Fundraising News: Grants

DAVID KESTERTON, Speakeasy project manager ...

What is the project and when will it start? Speakeasy gives parents, carers and professionals the information and skills to talk to their children about sex and relationships. The project's original funding has finished so this new tranche will develop our work further. The lottery money will provide training packages for parents and communities.

Do you need any further funding to set up the project? No. We also received £250,000 from the Parenting Fund over 18 months. That money will go to train 480 professionals working in Sure Start and children's centres and is part of the Department for Education and Skills' pilot investment in the parenting sector. So we hope to continue when the trial period ends.

However, the lottery grant is tapered, leaving a shortfall for the last two years. So during the second year, we will have to find 25 per cent of the funding ourselves and a further 50 per cent the following year.

How many trusts did you apply to for this funding? We made an unsuccessful application to the Bridge House Trust.

Is this your first grant from Big Lottery Fund? Our original grant for Speakeasy came from the Community Fund (now the Big Lottery Fund), to which we've applied four times, twice successfully. This current application follows a previously rejected £1m bid to its strategic fund. Although the Big Lottery Fund is interested in our work, it felt our first application asked for too much and didn't fit its criteria. So it helped us to develop an application, which it eventually approved.

Was the application a simple process? Administration for the Parenting Fund grant was quite straightforward. But the Big Lottery Fund application was less so. Having spent a lot of time and energy on our first unsuccessful application, we made some radical changes the second time, so the Big Lottery Fund's support was extremely valuable.

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