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Getting Funding - March 2011


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Getting Funding - March 2011

  1. 1. Fundraising: Ideas for Finding Resources for Group Activities Group Leaders Meeting 2 April 2011 Sara Trewhitt
  2. 2. The Funding Context <ul><li>Current economic situation </li></ul><ul><li>Government funding cuts </li></ul><ul><li>Local Authorities/ County Councils are shrinking </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger competition for funding </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on service delivery </li></ul>Image: graur razvan ionut /
  3. 3. What Do You Need Resources For? What Activities Do You Want to Be Able to Support <ul><li>Food Festivals </li></ul><ul><li>School outreach activities </li></ul><ul><li>School gardens/Allotment resources </li></ul><ul><li>Slow Food Wisdom outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Material support </li></ul><ul><li>Taste Adventures </li></ul>Consider what you need as this will then guide who you approach
  4. 4. Principle Sources of Local Funding <ul><li>Local Authority grants </li></ul><ul><li>Community Foundations </li></ul><ul><li>Awards for All </li></ul><ul><li>Trusts/Private Foundations </li></ul>
  5. 5. Local Authority Grants <ul><li>Listed on Centre for Voluntary Services/Fund Finder/Direct Gov </li></ul><ul><li>Review Local County Council website </li></ul><ul><li>Call Funding Officer at local authority </li></ul><ul><li>Statutory funders give to further their objectives or meet statutory responsibilities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Community Foundation Grants <ul><li>£70m in grants across UK annually </li></ul><ul><li>All applications made to a local community foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and culture, education, environment, health, community development, youth </li></ul><ul><li>Unique criteria, time-scales and application process </li></ul><ul><li>Can be identified via: </li></ul>
  7. 7. Awards for All <ul><li>A Lottery grants scheme funding small, local community-based projects in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Each nation runs its own project, criteria varies </li></ul><ul><li>Grants range from 300 – 10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Simple application process </li></ul><ul><li>Does require bank account </li></ul><ul><li>Quick response time 6-10 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Community Choirs, Village Halls, Outdoor Sensory Parks </li></ul>
  8. 8. Private Trusts and Charities <ul><li>Finding local trusts can be difficult (often lack websites) </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the library and review publications from Directory of Social Change </li></ul><ul><li>Local individuals/trusts, emphasis is on community activities </li></ul><ul><li>Easy application process </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Small amounts, usually 250-3000 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Developing a Proposal <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the context ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why should this be done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens after the project ends? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For every project, be able to describe: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aim: purpose in 1-3 lines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes: What is the result </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities/Outputs: Task to get to outcomes </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Developing A Proposal <ul><li>Review grant criteria closely </li></ul><ul><li>Note closing dates </li></ul><ul><li>Describe project in a way that meets funders’ priorities </li></ul><ul><li>If you need standard text about SFUK, TTA, the Ark, SFOC – we have it. We are happy to share – contact me. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Addressing Sustainability <ul><li>What happens funding ends? </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the economic, social (capacity development) and environmental aspects of sustainability? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Making a Budget <ul><li>Be able to show any matching funds </li></ul><ul><li>Everything must be explained </li></ul><ul><li>Reveal in-kind contributions (volunteers etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate value for money </li></ul><ul><li>Double-check, is it realistic/appropriate </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Thank you – </li></ul><ul><li>Any Questions? </li></ul>