Fundraising News: Grants


What is the project and when will it start? After 22 years, Roots & Shoots is building new headquarters on our site in the heart of north Lambeth.

Building work has already started and the site will be ready next summer.

The charity provides vocational training for disadvantaged young people who have not coped at school and find it hard to get work. Many have difficult home circumstances. We teach them gardening and woodwork, as well as other practical and social skills.

The environment is very supportive and many former trainees come back often. Our half-acre wildlife garden is much used and loved by the community and visited by 2,000 schoolchildren a year. Our new building will allow us to double trainee numbers. It will provide new offices, workshops and a shop to raise funds and teach retail skills. There will also be a large hall for the local community to use.

Do you need further funding to set up the project? We need another £113,000. We had raised the full amount for what we needed, but then the chance to buy the freehold arose which we could not turn down.

How many trusts and foundations did you apply to for this funding? A total of eight, four of which turned us down. Apart from the LDA, we have received funds from the Big Lottery Fund (£200,000), the Bridge House Trust (£68,000 for disabled access) the Walcot Foundation (£30,000) and the Rufford Foundation (£4,000 to equip our kitchen). The Department of Trade and Industry awarded us £53,000 for our energy-saving 'photovoltaic' roof and we received £30,000 from a local benefactor.

Is this your first grant from the LDA? Yes, we were lucky first time.

Was the application a simple process? Yes, thanks to the support of Lambeth Regeneration. Our relationship goes back many years and we could not have done it without their encouragement and expertise.

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