People and Communities – why relationships matter

By Kathy Ayers, Senior Policy and Learning Manager

Kathy Ayers from Big Lottery Fund
Kathy Ayers from Big Lottery Fund

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with us so far about People and Communities, our new programme we plan to launch early next year.

You have been making comments on Facebook and sending us emails. What you are telling us is making us think, discuss and plan how we will develop the programme.

This week we’re thinking about relationships — in particular what makes a good relationship between us, as the funder, and you as applicants and grant holders. This is important because we want to work with you in ways that help you and support you.

A number of you have told us that you’d like more face to face contact with us.

Some of you have suggested we should visit an organisation when assessing their application so we can talk to people about the projects that are being developed and the issues they think are important.

Others have told us that we should visit after we make a grant. You think it is important that we see the communities and meet the people you are working with. So we’d like more feedback about this face to face approach to grant making.

  • Would this work for you?
  • Do you think meeting us could help you put People in the Lead?
  • Would it help you to involve people in your ideas and work?
  • Would you find doing this challenging?

We may not be able to meet every group who asks for money. But perhaps we could visit an area and have ‘drop-in’ sessions to discuss applications and meet some grant holders.

We know there are other great ideas out there and we’d love you to get in touch and tell us what you think could work.

There are several ways to get in touch, linked below, or feel free to just leave a comment on this blog. We have also arranged four conversation sessions for VCSE groups and beneficiaries. More information here.

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