Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - National Library for the Blind

ANGELA GINGER, fundraising co-ordinator, National Library for the Blind.

Why did you apply to this trust or foundation? The aim of the project is to research the production of an interactive reading website for visually impaired children. Currently, 81 per cent of websites are inaccessible to visually impaired computer users, which means 22,000 blind and partially sighted children in the UK are excluded from being introduced to books in this innovative way.

What did the application process involve? We submitted an initial seven-page proposal that included the background to the project, a timetable and a breakdown of costs. Argos then came to the library to meet the team and discuss the application in more detail.

Could the application have been simpler? No, and we were pleased at how Argos kept us in the loop at all stages of the process.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Part of the grant funds staff for focus groups with children. It also covers marketing and technical team support.

Did you apply to other funders? We did discuss the proposal with other potential funders, but there was reluctance to fund the research phase of a new scheme.


LAURENCE SINGER, CSR manager, Argos Retail Group

We were keen to bring the charity closer to its aim to deliver socially inclusive electronic library services to computer-literate blind and partially sighted children.

The project was an ideal fit with the Argos CSR strategy to help young people have better opportunities in life. We wanted to support projects of at least one to three years' duration, and support short-term projects that would leave the charity or cause strengthened financially because of our involvement.

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