“Initially, one thing we didn’t put much time into, and have knowledge of, was looking out for eligible funds that we could apply for. This is something that A5cend really helped us with. They’ve continuously kept us in the loop so we always hear about all the relevant funds.”
“A5cend have built our capacity, given us knowledge and helped us navigate funding processes and relationships, all in a way which allows us to do what we need to do as an organisation, whilst also meeting external demands.”
The long-term impact
By securing key pots of funding for Build Up over recent years and working closely with them to shape the organisation, A5cend have helped the charity grow, become visible and nationally known. The grants created a so-called ‘domino effect’, attracting further investment from foundations like UnLtd, who awarded the team with a £15k development grant at a crucial point in the organisation’s growth, as well as commissions from local authorities and larger charities.
Build Up’s partnership with A5cend has also seen them establish bid writing skills, enabling them to produce and submit their own funding applications independently. Furthermore, the staff have become comfortable with formally managing budgets and finance, a crucial tool for their professional management both now and going forward.
“We have sought the advice of A5cend on an ongoing basis. We trust them and respect their knowledge, intuition and understanding of the sector. As a small charity, we found they get what we are up against, and can support in a way that really helps us move our work with young people forward.”