Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - The Drinkaware Trust

Matthew Bradby, grants and campaigns officer

Why did you apply to the fund? The Drinkaware Challenge is a peer mentoring project aimed at tackling and preventing alcohol misuse among young people in the UK, run partly with the UK Youth Achievement Awards. The large scale of the project meant we could only apply to the larger grant-giving bodies. The aims of our project seemed to fit exactly with the criteria for a BLF large projects grant.

What did the application process involve? It involved completing an application form, preparing a business plan, assembling a great deal of background information and finding a sponsor. When complete, the BLF application was 3cm thick. We also had an assessment interview. It was rather time- consuming - but we were applying for £358,000 out of total project costs of £900,000, so the detail was important.

Could the application have been simpler? The long format of some of the paperwork actually gave us the opportunity to really sell the project to the BLF.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? As a direct result of the grant we have been able to employ an additional grants officer for three years.

Did you apply to other funders? No. We were successful first time.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT - Stephen Dunmore, chief executive, Big Lottery Fund.

Alcohol addiction can have a devastating effect on the lives of sufferers as well as their friends and families. The Drinkaware Trust is performing a vital service in promoting public health through education and research on alcohol-related matters. By increasing the awareness of alcohol issues among young people, the trust can help to tackle the problem before alcohol gets a grip on their lives. In the long term, the trust will bring about a reduction in the range of alcohol-related problems among young people.

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