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How to attract match & additional funding to your project

It is difficult to accurately measure the exact amount of additional, match or in-kind funding brought in to local communities through the work of Fair Share Trust (FST), particularly where in-kind support (time / advice) is given. Over the past nine years, however, over £20M has been recognised as being spent alongside the original £50M FST commitment.

While we can’t claim that this money would not otherwise have been spent in FST neighbourhoods, one of the real successes of the programme has been in the ability of Local Agents, panels, and communities to make the most of and build on existing local relationships, to build confidence and capacity of local groups in applying for other sources of funding, and to develop new relationships to leverage in funding to maximise the impact of Fair Share Trust grants.

The case studies below highlight some of the examples of FST money working alongside or leveraging in other funds, and may help other funders and projects to consider alternative approaches for the future.


Working with existing donors

The Scottish Community Foundation (SCF) has been successful in attracting additional funding from private donors to sustain and develop a number of projects. For example, Ayrshire River Trust’s ‘Salmon in the Classroom’ project received £15,477.60 from Fair Share Trust in Maybole. The project was designed to improve children’s understanding of environmental protection. Five primary schools were given aquariums containing salmon eggs which they cared for until the eggs hatched, at which point whey were released into the River Girvan. On trips to the river to see the salmon, the children learnt about other species and wildlife - learning which was reinforced in the classroom.

The success of the project has attracted interest from more local schools for the second year of the project and the Trust is hoping to use this success to attract more funding to the area. SCF has since been able to award a further grant to expand the work to other schools, thanks to a private donor who approached them seeking to fund activities in primary schools. In this case, the original project has been developed and rolled out thanks to funding secured by the Scottish Community Foundation’s links with private donors.


Safer stronger communities

West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Service’s Fair Share Trust panel in Skelmersdale awarded a grant to a group to develop an allotment scheme at a local community centre. The allotment has been used by the local primary school and a number of groups that use the centre. Right from the first year, a variety of plants and vegetables have been grown and harvested and groups enjoying the centre have made good use of the produce. The success of the scheme is in part due to £3,880 match funding from the local PCT, which has gone towards the funding of a part-time worker to oversee the planting & care of facility. Many more groups are also involved with the project, such as the school on whose land the project is based, groups that use the centre, and local residents


Section 106 funds

Section 106 refers to an agreement made under a section of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 to secure a planning obligation. The agreements are designed to ensure that new developments enhance rather than harm local communities, through funding improvements and facilities, meaning developers have to make financial contributions to the communities in which they build. Following the redevelopment of the Old Trafford football stadium, the Lostock area of Greater Manchester secured £50,000 of Section 106 funding, via Trafford Council, to be used alongside £50,000 of FST funding towards the installation of a skate bowl to increase young people’s use of local facilities.


Sharing your knowledge can attract funding

One of the Isle of Anglesey’s key priorities has been to provide equal opportunity access to open play for children and young people. £144,947 of FST funding has been used to employ a Play Development Officer (PDO), managed by the Council for Voluntary Service, to work on a plan for play development on the island. The Police had previously contacted and subsequently worked with the PDO, and asked if they could share the information she had compiled around the issue. This comprehensive and continually-updated information was not available anywhere else and was extremely useful to the Police, who used it to target a pilot project in one play area working with juvenile offenders and the local community.


It then transpired that the Police had funds of £20,000 available for essential minor maintenance works in play areas across the island, but did not have the confidence or expertise to target and distribute this money effectively. The Fair Share Trust PDO’s knowledge and experience, combined with the Council for Voluntary Service’s expertise in grant-making, gave the Police the confidence to grant the £20,000 to be used to carry out necessary improvement works to the play areas.


Increased confidence and skills can attract funding

In the Blaenau Gwent area of Wales, the CATS project (Community Apprentices, Training & Skills) has been funded under the priority of ‘Increasing capacity and development through skills and training’. The CATS have been really successful in researching local needs, setting up and supporting new groups, and raising additional funding for the area. One of the positive impacts of this FST funding is the group’s increased confidence and skills in applying for grants, which has enabled the CATS to raise over £78,000 from other sources for Blaenau Gwent communities.

A smaller, but no less important sum of money was also awarded from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s ‘Be Informed’ grant to one of the Fair Share Trust funded projects. £332 paid for the Project Director, Finance Officer, Chairperson and Treasurer of this project to visit another organisation that has successfully moved towards financial sustainability. This visit will enable the project to draw on existing experience and develop confidence in terms of moving itself towards a sustainable financial model.


Income from social enterprise

Under their priority ‘To aid the development of social enterprise opportunities that will produce a lasting legacy within the Fair Share Trust area’, Nottinghamshire Community Foundation funded the development of a motor project. This project centres on a social enterprise providing vehicle servicing, maintenance and valet services, using employed and volunteer staff. The project has to date raised over £4,000 through in-kind donations of volunteer time and income from the servicing, maintenance and valeting contracts, and continues to attract more contracts as its reputation grows.


Potential sources of funding

Potential sources:

  • Youth services
  • District Council
  • Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
  • Other funders (i.e. trusts & grant-making bodies)
  • Parish Council
  • Safer Stronger Communities Fund
  • Awards for All
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Income from funded social enterprise
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF)
  • Local Network Fund (LNF)
  • Youth Opportunities Funding (YOF)
  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust
  • Primary Care Trust
  • Community Chests
  • School’s reserves
  • Private donors
  • Section 106 monies
  • Lloyds TSB
  • Police, fire & rescue
  • YMCA


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