Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - BTCV Green Gym

Yvonne Trchalik, development manager, BTCV Green Gym

Why did you apply for this funding?

Green gyms offer the opportunity to work out in the open air through local, practical environmental or gardening work.

We were aware that the Green Gym programme met many of the special grants programme objectives because it provides an innovative way for people to improve the quality of public spaces and build healthy and sustainable communities.

What did the application process involve? The first stage was five pages long; the second stage was a more detailed application form of 11 pages.

Two members of staff worked on the application in consultation with an internal development group of nine people. The application process took about 10 days.

Could the application have been simpler?

It was reasonably straightforward.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training?

The grant funds all project overheads, including management and administration.

It also pays for staff and volunteer training.

Did you apply to other funders?

Not for this project.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT - Len Britton, spokesman, ODPM

The special grants programme supports innovative work by voluntary and community sector organisations that involves people in the improvement of public spaces and helps to deliver our liveability and sustainable communities objectives.

The Green Gym project is an excellent example of the public and voluntary sectors working in partnership to involve people in improving their local environment. BTCV also has a proven track record in delivering projects like this.

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