On Wednesday we were very pleased to host Fiona Brewer from the Heathrow Community Fund who are an independent charity and local funder. This was a great opportunity for our groups to hear the other side of application writing: what funders look for in applications, common mistakes and what CFH expect from the organisations when an award is made.
The funding they distribute comes from Heathrow Airport Limited, noise fines levied on airlines when they break the noise regulations, other funders and funding from Heathrow staff via their fundraising activities. Their grant programme supports projects for communities near the airport, so for us that means Runnymede and Spelthorne. They also support airport staff volunteering and fundraising to improve their community or cause.
Fiona talked to us about the grants process from application to awards and the 3 different funding streams open to an application: Communities for Youth, Communities for Tomorrow, Communities Together.
She then strongly emphasised the responsibilities of groups awarded funding to follow their agreed project plan and report the project adequately. As an aspect of fundraising that is often overlooked in the excitement of getting funds and running a project it was important to hear what funders think.
They are a local grant maker with over £800,000 to fund a range of projects in 2018. Their application forms are straightforward, online and help to complete them is available.
It begs the question – what are you waiting for? Read the about the funds, their criteria and the closing dates here.
As always we are available to help you with training, proofreading and due to high demand for places, Fiona will be back again in late summer so watch out for dates.