Resources August 2011
Latest best practice & resources news
- Give as you Live is a new way to raise money for your charity
- The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need –individuals in need must react to fundamental changes in funding environment
- New Articles and Blog Posts from the Media Trust
- Safer Bromley News – first issue published
- Life coach website
- Dementia Commissioning Pack
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The economic recession and the UK’s slow recovery since have changed the way individuals must approach trusts for grants to relieve personal hardship, according to Catriona Chronnell author of the new edition of The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need.
Catriona says, “Trusts have been hit in three key ways and as a result many have had to make changes to their grant-making strategy. They are experiencing their own financial difficulties, often as a result of reductions in their investment income; statutory funding has been cut, hitting many local services; and there are more individuals experiencing financial hardship.”
Although difficult to quantify, it was apparent from our research that there was a fall in the level of grant making from trusts. We have also seen lower average grant levels, a tightening of eligibility criteria, and prioritisation of the type of grant given.”
Individuals need to change the way they apply – Catriona offers four key principles to meet this changed environment:
- Ensure you check the latest trust criteria before applying, as many have changed
- Be open & honest when applying - complete application forms fully being as clear and open as possible (similarly with application letters)
- Don’t just apply to large well known trusts – more applications are being made, and these trusts already get the most, so look for others you may be eligible for
- Apply to all appropriate trusts – falling average grants may mean asking for smaller amounts from more trusts.
Despite these changes, Catriona was at pains to stress that there remains a significant amount of money out there - £264 million from the 2,060 trusts detailed in the new book.
The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2011/12 offers full advice on how to approach trusts, with information on eligibility, types of grants, exclusions, annual, grant totals and application process.
- Demonstrating your impact with digital storytelling
How can you show the world why what your organisation does matters, in under five minutes? Lasa’s Miles Maier shares his top tips.
- How can you get to the top of Google?
Reason Digital’s Matt Haworth gives five top tips to improve your organisation’s SEO.
- Three things we do to mess up communications success
Kevin Baughen, founder of Bottom Line Ideas, shares three barriers to success – and how you can avoid them.
Safer Bromley News is a new electronic newsletter introduced by the Portfolio Holder for Public Protection and Safety/Chairman of the Safer Bromley Partnership, Cllr Tim Stevens, to explain and highlight the work of the Safer Bromley Partnership to keep Bromley one of the safest boroughs in which to live, work and relax.
The first issue contains information about the Partnership and its priorities for the coming year, along with news and a brief profile of the work of Bromley Trading Standards. If you have any feedback on the e-publication, Susie Clark, at Corporate Communications would be happy to hear from you. Telephone 020 8461 7911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge life coach support -network, enabling individuals to find a life coach close to them and appropriate for their needs. This free, confidential service will help those seeking a new direction in their life to find the encouragement they need. Every life coach on the site who has a full profile either has sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism.
You can get a flavour of the useful resources on the site from the following from the ‘Most Viewed Articles’ list.
Career Change Ideas - 7 Ways To Find Out What You Really Want To Do | 10 Top Tips for Self Confidence and Self Esteem | Toxic Friends, You CAN'T Live With Them, But You CAN Live Without Them! | How to Rebuild your Confidence and Self Belief | How To Write An Interview Winning CV
The Department of Health has produced a Commissioning Pack for dementia. This includes a handbook, toolkits and a commissioning framework.
You can download the pack from the Department of Health website