Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - The Stroke Association

Faith Ingham, trust and statutory fundraising manager, the Stroke Association

Why did you apply to this trust or foundation? We applied for funding under the last round of grants issued under the Community Fund's strategic grants programme.

The programme's aim was to help meet the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society and to improve the quality of life in communities.

The priority funding groups included older people and their carers and disabled people. This was relevant to the aims and objectives of the Stroke Association.

What did the application process involve? We put in an outline proposal at the start of 2005 and we found out in March 2006 that we were successful.

Although the application form was more than 40 pages long, not all sections were relevant to the bid we were making. We also included a 20-page business plan. The two interviews lasted 90 minutes each.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The grant will enable us to recruit four volunteer co-ordinators across England and Wales.

Did you apply to other funders? No.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT

Stephen Dunmore, chief executive, Big Lottery Fund

The Stroke Association already has a fairly established portfolio of volunteer opportunities, but there was a great inconsistency throughout the regions in the way volunteers were recruited, managed, trained and supported.

The project aims to recruit and establish four volunteer co-ordinators to overhaul the Stroke Association's volunteer framework. The project met our funding policy and priorities well, with evidence of need, planning and evaluation clearly laid out.

The application was timely and tied in with a newly launched stroke awareness campaign, which would boost the numbers of volunteers.

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