A Grand Day Out Funding SessionHelping a local group apply for funding to keep themselves sustainable.
Benefit of funding local projects
Identifying funding empowers communities to deliver the solutions they have designed. Research has shown that staff who can offer mediation, guidance and support in the funding application and project process are as important to community groups as receiving the funding itself. Staff who have a good knowledge of the area and who needs support, enable funding to be accessed by more marginalised people and groups. Funding sometimes needs to come from multiple sources and Neighbourhood Health Workers save time being able to quickly identify multiple potential sources.
Harpurhey North City Library
Manchester Library service
A Grand Day Out
The aim of the project was to deliver a session that would help the group take ownership of their proposal and give them the tools to come up with ideas themselves.
The group is A Grand Day Out they are an over 60’s group that have been meeting for over 8 years.
I spent time helping to develop a proposal for the wellbeing fund with Tracey head of the library service in north, the manager of the Miles Platting library Nile and the group themselves. With the group I did a planning session to see what they would like to spend the money on and what would be best for their wellbeing and to meet the wellbeing fund criteria.
" Having run the Grand Day out over 60s group for over 8 years, my colleague and I were constantly trying to secure funding to use for activities for our group. We pride ourselves on running the group as a great social activity led group, with lots of different things to do and fantastic days out in and around the North West. This is our vision to be able to offer stimulating activities and great friendships. This was made more achievable after meeting Lauren. She came to visit the group and encourage us to apply for a grant. Lauren also gave the group some great advice and information on various activities and other groups she was involved with. Without Lauren's help we would never have been able to apply for the funding or offer the group so much to look forward to in terms of days out and activities. We are forever in her debt and aware she has contributed to the wellbeing of our group."
The group pulled together some brilliant ideas and they were accepted for the wellbeing fund. They are now using the money toward day trips out across the north west. Some of these trips they are deciding their selves, planning the routes and taking public transport together.
This has helped to make the group more sustainable and they are now looking into other funding streams they can apply for. I was also planning to work with them on a Christmas event. However due to the pandemic this has had to be put on hold.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Communities engaged in the design and delivery of local services
Ambition for Ageing (2020) - Changing a place: Microfunding, co-production and community development
Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis - Sourcing Financial Resources for Community Development Initiatives
National Lottery Community Fund (2019) - Understanding Thriving Communities
Young Foundation (2013) - Improving small scale grant funding for local voluntary and community organisations
Lauren Evans - Neighbourhood Health Worker
T: 0161 271 0565
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