We know the first step can sometimes be the most difficult one, so to help you get a sense of what applying to the Gorbals Ideas Fund is like we've spoken to a few grantees. Here you can read a bit about their experiences and the advice they would give to others thinking of applying!
As a new project we wanted to get some funding to support our development and deliver different activities to members. We applied for materials, computing equipment and tools. We also recently secured funding to run a health programme that will provide mindfulness sessions and healthy eating sessions to our members.
The application was really easy to fill out, it's so straight forward. The Community Voting events were really well run, the Panel and volunteers keep things running really smoothly!
It felt great! It was a fantastic feeling to know that we are part of a fantastic community base that exists in the Gorbals. We were really surprised by the number of people that voted for us, especially because we've only been running for a year.
My advice would be to chat to the Gorbals Ideas Fund first. Jo Speirs has lots of knowledge and she can give you great advice on how to go about applying. The experience was a bit scary for us at first, as it was the first time many of us had ever done anyting like this, but we were soon put at ease by everyone involved in the Gorbals Ideas Fund.
Someone from the Oatlands Trust suggested I apply. I wanted to access some funds to host a play in a local centre and theatre - Deaf Connections. The themes of the play, benefit cuts and changes to pensions for women, really affect our community so they thought I might be eligible for funding.
It was very easy to apply. The staff were helpful. I hadn't applied for this type of funding before and attending the Community Voting Event meant I got to meet other 'ideas'. I enjoyed the networking although votes were harder to get as people from the Oatlands neighbourhood didn't attend in high numbers.
It was a great feeling and the only funding we got. We managed to put on a professional show in our local area which got an excellent review in The Skinny magazine and attracted the attention of local politicians to community issues such as mental health and poverty. More than 380 people attended over our 4 night run, that's quite an impact and feedback was great. People felt it enhanced their feeling of community as well as being an entertaining night out.
Most definitely apply and ask for help if you need it as they are a very helpful bunch. Share your idea as much as you can and get as many people as you can along to the Community Voting Event.