Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Prostate Cancer Charity

David Buglar, trust officer, the Prostate Cancer Charity

Why did you apply to this trust or foundation? We decided to apply after reading an article on the Community Fund Scotland. Its criteria stipulated that projects should make a difference to the lives of disabled people and their carers by enabling them to access services and play a full part in community life. Our project targets men over the age of 65 with prostate cancer and their carers in the west of Scotland.

What did the application process involve? After we submitted a detailed application, the grants officer was very helpful and suggested we submit further evidence of need for the project. To gather this, we carried out a consultation in the target areas, inviting men to tell us about their experiences of living with prostate cancer.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The grant covers 85 per cent of project costs, including training and infrastructure.

Did you apply to other funders? No, but we will be seeking to fill the shortfall from smaller funders.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT - Dharmendra Kanani, director, Big Lottery Fund Scotland

This was a strong application from a leading organisation in the field of prostate cancer. There was a clear need for this project, backed up by extensive research carried out by the Prostate Cancer Charity across the west of Scotland.

The project proposal provided clearly defined and achievable outcomes.

In the long term it will help to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

The project also fitted one of the priorities of our Developing Communities grant programme to help people with long-term limiting health conditions to access existing services and reduce the isolation of patients and their carers.

The Prostate Cancer Charity: £153,215 grant.

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