Victoria Marcello, funding development officer…
What is the project and when will it start?
Harambee is a health promotion project that aims to bring about a significant and long-term improvement in the sexual health of people from African communities in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
Volunteers will be trained and supported to deliver the project in their local area. ‘Harambee’, a Swahili word meaning ‘pulling together’, captures the focus of this project, which is to empower communities to take responsibility for their own health and social care needs via provision of information.
The project, which starts in September, will provide many services, including presenting information on sexual health and HIV to local African people, providing one-to-one support to individuals and signposting people to other THT services and external agencies. It will also establish information outlets in local community settings.
Do you need further funding to set up the project?
Yes. The Big Lottery Fund has funded around 75 per cent of the project costs, which leaves THT with a further £85,000 to raise.
Have you approached any other funders for this project?
No. However, a proportion of our projected voluntary annual income for the next three years will be devoted to matching the Big Lottery Fund grant awarded for this project.
Is this your first grant from the Big Lottery Fund?
The trust has received four grants in the past from the Community Fund, the lottery distributor that recently merged with the New Opportunities Fund to form the Big Lottery Fund.
Was the application a simple process?
Due to the size of the project, the application process was fairly complicated. It involved writing a business plan and providing a lot of supporting information. However, the process did ensure we thought through all elements of the project thoroughly.