Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Sense Scotland

Mairi Morrison, deputy head of fundraising, Sense Scotland

Why did you apply to Children in Need? We work with children and adults who have communication support needs because of deafblindness, sensory impairment or learning and physical disabilities. To develop our services, we purchased a building in Kinning Park, Glasgow, to become 'Touchbase' - a centre for day services.

We applied to BBC Children in Need because we have a long-standing relationship with it. We needed funding for Touchbase's family suite, which was a good match to its criteria. It will include a children's playroom, family lounge, kitchen, outside play area and adjoining sensory room and quiet room.

BBC Children in Need supports organisations working with children disadvantaged by disability, poverty, abuse, illness or neglect and behavioural or psychological problems. It was our first choice to approach for funding.

What did the application process involve? We received an application pack containing guidelines and a hard copy application form. An electronic version is available, although the format means that text cannot be saved.

The guidance was clear and the four-page form simple to complete. We also provided an independent referee and a detailed business plan.

The application took about one month to complete, and it was followed by a visit from an assessor.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? No - in this instance we asked for the capital build costs only.

Did you apply to other funders? No.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT

Fraser Falconer, national co-ordinator Scotland, BBC Children in Need.

Sense Scotland has a creative and innovative way of working with children with profound needs and their families. We have a long connection with the charity and knew its capabilities and talent.

When it approached us for funding for this building, we thought it was exciting that it wasn't on the outskirts of town or in an obscure suburb, but in a disadvantaged community with good transport links. This is very important for families that feel isolated. We know that a resource like this will be of great benefit to Sense and to the wider community, which will also be able to use it.

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