Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Drugsline Chabad

Rabbi Aryeh M Sufrin, director

Why did you apply to the foundation? We are only partly funded by local government, so I am always on the lookout for further funding opportunities.

We had previously applied to the Jack Petchey Foundation to support our crisis-intervention programme, but we were turned down. However, the foundation indicated that it would be interested in learning more about our schools and youth educational programmes, so we applied for funding for that.

It fitted the criteria, in that it was in east London and for an education project.

What did the application process involve? It was a basic application form followed by a personal interview. We had to prove how many young people would benefit from the services, so we included letters of support from schools that have benefited from our drugs awareness projects. Because many organisations offer drugs-related support, we had to show that Drugsline Chabad was unique. Overall, the process turned out to be far easier than other applications we have made.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? This was a very direct grant to cover the schools education programme alone, which reaches 1,200 to 1,500 schoolchildren a month. Two outreach workers in recovery from substance misuse visit schools to talk to the children about their experiences. The grant covered half of one of their salaries. Funding of salaries is the most difficult to secure; such funders are few and far between.

Did you apply to other funders? We have secured funding from other trusts for different elements of the work.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT - ANDREW BILLINGTON, DIRECTOR, JACK PETCHEY FOUNDATION

The project fell well within our criteria and objective of helping young people to reach their potential. I visited Drugsline Chabad's educational team when they were presenting a programme at Woodfood Country High School.

I listened to these young adults speak to teenagers at the school about drugs and was impressed by the way they talked about addiction.

The two speakers sharing their experiences of addiction were really powerful.

That is why we decided to support the programme - to help encourage young people to stay away from drugs.

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