Maggie Owen, finance and fundraising officer
Why did you apply to this fund? Back in April 2001, the fund gave us £4,000 for a feasibility visit to Angola to look at how we could help to rebuild the lives of its poorest disabled people. The new grant will fund a project with our Angolan partner organisation, LARDEF, which helps to train disabled people as community activists for mine risk education.
The project also supports their income generation projects. It runs from April 2005 to 2008, in Moxico and Huambo, Angola. Our name reflects our use of technology such as the Jaipur Limb, a prosthetic foot for amputees, to help people in India and Mozambique. The fund's international grants programme promotes landmine action, so this project was a good match.
What did the application involve? We applied in May 2003, just six weeks before the fund's big grants freeze. At that point we had received positive feedback but no formal offer. The first stage was a 24-page application form; the second, a three-hour face-to-face assessment interview. During the grants freeze we were on tenterhooks waiting to find out when our money would come, but the fund acted properly throughout the legal battle.
It told us only what was confirmed and didn't waste time communicating about press speculation.
Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Yes, £24,000 is for beneficiaries, staff and volunteer training, and there is sufficient money for LARDEF project staff. The Diana fund and Comic Relief do understand the importance of core costs. We have begun to understand which grantmakers don't, and target our requests accordingly.
Did you apply to other funders? No. We felt positive about the outcome of the court case and had other projects to advance, so we decided not to seek funding elsewhere. If the case had been prolonged, we would have waited for a clearer indication of how long before approaching other sources of funds.