Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Momentum and the Brain Injury Grampian (BIG) Group

Lindsay Spovage, resource development manager, Momentum

Why did you apply to this funder?

Momentum has long worked with people with brain injuries and delivers its Pathways vocational rehabilitation and training programme in Aberdeenshire.

Transitions will offer a service in rural parts of Grampian that will bridge the gap between community support and pre-vocational training.

The outcomes we proposed fitted two of the priorities of the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland, and we felt that applying in partnership was advantageous.

Describe the application process

The outline proposal stage was useful in focusing on the aims - to improve the lives of people with brain injury and their carers as they move from acute care to pre-vocational training. A more cohesive statement was followed by a business plan. We also gathered the information we needed to monitor activities, capture information and evaluate outcomes. Finally, we tackled the application form online. The whole process took about five months.

Three months later we heard we had been successful.

Is part of the money for training?

Training, included in the project's budget, is rolled out as part of the Momentum staff training and knowledge programme. The BLF award will pay for the salaries of two workers for three years and their IT equipment.

Did you apply to other funders?

Only to local statutory providers for match funding.

Why we gave the grant

Big Lottery Fund spokeswoman

This partnership bid was well presented, with both organisations bringing their own strengths and expertise to the table. Supported by an excellent business plan, the proposal provided clearly defined and achievable outcomes.

Through consultation with beneficiaries it was clear there was a gap in support for patients. The Transitions project will address this gap by providing the support required to bring an improved quality of life. In the long term, it will reduce social and economic isolation and ensure more effective rehabilitation. The focus on providing support for carers also fitted with one of the priorities for our Developing Communities grant programme.

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