The beneficiary logo has been designed to tell the public that you have received Lottery money Only recipients may use it The logo is one piece of artwork Elements may not be altered in anyway! There are two versions of the beneficiary logo: standard and high-impact Standard logo preferred Use the high-impact logo if space is limited or where the public has less time to register the mark SIZE : We have a minimum size to make sure our logo is clear and easy to read Standard logo: make sure crossed fingers symbol is at least 12mm High Impact: make sure crossed fingers symbol is at least 14mm COLOUR: Two full colour options: pink and blue You cannot change to one of your corporate colours You can also use our black or reversed-out logo
BIG has a legal requirement to announce all grants made - as a public grant-making body our records need to transparent and every grant that we make goes onto our website and the DCMS website available for pubic to see Most grants are announced in our press releases. If you’ve seen our grant offer letters you probably would have seen the embargo dates for making the information public The embargo dates are usually about 4 weeks after the committee meeting. The delay is because we can only announce the grants that have been formally accepted and sometimes, e.g: when a key person at the organisation is on holidays, there is a delay in response and the press team needs time to draft the releases Once the grant has been announced, it is over to you to continue with the publicity
Idea is to give you the basic tools needed to promote yourselves, not only with press but to key stakeholders too, including other funders For example, to raise awareness about their organisation and the work they do; to become visible in the local community All England-wide media work is carried out by the Big Lottery Fund’s corporate press team based in London
Have an idea of what you want to say about your project, who you want to say it to and ideally when you want to say it For example – grand opening of disabled loo. Where it is, time, date etc, how much awarded – sex up! In trying to do this ideally you want to have three key messages about your project that you will be able to get across succinctly but be able to elaborate on if asked and provide examples to bolster your point if needed. Prepare some Q& As about your project for you to use if asked – think about the sort of questions you might get asked about your project – including the difficult ones! Do your research - think about the wider context of your project –for instance how your project benefits the wider community not just the direct beneficiaries; How is your project perceived by the community, how your project might relate to the current news agenda, what other groups in the area might be doing and if there is any overlap with your project. Journalists may want to see how they can link your project into other news or may have their own agenda for a news story so the more you know the better prepared you will be. Knebworth – chatting to one of the childminders I discovered she’d been a pupil – there’s your story! What topics/news is hot at the moment – themes, issues, debates How is your organisation viewed by your different stakeholders?
Try to identify and remember the key writers, people who have particular interests in the fields that you are working in, get to know their agendas. By linking your story to what they want to write about you can get yourself noticed Build up your contacts. Provide them with good reliable stories on deadline and you can become a first point of contact, an expert in the field if you want Journalists are on a deadline, which is why they always go to their sources first when researching a piece Also another key word here is – Context! No use giving even good information to someone without making it clear why this information is important Just because you work in you field and some things are obvious to you, don’t assume they are obvious to everyone else. Journalists sometimes need things spelling out to them and they have a short attention span so present information to them accordingly Journalists are your ways of getting the message out – your get the journalist - you get their audiences Journalists are lazy – love their work being done for them and why not? You are the experts of your project.
What’s hot: Xfactor, soaps, Olympics, Springwatch, Look for a hook.
Exclusivity - (but it has to be real) – if exclusive is broken give the journalist a call; they hate make believe exclusives Clarity - firstly, have something to say - if you are not clear yourself about what message you want to get across then don’t so it. It is better not to say anything then say something that doesn’t make sense. Examples – journalists love case studies or real life stories as it brings the story to life and helps them to visualise the sort of story they can write. They like to see a journey - whether it is making a difference to a community or changing an environment – they want to see examples to bring the story to life. Key facts are always good to have to hand about the project – for example - how many people use the service – how many more you will be able to reach because of the grant, what the funding will actually be spent on, the types of people benefiting from the project – eg young or old SEXY STATS!! Human interest angles – all stories are about people at the end of the day and that is what journalists are interested in – they want to know how your project has changed someone’s life and they would probably like to speak to that person so make sure if you have an ‘example‘ person that they are happy to talk to the press. Contacts – make sure you provide contact details of the key people involved in the project that are ahppy to talk to journalists and are available. Prep any people you put as contacts.
Think about the key information that the journalist will need to know including your key messages Information that will give them a rounded and clear understanding of what the organisation/project is about Case studies and real life examples of the benefits of the project are always good A spokesperson doesn’t have to be the head of the organisation – just the best person for the job. Sometimes this can be a project user Distribute example of Forces in Mind Q & A’s
The most traditional pro-active media tool is press release And of course when referring to BIG, please do so as detailed in your guidance packs!
