Help with applying for a large National Lottery grant has secured a large grant to help people with sight and hearing loss.

Funding grants
Understanding inclusivity and knowledge about applying for large National Lottery grants meant that our development officer could help secure funding for a vital community support project.
What was the challenge?

Coastline Sight and Hearing Support has previously worked with the Community Support North Yorkshire team on applications for small grants. They decided to apply for a larger grant from the Reaching Communities fund and, knowing that they could always turn to Community First Yorkshire for help, they got in touch. Applying for a bigger grant for their ‘From our Garden to our Table’ project was quite a big jump for the organisation. They needed help with understanding what the funders were looking for in aspects such as wording.

How did Community First Yorkshire help?

The development officer from the Community Support North Yorkshire team already knew the organisation and understood inclusivity, in particular sight and hearing loss, and that knowledge made the charity feel very comfortable.

The development officer wanted to understand what the charity were trying to achieve with the funding and spent time really exploring their answers. She understood that it was important to include the whole community, not just those with sight and hearing loss, to raise awareness and improve inclusion. The development officer checked the funding application, as requested by the National Lottery due to the scale of the grant. The charity felt that the development officer put them in the mindset of learning, and they were inspired by the funding options open to them.

The grant was successful, and the charity secured £150k for three years. This has helped them to employ two more people to join the team to deliver the project.

What does the future look like?

The charity is hoping that the project will be self-sustaining, and the communities grow in their own way. They also hope to retain the new employees with other work. One of their aims is to help individuals from any community to learn the skills to run and continue independently. They are also aiming to increase their membership from 350 to 500.

“Fantastico! Nicky has been brilliant – with her patience and ability to extract the right information. We have all learnt so much from her explanation. I can’t thank her enough and the whole team.”
About the organisation

Coastline Sight and Hearing is a charity supporting people living with sight and hearing loss.

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