Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - LawWorks - Project LawWorks for Community Groups

Funder: Vodafone UK Foundation

Amount: £132,570 over three years

Mercedes Mendez Ribas, project manager, LawWorks for Community Groups.

Why did you apply to this foundation? The project delivers free legal advice through a network of volunteer lawyers to charities that cannot afford legal fees. We heard about The Vodafone UK Foundation through the legal department at Vodafone. The project had already received funds from Vodafone's employees after its pilot scheme. Facing the need for expansion, we re-applied to Vodafone for the funds necessary to employ an extra team member.

What did the application process involve? A simple application form supported by our business plan, a summary of planned outcomes and letters from lawyers and charities that had already been helped.

Could the application have been simpler?

It was simple, but getting ready for the next stage of the project's development took months of preparation - which proved to be a very useful planning exercise.

Does the money cover infrastructure or training? It covers infrastructure, training and salary for one full-time staff member.

Did you apply to other funders? Not for the new post, but we have recently received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help secure the long-term future of the project.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT - Sarah Shillito, head of the Vodafone UK Foundation

LawWorks Community Groups provides the legal teams at Vodafone with an excellent opportunity to volunteer skills. The results from the original funding in 2003 were impressive and LawWorks was able to provide legal advice to twice the number of charities as before.

We were keen to continue supporting such a successful programme. LawWorks provided a comprehensive report outlining the clear benefits of the project to date. The report gave us confidence that LawWorks continued to fit our criteria and that the expansion of its team would help to reach more small charities and voluntary groups.

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