Headline important to grab journalists attention but they will often make up their own for the one that goes to print – they know what will grab their readers attention – think of some of the classic red-top headlines! Opening para’s – present the most important info first – when, who, what, where, why, how Journalists might not read the whole press release – they will often read the first few sentences to see if it’s worth reading the wyhole thing – make sure you include all the most important info in the first paras, in order of importance Keep in concise and accessible: don’t use flowery language, acronyms or anything that they are not going to understand Upside down pyramid – important stuff first!
Keep sentences short – 15-20 words, be punchy, mix up short with longer ones, break up too many long sentences
Use headed paper if possible to reinforce your brand: logo, recognition Embargo: for date sensitive information, eg: findings of a report Want to give journalists time to write the story and find out necessary background info but not to print it until after a certain date Quotes bring a story to life – as already mentioned Check: spelling, grammar, quoted sources…. Photos – add colour, a focal point Statistics (that can be backed up) are also useful in context, but keep them simple and relevant Proof read (example of annual review!)
To sum up on proactive work: Build you relationship with the press Know the news agenda Know the context in which your organisation is perceived Know what other groups are doing in the field Have information readily available for journalists, if they request it Use case studies Have a picture database if need be Identify your spokesperson – it doesn’t necessarily have to be the head of the organisation Return their calls When sending out press releases, especially about events – follow up with calls Proactively contact journalists if you think there is something you can add to their news agenda Update your website, if you have one Don’t be afraid to use your contacts SHOW EXAMPLES OF PRESS RELEASES – LOOK AT: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHY, HOW BREAK FOLLOWED BY P.R EXERCISE
Reactive media: When approached by the media directly – caution is the word. Before opening your heart to them – ask their motives. More then likely it will be innocent. But you never know If you know you’ve just sent a press release out, then it’s more likely to be a follow up call. If it’s a cold call – think twice
Context - you are within your right to ask for a context of their enquiry: What publication is it for (sometimes local hacks freelance for big players, sometimes they want to freelance for big players so they’ve done their research and now looking for a victim)? When is it for? Angle of the story?
Exercise judgement - You need to make a judgement as well; if they ask you difficult questions – then maybe you shouldn’t be too open Questions about BIG - refer them to back to Big Lottery Fund press office – 020 7211 1888
Lottery Funding is an extremely political issue. BIG press team has the capacity and experience to deal with difficult stories, so any difficult questions about our funded projects or us let us know At the same time, don’t forget nearly 90 per cent of all coverage we receive is positive
Richard to run through the grant management lifecycle. Michelle to run through evaluation. Both to cover support we can offer.
Establish contract and agree signatories, start date and seek verification of bank details. Agree budget for year one.
Monitoring calls – six monthly or quarterly – overview on progress on outcomes, activities and indicators, how the project is being promoted/marketed, budget update, staffing information, any changes to the organisation’s legal status, signatories or contacts – a chance for grant holders to raise concerns or ask questions/seek advice. End of year reports/end of grant reports – more formal approach to updating us on progress made and confirming expenditure to date. Also an opportunity to send us evidence of branding. The compliance review process involves establishing eligible expenditure, performance against outcomes and agreeing action in the event of variations. Monitoring requirements linked to payment release: Financial accounts and end of year reports.
Measuring targets: Considerations Aimed at specific groups. Example – Clients or volunteers Gained from most appropriate source – Client or qualified person. Sample range and proportional representation. Variations: Changes to targets may be revised with justification but the BIG Lottery Fund will always discuss alternative strategies first such as marketing, publicity or partnership links. Approval of moving underspends forward must be based on a good business case. Any changes should be discussed and agreed with Funding Officer. Significant changes should be presented in a Changes to your Grant form. Retrospective variations identified at the end of year reporting stage may not be approved and result in potential grant reduction.
Introduced in recognition of impact of recession on funding cuts and those successfully delivered projects that have a continued demand and need for services. Expectations – Expansion and longer term impact
Evaluation is the process of monitoring your work against the goals that you have set. Targets and partnerships should be reviewed on a regular basis It is important that you review your targets and partnerships as you go along, rather than at the end of a project, campaign or event to highlight any areas that may become problematic so that these can be addressed.
It is important to use a range of methods to capture the evidence to support the fact that your project is making a difference and having a real positive impact on the lives of those most in need. How you do this is up to you – you need to work out what best fits your project and your target audience – consider their needs when devising mechanisms to track their progress and ensure that you check the ‘distance travelled’ at regular intervals so that you can demonstrate an improvement and that your project is effectively meeting the needs of your beneficiaries. Give samples of monitoring forms to look at?
There are many different ways that you can collect information from people. Remember that some people may have difficulty with reading or writing, so for any method that you use, also have an alternative method for people to respond and feedback. Make sure you abide by data protection laws when collecting any information. Be realistic about what you can achieve.
A clear planned evaluation strategy will enable projects to ensure that they make a difference and can evidence the difference made.
