Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Discus

JANE SHARPS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CORNWALL DISABILITY FORUM

Why did you apply to this foundation? The Cornwall Disability Forum became aware some time ago of an 'all-terrain' wheelchair that is available in the US. The chairs, known as 'sandchairs', can be used on our local beaches.

When Andrew Middleton, director of the Cornwall Community Foundation, was appointed, he explained the extent of its community commitment and future plans. Through negotiations with the Wheelchair Corporation in the West Midlands and financial support from the CCF, we were able to have three sandchairs flown over.

What did the application process involve? The form was about eight pages long. I enclosed information about the sandchairs and a photo of one in use as well as our constitution, annual report and accounts.

Could the application have been simpler? No, it was very straightforward.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The funding request was mainly for capital.

Did you apply to other funders? No, but there are 52 accessible blue flag beaches in Cornwall and we aim to keep going with the fundraising until we get one for each beach.

Andrew Middleton, executive director, Cornwall Community Foundation

Why we gave the grant

The application was well written and came from a respected local organisation.

The DfES Local Network fund, which provided the money, targets young people who are isolated or have trouble accessing services, and there was a strong fit with the objectives. The idea was innovative and fitted well with the Cornish environment. We liked the idea that it would also benefit young people visiting the county. And the chairs can be used for other activities, such as abseiling. Overall, it was a well-presented idea that seemed to have a wide benefit.

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