Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - ContinYou

Kieron Nolan, out-of-school-hours learning project manager, ContinYou

Why did you apply to this funder? For three years Deutsche Bank had funded us to help schools set up and run out-of-school-hours maths clubs for year-seven students who fell below the national target in maths.

At the end of the partnership we wanted to do something different that still matched Deutsche Bank's priorities. After discussions with the chief executive, we decided one way to do this would be to develop financial literacy board games, using some of the maths clubs to trial them. The funding is for the academic year 2005/06.

What did the application process involve? Initially it was a case of seeing if we could get funding for a fourth year. Our contacts at the bank were very receptive and invested a lot of time in creating a proposal of which their funding committee would approve.

It took a couple of weeks of internal meetings and drafts to complete the standard three-page proposal template. The actual application was straightforward.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The main budget components are staff time, production costs and grants to schools, but there is a contribution to ContinYou's core costs. It also pays for external evaluation of the maths clubs.

Did you apply to other funders? No.

Why we gave the grant

Kerry Ortuzar, community development manager, Deutsche Bank

Education is one of the specific charitable activities Deutsche Bank focuses on, particularly programmes that use the arts and creativity to support literacy and numeracy. These are vital to the success of our business, so it made sense to support a programme that aims to build these skills.

ContinYou's approach to developing these skills, using fun and creative methods, made its proposal stand out. Deutsche Bank is proud to be able to support what we know will go on to have a long and positive impact on the lives of many.

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