Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Quarriers' Bishram Project

Ian Murray, head of grants, Quarriers

Why did you apply to this foundation? The approach that we at Quarriers, the Scottish-based charity, take to our overseas work, fits well with the foundation's funding criteria, especially in terms of capacity building, empowerment, partnerships with overseas indigenous NGOs and the transfer of skills and knowledge. We have a long-standing relationship with the foundation, so it knows us well.

What did the application process involve? The application form is available in electronic form and was in no way onerous. However, the limited space for responses in a Lloyds TSB application does force you to think a lot harder in terms of making every word count. Additional detail on the project was provided in a two-page supplementary information sheet.

Probably the most important element of the application process was the assessment visit from Alex Nairn, the grants officer. The assessment was rigorous but relaxed, and went very well.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Not specifically, but the project is part of Quarriers' wider role with the local NGO in Kathmandu. The money will help to build capacity, to train, and to transfer knowledge and best practice.

Did you apply to other funders? We were hoping that Lloyds TSB would fund the entire costs for at least five years. This avoids complicated funding packages and the administrative burden of reporting back to a multitude of funders. As it is, the foundation will fully fund the Nepalese street children's shelter for three years.



Besides the work we do with Scottish charities working in Scotland, we do a lot of work with Scottish charities working in developing countries.

The work that Quarriers wanted to do in Nepal fitted well with our funding criteria.

When deciding which organisations we want to fund, we always look for charities that we have a degree of confidence in, and also look at the sort of groups that are going to benefit from our funding. We were impressed by the work that Quarriers has been doing, and with the large number of street children that have benefited from its work.

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