Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Leonard Cheshire International

Enzo Martinelli, international resource development manager, Leonard Cheshire.

Why did you apply to this funder? Leonard Cheshire International had already received funding for a similar small-scale project in Pakistan from the Community Fund. We were able to use that learning to design this project, which will benefit thousands of people with disabilities and their communities across four south Asian countries.

What did the application involve? We developed outcomes and defined activities for two months before submission to ensure consistency with our partners in the field and with donor guidelines.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Most of the money will go towards campaigning activities to raise awareness and train primary school teachers, parents, community leaders and other community stakeholders over five years.

Did you apply to other funders? Now that we have secured core funding for this programme we can ask other donors to match it with smaller donations.


The Leonard Cheshire Foundation was funded through the BLF's international grants programme, which awards grants to projects that tackle the causes of poverty and bring about a long-term difference to the most disadvantaged.

It clearly elucidated how the project would address the primary education priority of the programme, through increasing access to primary education for children with disabilities across four countries in south Asia.

By working with schools, teachers and faith leaders, the Leonard Cheshire Foundation will seek to change attitudes, develop inclusive teaching methods for use in schools and work with the ministries of education to modify school buildings where necessary.

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