Planning cycle of sustainability – Continuation funding – demonstrating that the project is making a difference is key to this – we have to be convinced that the project is successful and addressing an identified need. It should also evolve to meet changing needs of the beneficiary group.
In summary – your named Funding Officer is your first point of contact – their role is to guide and support you through the grant management lifecycle. Any queries use them as a resource for guidance. Happy to help.
Tell your story: PR on ashoestringEast of England CommunicationsTeam26/09/2012
Welcome and agendaSara BetsworthHead of Region #BIGlf
BIG Funding OfficersRichard Drape and Michelle DrummondA Summary of Support
Your regional comms teamOur remit:To support successfuldevelopment and deliveryof BIG’s fundinginitiatives locallyTo raise awareness andmaximise impact ourfunding locally
You said:Survey Monkey results:•100% of respondents use websites above allother methods to inform people about yourprojects•58% of you tweet•8% blog•41% use events•word of mouth is still a popular method
How we communicate in theregion: a snapshot•Being out and about – funding fairs, workshops and briefingevents•Engaging with local media•Publications and website – case studies, feature articles,and social media•Public affairs – keeping MPs, Local Authorities and regionalstakeholders in the loop•Engaging with regional stakeholders – project visits,launches and VCS groups.
The power of being socialListen, learn and shareTwitter: @BIGEofEFacebook: Big LotteryFund – East of EnglandBIG’s blog:http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/community-uk?fromsearch=-uk
Supporting you along the journeyIn print: Grant acknowledgementrequirementsOnline: BIG website - grant holdersection:http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/index/grant-ukOver the phone:01223 449027/449034In person:Invite us to your events, tweet us,tell us about your successes!
Online support from BIGhttp://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/index/grant-ukAdvice & support:•Publicity guidelines•How to order merchandise forevents etc (T shirts, Balloons,banners, bunting)•How to use the BIG logo (andadvice on styles)
BIG Branding: use of the logo•Tells the public wherelottery money is spent•Encourages others to apply•It’s a condition of yourgrant!
Where should I use the logo?Any form of promotional or publicity materials:•Press releases•Leaflets•Posters•Brochures/annual reports•Websites•Stationery/letterheads•Job averts/ on vehicles etc•Twitter/facebook
Logo – hard and fast rules!•Only recipients may use it•Do not alter in any way•Standard logo preferred•Size at least 12mm•Available in pink or blue•Available on website
Generating local publicity•All grants awarded aremade public (press release,BIG and DCMS website)•BIG sets embargo date•National and regionalmedia alerted•Then it’s up to you! Buttoday should help ...
Where to start:•Have a Comms plan: keymessages, audience,methods you will use•Know your local media andhow they reach audiences:print/broadcast/ TV/online?•Pressreleases/leaflets/blogs•Social Media
Tell your story: PR on a shoestringGenerating local publicity...Communications TeamEast of England26th September 2012
Generating local publicity•All grants awarded aremade public (press release,BIG and DCMS website)•BIG sets embargo date•National and regionalmedia alerted•Then it’s up to you! Buttoday should help ...
Background - generating local publicity•After the embargo date its up to projects to generate theirlocal publicity•BIG doesn’t have the resources to promote each project soamount of local media work is limited•Therefore, we need you to shout about your project andthe wider work you do – BIG encourages grant holders topromote themselves and their BIG funded project
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkBefore you start•Have a plan•Three key messages•Q&A’s•Research your environment
Generating local publicityproactive workKnow your local media•Newspapers, magazines, radio, television, internet,including student or community-based stations•Read the publication, watch or listen to programmes•Identify key contacts•Find out their deadlines for news stories (could bedifferent for different sections of the paper)•Use the internet to find out your local newspapers – eg:www.newspapersoc.org.uk
Generating local publicity - proactivework Journalists are looking for –•News - a fact or event that hasn’t been made public before•News comment or feature – putting events into context,letters•Features – in-depth coverage of events or trends•Diary pieces – entertainment, possibly a charity event
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkJournalists are interested in•Exclusivity•Clarity•Examples•Facts/ideas•Human interest angles•Contacts
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkAlways have readily available•Updated key facts and figures about your project•Case studies with contact details•Spokespeople available for interviews•Contact details for key members of your organisation
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkPress releases – a key media tool•Make sure you have something to say•Answer the question – “Will the readers you are trying toreach be interested in your information?”•If you cannot say “YES” – rethink
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkPlanning a press release•Identify your story•Find a hook – is there something topical you could linkyour PR to give it a stronger chance of making the news?•Have a clear message (when planning try to put it in 2short sentences)•Consider availability of case studies and images•Identify and brief your spokespeople•Obtain quotes from key spokespeople to include•Alert all relevant team members about your plans
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkWriting a press release•Grab attention with a headline and first paragraph – keep itsimple•Concentrate on what your news is and put it in the firstparagraph of the release, don’t bury it in the last paragraph!•Subsequent paragraphs should be in order of priority•Include what, when, where, why, who, how•Be concise
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkWriting a press release•Keep sentences short•Make it relevant and timely – use present/future tense•Keep adjectives to the minimum (you can use more inquotes)•Keep it to 2/3 pages maximum•Don’t use unproven facts (be ready to back your statistics)
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkWriting a press release•Use headed paper•Clearly mark ‘News Release’ at the top of the page•Add date and embargo date, or ‘For immediate release’•Include your name, telephone (including an out-of-hoursnumber), email address at the bottom of release•Include Notes To Editors at the end - gives background infoon the organisation and any useful additional info•Don’t forget to credit Big Lottery Fund if appropriate
Generating local publicity - proactiveworkSending out your release•Check how journalist would like to receive it – fax, post,email•Follow up your release with a phone call•If you are holding an event, ask if they will send aphotographer (remember to provide them with photoopportunities if you want a photographer to attend)•Make sure someone is available to answer questions on theday. This should ideally be your media spokesperson
Generating local publicity - Reactivework•When approached by the media consider the possiblereasons for the enquiry•Is it a cold call or is it a follow up to your publicity work?
