“We were aware that A5cend had had fundraising success with other organisations, so we wanted to maximise our chances of securing that funding by using A5cend’s skills. A5cend is very knowledgeable in terms of funding sources, especially for adventure playgrounds. The play agenda has taken a massive hit over recent years and there are not many funders who will support play, so it is really helpful to have A5cend on board to help us identify suitable funding.”
“Off the back of the application process, we learnt a lot as an organisation. Our confidence improved, and we felt more able to apply for more complex funding, which we had perhaps avoided in the past. We also had a ready-made model for future funding applications.”
The grant application was successful, enabling EAP to deliver regular adventurous play sessions, annual community play days, play training to parents and carers, and bi-monthly play forums for stakeholders and community members to shape and develop local play provision in Bradford’s most deprived areas. This was a big grant for EAP at the time, and it boosted their credibility with funders, helping them to drawn down further funding. Securing the grant also helped to raise EAP’s aspirations about what they could apply for in the future.
“The evaluation framework that A5cend has developed is based around an I.T. model, so has moved us away from just using paper forms etc. We are able to upload data from users, which can then be easily analysed for our monitoring and reporting purposes. There are efficiencies that come with that – it reduces the time we need to spend on monitoring and reporting, so has helped to increase our capacity.”
Once the funding was secured, A5cend helped to develop an evaluation framework for the 3-year project. This included putting in place effective evaluation systems, analysing the data at the end of each year and producing annual evaluation reports. While the evaluation framework was initially set up to support this specific project, EAP has been able to apply the model to other projects and services, helping to improve data collection, monitoring and evaluation across the whole organisation.
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