Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Centrepoint

John Raynham, statutory and trust fundraising manager, Centrepoint.

Why did you apply for this funding? The funding will enable us to develop employment and training opportunities for the young refugees we support.

We know that 25 per cent of the young homeless people accessing our services are refugees, yet we do not deliver a tailored service for this group.

What did the application process involve? We made a formal application, which included a project budget. We then filed a copy of our accounts with our annual report.

Could the application have been simpler? The form was very straightforward and allowed for a full and detailed description of the project. It required a lot of work. An expression of interest stage would help to reduce the work for charities whose work was not a priority for the funder.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? It will fund our dedicated refugee worker's one-to-one training sessions on employment and training opportunities as well as workshops in four of our services.

There is also a budget to support volunteering and work experience placements.

Did you apply to any other funders? We will continue to apply to other funders who support work with refugees because the Home Office grant is for 12 months only. Hopefully, Compact Plus will tackle the problems of short-term funding and full cost recovery for future grant rounds.


When reviewing Centrepoint's application, we looked for an understanding of the local needs of refugees, clear aims for the project, measurable outputs and real benefits for the refugees included.

It was also important that it provided a clear timetable for the project to achieve its aims, that the project was managed and monitored effectively and that it has a clear, structured budget.

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