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Brian Kokoruwe, project manager (recipient)

What is the project and when will it start? The Disabled People's Archive and History Project will identify and collate the history of the disabled people's movement. The grant will help us to collect fresh data, compile existing material, and identify an accessible venue to host what will be a large range of diverse materials and artefacts to be retained in the archive.

The coalition is controlled by disabled people and seeks to demonstrate and promote good practice. In September 2002, we conducted a detailed reappraisal of our aims, objectives and plans and the creation of a proper archive to record the history and ongoing development of the disabled people's movement emerged as a high priority.

Do you need further funding to set up the project? Yes. We have 90 per cent for the first year, but I will develop and implement detailed funding applications and proposals for a sustainable archive. But I do welcome informal contacts from the organisations who might want to help fund the project.

How many trusts or foundations did you apply to for this funding? None yet, because we are in the process of developing the plan and budgets for the archive.

Was the application a simple process? No. It wasn't very straightforward and it had a long application form, but it will be worth it.

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