Think Funding is delighted to announce that it will be providing business development and fundraising support to the Manchester based, Drug Watch Foundation (DWF). DWF is dedicated to educating UK children and young adults on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Think Funding will help DWF develop a theory of change prospectus and a long term business plan as well as offering ad-hoc bid writing and fundraising advice.
Think Funding is delighted to announce it has been commissioned by Home-Start Horizons (HSH) to undertake an evaluation of its current Reaching Communities project. Running from 2013-2017, the programme has offered support to more than 400 families during that time. The evaluation exercise will involve consultation with families, volunteers and referral agencies, as HSH seek to understand more fully the impact of what has been a highly successful project. The evaluation exercise will be completed by the end of February, in time to help HSH use the learning to develop new approaches to supporting families in need, and to bid for repeat funding from the Big Lottery Fund and others.
Think Funding has been engaged by the Proporta Foundation to assist its fundraising drive aimed at supporting disadvantaged young people in Sri Lanka. Think Funding will provide best practice advice about applying to Trusts and Foundations along with assistance to re-energise Proporta’s digital fundraising capabilities.
Think Funding has been selected by Voluntary Action Leicestershire to help project plan it’s second stage Building Better Opportunities, ESIF project, called Rural Inclusion Skills and Enterprise (RISE). Think Funding will assist with stakeholder development and project planning aimed at creating a robust project plan for this three year initiative which will address employability and enterprise needs in rural Leicestershire.
Think Funding client Homestart UK has been successful with its application to the Department for Education Safeguarding Voluntary Sector 2016-18 grant fund. Think Funding helped to shape the bid and partnership and led drafting work. The outcome will see Homestart UK secure a sizeable six figure grant. For more information about all grants awarded by the DfE visit here.
Think Funding client, the Highfields Centre (HC), has secured funding from the Power to Change programme. HC have secured £300,000 towards the refurbishment of an under used community hall which they intend to develop as a music, theatre and conference venue. For what is an exceptionally competitive grant regime, Think Funding provided community consultation support, business development and bid writing services. The project will help HC develop sustainable revenue streams and widen the range of activities available to the local community.
Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) has secured a £1.94m Building Better Opportunities ESIF contract with help from Think Funding. Providing bid writing and programme design expertise, Think Funding worked with VAL to develop a compelling narrative and business plan for an 15-24 NEET project for Leicester and Leicestershire. The initiative will broaden the range of support available to young people in the city and the county, particularity those who are hidden NEET. Eight partners will jointly deliver a programme designed to support 400 young people. Post-Brexit, the project could well be one of the last ESIF projects funded in Leicestershire, an outcome which makes this award somewhat bitter sweet.
For more information about the project visit: http://www.valonline.org.uk/project-change-lives-young-people
Think Funding is delighted to have been able to provide pro-bono fundraising support to Leicester’s RSPCA Woodside Animal Centre. Think Funding undertook a review of Trusts and Foundations that could be approached to support the Centre’s capital campaign to raise funds for an onsite veterinary clinic for animals.
Think Funding is pleased to have helped national horticultural charity, Perennial, secure income from a range of funders including the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of smaller trusts. All grants will be utilised by Perennial at the prestigious York Gate garden and house in Leeds to develop a volunteering initiative and to help refurbish the site.
Think Funding is delighted to announce that it has been procured by Voluntary Action Leicestershire to lead the development of the project action plan for the Leicestershire Under 25 ESIF BBO programme. VAL won the Stage One round with support from an experienced partnership including The Prince’s Trust, Twenty Twenty, Leicestershire Cares and The Bridge. Think Funding will assist the partnership as it aims to make its plan submission in early March.