Lucy Rothstein, fundraising manager, Tall Ships Youth Trust
Why did you apply to the grant-making arm of the Freemasons? We share a long-standing relationship. In 2002, the charity gave us £20,000 to benefit 60 young people in the same way as the present grant, which will enable 200 disadvantaged young people to take part in a tall ships voyage over the next two years. The Freemasons' fundraising committee chairman tells us that we fit its criteria of helping disadvantaged young people.
As part of the grant's conditions, we must acknowledge the funder in our annual report and on our website and press releases. We must also produce a project plan showing performance indicators every six months.
What did the application involve? A user-friendly, six-page application form was divided into sections, including our objectives and annual accounts.
The space for appendices that was provided proved really useful - in those we described our work and included young people's quotes to back up what we do. We posted the application form in June and received a confirmation letter and the first year's cheque in October. The whole process was absolutely spot-on and relatively straightforward, considering the charity's size. Other small grant-making trusts often make us jump through hoops, so this was a very good return on our time.
Is part of the money for infrastructure? It is built in. We are very clear to funders that the cost of sending a young person to sea for one night is based on a simple formula that includes the need for full cost recovery. Most funders seem happy with this principle.
Did you apply to other funders? Yes. Many of our grants come from traditional funders that want to help young people, and many others are from maritime funders. A large number of trusts don't fund us because there is a lot of competition from Outward Bound youth work charities.