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

Sarah Thorn, fundraising manager

Why did you apply to this foundation? The Genesis Trust is a local Bath charity for the homeless and people in need. We wanted to expand one of our projects, the Genesis furniture project, which sells donated furniture and household goods at low cost to anyone on benefit or a low income within a 10-mile radius of Bath.

We needed to transport furniture to our new scheme, the Wood Works, a furniture restoration project that provides work placements for the long-term unemployed. But first we needed funding for two new vans, a new member of staff and an advertising campaign, as well as money for capital improvements to store more furniture.

What did the application process involve? There was a 22-page application form to be completed, with detailed guidelines. We then received a visit from Cred to clarify the details of our application.

Could the application have been simpler? It was a fairly lengthy form, but the guidelines were helpful.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The funding received is for capital improvements and a new member of staff.

Did you apply to other funders? We had already received matched funding from a local trust.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT - Laura Jex, spokeswoman, Cred

The Genesis Trust offers an important service to the residents of Bath.

Its application was for the expansion of an already successful project.

However, it was clear from the number of requests for collections of household goods from local residents that an increased service was needed, and the bid from the Genesis Trust represented good value for money. The organisation's promise to offer full and ongoing support to those on low incomes also fitted well with the priorities of the Cred programme.

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