You may have noticed that since the 1st April we have made some changes to our sustainability support service as a result of new arrangements in our own funding.
We find that what many people want from us is quick alerts as to possible funding streams that they can apply for. Over the past year we have built up our funding blog and this is now a popular source of up to date funding information. We recommend that you use this as your first port of call if you are looking for funding help. You can also subscribe to the funding blog to receive regular updates by email.
We also find that groups like to have face to face sessions with us to help them think through issues around governance, business planning and funding. We are now holding monthly funding advice surgeries, offering individual 45 minute appointments to discuss your project or funding issue with funding advisers. You can book onto these via our funding blog, using the online forms within.
More intensive one to one advice work with groups is, in turn, more resource intensive for us and there is a significant cost to us to provide this. In some instances we have been able to secure funds to cover this cost; for example, if you are an organisation or a community group that works with the over 50s then until March 2013 we have additional designated funds to support you. Otherwise we are happy for you to commission us to do more intensive work, but we will need to charge for it.
We would like to be able to continue to support as many groups as possible to the best of our abilities, as resources allow and we welcome any feedback from organisations as to how you feel we can achieve this with you.