Generating local publicity - ReactiveworkWhen approached find out:•Context of the enquiry•Nature of the enquiry – is the journalist contacting anyoneelse for comment? If so, what are they saying?•Name of the publication•Name and contact details for the journalist•Deadline for information
Generating local publicity - ReactiveworkAction planExercise judgement – don’t open up too muchAlert all relevant members of your organisationAgree and disseminate lines to take to all yourspokespeopleOffer to supply statement in writing – it’s harder to takewords out of contextExercise you right of reply, if the informationprinted/broadcast by the journalist is factually incorrect
Generating local publicityreactive work•If an enquiry relates more to Big Lottery Fund than yourgrant•Make sure that you pass the details to the Big Lottery FundOfficer asap!!•020 7211 1888 or out of hours 07867 500 572
Generating local publicity Press release exercise
Grant ManagementSupportReaching Communities25 September 2012Richard Drape & Michelle DrummondFunding Officers
Grant Management SupportPurpose of presentation• To take you through the grant management lifecycle• Identify key monitoring requirements of our terms and conditions of grant• Provide support on how to measure and evaluate the impact of your project to enable longer-term sustainability
Grant Management LifecycleGrant set-up stageTelephone introduction•Grant offer letter• Setting up your grant form• Bank or Building society account details form• Starting your grant form• Bank details verification• Agree a formal start date• Arrange Induction call
Grant Management LifecycleInduction CallDuration – 15 to 60 minutes• Additional funding• Awards pack – Terms and conditions, additional, grant offer pack CDand URN.• Review targets – activities, indicators and outcomes• Monitoring – Risk level, grant management process – telephonemonitoring, end of year/grant reports and accounts, recruitmentrequirements.• Payments – Lead in, start date, payment schedule, revenue/capital• Publicity – Embargo, logo and materials
Activities/indicators/outcomesTargets based on need and demand from initialconsultation at application stage.• Current success rate – 96%Measuring targets:•Simple but effectively linked to targets•See exampleVariations:•Reporting changes and approval
Continuation fundingIntroduced last year and has a success rateapproximately 10%•Timelines – Application process takes 11 months.Mandatory evaluation report:•Evidence how the existing project is making a difference•Demonstrate that there is still a need for it to provideevidence of changing needs•Show what worked well and what could be done betterwith further funding
Benefits of Evaluation•Evaluation can:-help you to make strong relationships with your beneficiaries-ensure you know where improvements to your service or activitiescan be made- provide evidence about the effectiveness of your work for currentfunders and future funding applications- provide you with information that my help you to promote yourservice- let you know if you have reached your goals- help you to develop new partnerships
How will you MEASURE andEVALUATE your activities?Decide on the data you will collect and how you willcollect itExample• The number of people taking part using sign-up sheets• The feedback from beneficiaries on their experience of thesession, after they have participated• Feedback from people who didn’t take part to find out why• Feedback from partners/external agencies on how the activitywas delivered, what worked well and any issues that arose.
Monitoring Methods Advantages DisadvantagesInformal chats Allows people to Can be difficult to open up capture informationQuestionnaires Easy way to collect Response rate may be lots of data poorComments cards Quick and easy to May only get a low organise level of responseInterviews Can reveal honest Very time consuming feedback to organiseDiscussion groups Good for insight, One person may especially at the dominate/lead the beginning of a discussion project
Evaluation ChecklistChecklistWhat is your goal? OutcomesHow will you measure your success? Monitoring methodsWhat were the outcomes? ResultsWere the aims and objectives Analysisachieved?Were there any unexpected Evolution of project to meetoutcomes? changing needs