Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Citizens Theatre

Antonia Brownlee, development manager, Citizens Theatre

Why did you apply to the foundation? The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has supported the Citizens Theatre since 1995. Last summer, a grants officer from the foundation came to see us and asked us to apply for three-year funding for the Citizens Young Company.

The company aims to attract 16 to 20-year-olds living in socially and economically deprived areas of Glasgow who have few further education or employment prospects.

What did the application involve? The foundation's guidelines for writing an application were very clear. There is no application form, but a series of questions that must be answered. The foundation was happy for us to send a 'shopping list' of projects we required funding for.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The money includes training and mentoring for the participants, as well as project costs for twice-yearly performances and theatre practitioner fees.

Did you apply to other funders? We applied to local trusts and foundations to fund our 2005 summer school pilot project. Grants totalled £3,500, but this was before Paul Hamlyn came on board.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT - Ruby Ireland, grants officer, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Young Company is a part of the theatre's work that represents a strong priority for us, in that it helps young people overcome disadvantage and achieve their full potential.

We were inspired to support its work with young people in the Gorbals who face social and economic deprivation. The concept of the Young Company emerged from needs expressed by young people in the area. Through the project, the theatre strengthens its unique position working with communities and producing high-quality theatre productions. It has demonstrated its worth as a beacon for raising aspirations and increasing arts access for many local communities.

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