The Trust was launched in February and at the time of writing we have received 20 applications for funds. The purpose of this blog is to give some general feedback to the people who have applied to us, although they have all been written to individually.
Most of the applications were unsolicited and made no doubt as a result of the GrumbleSmiles Trust Charity being registered on the Charity Commission website. The sharpest of fundraisers will have picked up this information and made a prompt application in the hope of attracting our early attention. The disappointing thing is that so many of these early bird applicants haven’t even taken the time to read the information on the website. Hence at least half of the initial applications were for projects which had no relation to our aims. This scattergun approach to fundraising is time-wasting, not only for the Trustees, but also for the applicants. I’m sure they are all doing very good work and it must be disappointing to receive rejection of their applications and therefore in a positive spirit I would like to suggest they would get better results by tailoring their applications to donors with the same aims as themselves.
A number of the other applications were related to elderly people so they do fit in to our broad area of interest. However our limited resources mean that we are not in a position to provide core funding for projects. We are also looking for evidence of innovatory approaches and ideas which can be repeated on a larger scale.
We don’t wish to discourage any applications which fit our criteria. You can find these by clicking on “GRUMBLESMILES TRUST” in the TOPICS list.