Fundraising: How we got the grant - Young Voice

Adrienne Katz, chief executive

Why did you apply to this fund? This grant is for a training project for young parents leaving custody. Around 11,000 young people are in prison and we are asking some of them what type of training they would benefit from so we can create the right training pack for service providers outside prison. The fund previously paid for our book, which helped prisoners' families to maintain ties with relatives in jail.

What did the application process involve? It took me three months to research and identify the gap in provision, which included finding Home Office figures. That made the application hard to write. The actual 16-page application form was not online, which made it harder. The fund's individual assessor visited with a million questions in a gruelling face-to-face interview. We knew we had been approved before the fund's grants freeze, but it very correctly kept us well informed by letter.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? Yes. A total of £75,000 will help to fund salary costs over three years and £9,000 will help us to produce the training pack. The fund initially allowed us to apply for all our core costs, but as they were drawn up two years ago inflation has meant we must find a further £24,000 from elsewhere. The fund told me there was no chance it could make up the shortfall caused by the delay, so I am waiting to hear from the Camelot Foundation.

Did you apply to other funders for the main project? No - we undertook many local authority projects in the intervening period. We were planning to seek new funding this year, because I wasn't confident the fund's court case wouldn't drag on. However, the fund called me the day after it had settled it to say we would receive the money. We think the fund is the most appropriate source to pay for this project: its Diana-led image makes it more likely ex-prisoners will co-operate with us than if we were backed by the Home Office.

- See Policy and Politics, p12.

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