ROBIN BOLES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF IN KIND DIRECT ...
What is the project and when will it start? The grant, now in its second year, is to fund a scheme to sign 300 small voluntary organisations in Scotland's Fair Share areas - Dundee, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and South Ayrshire - to our network.
The network allows partners to buy everyday goods from a monthly catalogue for their own operations or the people they serve, for between 5 and 10 per cent of the normal cost. Registration for the first year is free, and charities receive vouchers to get their first £1,500 of goods free.
To ensure that we reach all potentially interested charities, we have set up an Ambassador Network of Councils for Voluntary Service in appropriate parts of Scotland.
The charity Kibble, which provides lifeskills to teenagers in Paisley, recently became an ambassador. Some 87 charities in Glasgow signed up to become partners last week when Kibble launched our project to them.
Apart from its ambassador role, Kibble is using the project to provide work experience to teenagers who are selecting and boxing goods, and learning organisational and marketing skills in the process.
Do you need further funding to set up this project? No. It is already running well.
Which other trusts or foundations funded this project? We previously received funding to help other Scottish groups, but never to work with a large collection of groups. We received £5,000 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, £9,000 from the Robertson Trust and £10,000 from the MacRobert Trusts.
Is this your first grant from the Big Lottery Fund? It's our first for Scotland. We previously received two Community Fund grants; £177,000 for start-up costs and £196,200 to update our IT system to move to web-ordering.
Was the application a simple process?
Thorough would be a better description, but it wasn't particularly difficult.