Fundraising News: Grants

LUCY GAMPELL, DIRECTOR ...

What is the grant for? Core costs, mainly relating to our policy and campaigning work.

Do you need further funding for your main projects? We now have full funding to the end of March 2005, but we still require funds for our policy and campaigning work beyond that and for our national helpline supporting prisoners' families from December 2005.

Who stepped in to replace the funding frozen by the Diana fund in July 2003? Some of our existing funders, including the Lankelly Foundation, the Tudor Trust and the Nationwide Foundation, gave us extra funding or renewed grants that had ended. We also received some substantial private donations. All of these funds resulted from our direct requests, because we had to mount our own emergency strategy. We were not covered by the rescue plans that a range of trusts entered into with the Diana fund, because its trustees hadn't ratified our funding due to the Franklin Mint case.

Did the Diana fund help at all? It maintained a close dialogue over the past 20 months and nominated us to receive £10,000 from a concert held at the Royal Albert Hall in May.

Is this your first grant from the Diana fund? No, we received £298,000 in January 2001 for a three-year project to research and meet the needs of young people with a prisoner in their family. We also received £70,000 in 2003 to set up a small development grants scheme for our member organisations' projects.

Was the application for core funding a simple process? It was very simple and arose from our ongoing dialogue with the fund. It would have been time-effective too, were it not for the crisis. We received our money two weeks ago after the application had been stalled for four months and frozen completely from July 2003. Given the uncertainty, we operated on the basis that we wouldn't receive it all.

See Newsmaker, p14.

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