“It takes time to develop trusts and foundations fundraising. We had to do a lot of work to get our organisation into shape before we could begin fundraising. We needed to make sure our structures, policies and processes were fit for purpose before we even met the criteria for many funders.”
“A5cend supported us a lot with becoming a charity. They really helped us get the wording of our Articles of Association and Charitable Objects right so that they weren’t too specific and guided us through the whole process of registering with the Charity Commission.”
The ongoing partnership and financial outcomes
When the Arts Council’s Catalyst Grant ended, Small Green Shoots decided to continue working with A5cend, paying for the additional contracts out of its own funds. It took a while for the development work to filter through, but they have now started to see financial returns on this investment. It laid the foundations for them to be able to successfully apply for much larger and longer-term grants, most notably two substantial multi-year grants from Children in Need and Comic Relief.
“Had we not become a charity and done all the development work, I don’t think we would have been eligible to apply for Children in Need or Comic Relief. Other funders, such as Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, have also increased their funding to Small Green Shoots, which has helped us to grow.”