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Making your funding bid count

Date: 16/02/2010           Category: Finance

IF there’s funding money up for grabs then Medway Council will do all it can to help local organisations make sure as much of it as possible comes to Medway. The council’s funding unit together with the Big Lottery Fund organised a workshop for more than 65 delegates to advise them on what makes a good and successful funding bid. Delegates who attended the free workshop at the council offices in Gun Wharf came from voluntary and community groups as well as charities, schools and some of the council’s own departments. The theme of the workshop was ‘improving your chances of success’ with the Reaching Communities programme in mind. Oliver Sian Davis from the BIG Lottery explained what is required when making a bid – making sure it identifies the need for funding and what the benefits and outcomes of the project would be. Reaching Communities programme funds projects that help people and communities which are most in need and that can really make a difference, including people or groups who are harder to reach. Projects can be new or existing or even the core work of an organisation. Reaching Communities programme accepts application bids which range from £10,000 up to £500,000. Reaching Communities programme is looking for bids that will: - -help people have better chances in life including better access to training and development to improve their life skills -develop strong communities with more active citizens working together to tackle problems -improve rural and urban environments for people to better access and enjoy -create and support healthier and more active people and communities. Information at the workshop prepared delegates to submit applications not only to the Big Lottery Fund but also to a range of other funders. Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Alan Jarrett said he was keen to ensure everyone maximises funding opportunities. “The council will do all it can to identify such opportunities as they arise,” said Cllr Jarrett, “and make sure that all bids have the best possible chance of being successful. "I would encourage all local groups to make contact with the bidding unit and tap into their knowledge and expertise.” The council’s bidding unit offers free advice about funding opportunities and applications. Further information is available by clicking on to www.medway.gov.uk/funding or by calling 332114. Information on the Reaching Communities programme is available by clicking onto http://www2.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_reaching_communities?regioncode=-uk