Liz Williams, fundraising co-ordinator, Ace ...
What is the project and when will it start? We are an independent national advice centre for parents. We also provide information and support for parents of children in state schools, through helplines, booklets, handbooks and our website.
The centre deals with issues such as special educational needs, bullying, admissions, exclusions and truancy.
This grant enables us to establish a new advice line on education issues for parents and carers referred to us by Parentline Plus, which offers information, but not advice, to parents with a wide range of family problems.
Evaluation of a pilot project we ran this spring indicated that many callers to our other lines rang about education issues, so we will launch this service next month and have the funding to run it until March 2006.
We are currently seeking to recruit staff with a background in education law to help run the service.
Do you need further funding to set up the project? It is fully funded. But we do need funds for our other telephone helplines, such as our general and exclusion from school advice lines.
Both services are over-subscribed, and we are looking for £65,000 to cover the costs of these services in the coming year.
How many trusts or foundations did you apply to for this funding? The DfES invited us to apply to the Parenting Fund, therefore, we have not approached any other organisations to fund this project.
Which of the centre's other projects has the fund previously aided? We received a preliminary grant from the Parenting Fund in December 2003 to pilot a referral service.
Was the application a simple process? Yes, the application was simple and time-effective because the DfES worked hard to make the process straightforward.
The application form was concise, and the amount of back-up information was limited.