Fundraising News: Grants



What is the project and when will it start? I will run 12 poetry workshops at youth clubs and at a young offenders unit over the next two months.

Some poems will relate to alcohol because its use by young people is a serious issue that needs to be addressed openly. Poems created at these sessions will be published in a book to be distributed free to schools, libraries and local community organisations.

Do you need further funding to set up the project? No, the grant has covered all project costs such as hiring venues for the workshops.

How many trusts or foundations did you apply to for this funding? Just the one.

Is this your first grant from the Commission? Yes - it only awards one grant per individual.

Was the application a simple process? Yes. I was led through the application process with a one-to-one visit from an outreach worker. The whole process took just two months from application to funding.

FUNDER - Joanne Davies, grants officer, WCVA

What feedback have you had about the award scheme? Feedback based on 69 individuals who have applied for funding showed that 82 per cent thought the process was very clear.

Do you offer core funding and what else do you fund? You and Your Community funding can only be used for running costs and small items of equipment that cost less than £500. Salaries are never included.

Are you happy to take telephone enquiries about the criteria of your grant programmes? During the active funding phase of our project we publicised form-filling helplines because we were more than happy to discuss project ideas and eligibility questions over the phone.

What system do you advise applicants to follow? We are happy to answer questions or even visit applicants to help them draft ideas.

See Hot Issue, p16.

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