Fundraising: How we got the grant - British Lung Foundation

Catherine Lightfoot, head of fundraising

Why did you apply to this fund? The grant will fund our new Welsh office, and help us set up more Breathe Easy support groups for people with debilitating lung conditions in Wales. We only have two support groups in Wales, compared with 20 in England, but 23 per cent of people in Wales have a lung condition because of its industrial past.

Our UK office received £270,000 from the Community Fund in 2003, which helped to set up our Breathe Easy network in England. We met the fund's main priorities, which were to tackle disadvantaged areas and improve community lives.

What did the application process involve? We completed a three-page pre-application form to outline how our project met the fund's priorities.

Then a grants officer gave us a 32-page application form and provided advice on areas where the fund wanted more clarity. We were required to answer more questions too, particularly about where we got our figures showing the need for our services and how the scheme fitted with the Welsh Assembly's priorities.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The whole grant is essentially intended to help us set up a Welsh office, paying for the salaries of two members of staff and office equipment. About 15 per cent of the money will be used to train Breathe Easy staff.

Did you apply to other funders? No. Our enquiries before we made the successful grant application showed us that we would not obtain such a large single injection of money elsewhere. But now we have the start-up money we hope other trusts will see the initial grants as an endorsement for our project. We will start our applications to 20 other trusts in May, seeking £20,000 for materials to promote the Breathe Easy groups. We have also identified a range of other trusts that could give small sums.

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