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!
Jeanette Hill, Local Resident, Writer of Vicious
WHY DID YOU APPLY TO 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.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE PROCESS?
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.
HOW DID IT FEEL TO GET FUNDING?
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.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THINKING OF APPLYING?
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.