Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Jessie May Trust

Ruth Russell, trusts and major donor fundraiser, Jessie May Trust

Why did you apply to this foundation? The foundation approached us after an anonymous nomination to its trustees. It was looking to support development within a health charity in the Bristol area. In our tenth year and at a pivotal point in our development, we were the ideal choice.

The foundation's support will, we hope, help us to provide appropriate professional nursing and respite to every family with a terminally ill child in our area by 2010.

What did the application process involve? We hosted a meeting with the foundation's chief executive, at which we explained how investment in our strategy would increase our capacity and improve our service delivery.

He then presented our proposal to the trustees, who agreed to fund all areas of the fundraising development strategy.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Our strategy includes the new post of community and events fundraiser, updating our ICT systems, public relations consultancy, marketing materials and new fundraising initiatives.

Did you apply to other funders? No.


Roderick Shaw, chief executive, James Tudor Foundation

We are a Bristol-based grant-making foundation whose principal object is the relief of sickness. The trustees were pleased to receive a nomination for the Jessie May Trust, which shares many of our aims.

We visited the trust, after which it submitted a refined proposal that would provide maximum assistance to those in need within our mutual areas of benefit.

Our trustees were happy to approve an award following the presentation of a well-researched and clear proposal from a well-managed local charity that demonstrates care and commitment to its work. This is our first substantial award - I think it will really do something to help.

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