Posted tagged ‘charitable trusts and foundations’

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 5 (b)

March 7, 2010

A Little More about Outcomes:

In response to a couple of requests, and because I think this is one of the main obstacles to a great funding bid, I’m going to expand a little on the vexed question of outcomes.

When I wrote about this earlier this year, I said that if you found the outcomes question EASY to answer, you probably hadn’t done it right.  I stick by that.   It is always going to be a difficult balancing act, to strike the correct line between wanting to OVER-state your outcomes (because you want to show how brilliant your project will be), and UNDER-stating your outcomes (because you want to make sure you can deliver them and demonstrate you have delivered them).   



Favourite funding sources – update: Awards for All simplifies!

February 21, 2010

So is someone from Awards for All reading this blog?  Did my uncensored rant against the unnecessary complexities of their forms really make a difference?  No I don’t think so as their changes must have been well underway before I ranted.  But nevertheless, it’s cause for celebration throughout the land!

Awards for All was intended to be the “simple” bit of Lottery funding, for small, local projects often run by previously unfunded community-based organisations.  But with a centralised over-controlling approach (perhaps stemming from top-heavy micro-management from political masters nervous of bad publicity if money went to a group unable to properly manage it), they achieved a ridiculously-complex form which was totally disproportionate to the small levels of funding offered.     (more…)

Favourite funding sources – part two

January 29, 2010

It was pleasing to see how many readers had clicked through on the link to last week to follow up my suggestion of accessing Comic Relief and Grassroots grants through your local Community Foundation.  If you’re successful, do let me know!

It’s impossible to discuss funding sources without mentioning the Lottery.   Now many of us remember when there was a plethora of different funding streams under that heading, a whole range of completely separate awarding bodies.  Is it good news that they’ve mostly merged into BIG Lottery and Awards for All?  I thought it was, but am now unsure because in April 2009 they moved arts, sports and heritage back OUT of Awards for All and returned them to the Arts Council, the Sports Council, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Some arts organisations complain that the benefits of Awards for All was that favouritism didn’t come into it, but now that applications go to the Arts Council smaller organisations struggle and feel discriminated against.  But that’s all wandering into controversial areas!  And we are where we are, and must write our bids accordingly!     (more…)

Favourite funding sources – part one

January 19, 2010

Today I want to point you towards your local Community Foundation, for several very good reasons.  In most areas of the United Kingdom they are distributing some quite significant pots of money, but usually through  a much simplified, more user-friendly application process.

Comic Relief grants, FairShare grants, and Grassroots grants are all available through the Community Foundations, and these three pots are invaluable for smaller voluntary and community organisations.  Best of all, you don’t need to be a registered charity to receive any of them.     (more…)

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 5

January 11, 2010


Oh this is a big topic!  Getting to grips with inputs, outputs and outcomes is a whole two-day training course – more than can be dealt with in a short blog!   Still, I’ll do my best 🙂     (more…)

Sharing the secrets of my favourite charitable trusts and foundations

December 18, 2009

Given the season of good will and all that, I wondered whether there would be any interest in me sharing the details of some of my favourite less well-known charitable trusts and foundations?     (more…)

Ten Steps to the Perfect Funding Bid: step 3

December 13, 2009


It’s crucial to understand that charitable trusts and foundations are governed by Trustees who may be descended from the long-dead philanthropist who set up the fund, and they are often emotionally bound up with their ancestor’s original wishes and interests.  Although this is money now designated to be distributed for charitable purposes, we must never forget that it stems from private money, and we are in effect begging Oliver Twist-style for our bowls to be filled with a handout from the rich.  The point is that they can be as capricious as they like – if anything in the bid we submit doesn’t hit their priorities exactly, there is no good reason on earth why they would choose to give THEIR money to OUR project.     (more…)