Blog: Grant Workshop Success

Posted on January 20, 2017 by

At the end of November Llais y Goedwig ran a free grant funding workshop for members at the Forestry Hub in Machynlleth.  The Hub is home to a number of organisations supporting ‘Woodlands for People’ in Wales, and throughout 2017 there will be more events for members and public sector examining topical issues and training.  Jane Gronnow, Llais y Goedwig  Treasurer and experienced bid writer reflects on the day and some of the outcomes:

Many community woodland groups have successfully written project proposals to secure grant funding while others have struggled.  The aim of this one day seminar was to improve the capacity of CWGs to prepare good quality project proposals.

The event was well attended with representatives from CWGs across Wales, all with different funding experience and needs.  In the morning I led a session on the basics of proposal writing and looked at the top tips for success, including a one page project design framework.  The Framework emphasises the need for grant proposals to always relate the activities or idea a group wants money for, back to the outcome(s) that the funder requires.  There are very few grant applications now that do not require groups to meet specific targets, unfortunately the days of simply having a pot of money and doing good things with it are sadly over!

We also examined the nature of applications and what information they require.   Many applications are refused because groups cannot evidence the correct policies, or have not provided enough information.  We explored how diligence and rigour in completing an application may be time consuming but in the long term will pay dividends with a successful bid.

After this run through, Head of Forest policy for Welsh Government, Bill MacDonald outlined the current Rural Development Plan funding programmes and took questions in a lively session before lunch. Details of all the funding that is currently available in on the Welsh Government website here.

In the afternoon everyone shared their experience of a variety of grant applications and then there was a surgery session where members could received advice or ideas on current and past funding applications.  It provided an excellent opportunity for group representatives to meet each other and share ideas, and formulate strategies going forward.

The response from attendees was very positive and we will be exploring further issues that groups are experiencing at events throughout 2017, so keep watching this space.  If you have a theme or ideas about a workshop or event please get in touch with the network coordinator.

With thanks to Woodland Trust / Coed Cadw

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