Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Sue Ryder Care

ALISON CLOSS, trust fundraising manager, Sue Ryder Care

Why did you apply to this trust? The trust invited us to apply for grant funding under its annual Special Project programme. The trustees were looking for a project that would "enhance the life experience of people between 18 and 65 who are dependent on long-term residential care due to complex physical and mental disabilities".

What did the application process involve? We were given about six weeks to write and submit the application. There was a prescribed structure for the submission, but the trust agreed to a brief meeting before we began, which we found helpful.

Could the application have been simpler?

Not really. The trust provided clear guidance and was happy to answer any questions.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Primarily infrastructure.

It will enable us to provide residents at our neurological care centres with stand-alone ICT facilities and portable technology to be used for communication, leisure and learning. People with severe neurological conditions can find it difficult to communicate verbally.

Why we gave the grant

Did you apply to other funders? No.

DAVID RICHINGS, director, Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

Sue Ryder Care presented a bid of the highest quality, which was judged to be the best fit with the theme and criteria set for the trust's annual humanitarian Special Project.

The charity was assiduous in developing its submission. It faced strong competition from other impressive applicants, but its bid won the unanimous support of our trustees. It was important that Sue Ryder Care had a strong track record in the delivery of major programmes. This gave the trustees confidence that the charity had the capability to manage the project effectively, to budget and on time.

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