Last year, the Brecknock Wildlife Trust received £313,757 through our People and Places programme to run a project that will support people in the Cwm Tawe Uchaf, Upper Swansea Valley area by increasing their employability and wellbeing by offering activities focusing on improving the environment for people and wildlife.
As well as utilising the tips found in our consultation blog, the grant applicants made use of support from the Big Lottery Fund to submit one of the strongest applications received in years. Wildlife Trust Wales Campaign Manager, Sarah Philpott, tells us more.
“We went to a Funding Advice Workshop run by the Big Lottery Fund. It was very, very helpful, it was an opportunity to meet with the team, and to talk about the process of filling out the application form.
“I would also say visit the website, onto the People and Places section. It has all the help and advice that you need to apply for the programme.”
People and Places Funding Officer, Helen Richards, who assessed the project gives us her opinion on the strengths of the application.
“This application demonstrated that the project had been well planned with the need for the project being established through in-depth consultation. Consultation included four local schools, Powys County Council, Communities First, Volunteer Centre, Job Centre, Probation Trust, Mind and the local health board and was through face to face meetings, telephone, email and via surveys. The project drew on local unemployment and health and wellbeing statistics, set against national averages. In addition, the project highlighted complementary or existing services and showed how this project would add value rather than duplicate services that were already there.
The project plan stood out as it was clearly laid out, easy to read, linked back to the identified need, detailed a wide range of activities, a well-structured project timetable, identified key risks such accessibility, costs and marketing and put in place actions to overcome them. Project partnerships, and how they would receive referrals as well as manage relationships was also detailed.
The organisation showed how they would work collaboratively with a wide reach of organisations in the area and included letters of support for the project. The project will also meet the needs of people with disabilities and individuals whose first language is not English. As a result of all this and more, the organisation had submitted an application that was rated Excellent across all of our criteria.”