|How to Get a Grant|
By John Farley
I was asked to give a brief explanation on how to obtain a grant. Here is one Diving Club's experience of a grant application to the Foundation For Sport and the Arts. In this case for a diving boat (RIB).
Towards the spring of 1993 Diver mag ran a small piece in the News section about the Foundation For Sport and the Arts. I saw this and thought given the recession there would be a fat chance of us getting a grant.
About 5 months later I began to see other pieces in the news section about clubs receiving grants for equipment. So I phoned the number given for the Foundation (0151 524 0235/6) and asked for a application form.
A day latter I had the form and quite a lot of other documentation about applying for a grant. The highlights of this are:
Well armed with this information at the following Club committee meeting
I raised the subject (being the chairman I find doing this easy :-)).
A week or so latter I received an acknowledgement letter. This also stated the 5 stage process for the application.
We were told that some at each stage some applications are rejected.
At the end of December we notification we were in stage 2. In March 1994
we received notification that we were in 5 and that the trustees wished
to make us a grant for the full amount when funds were available. We were
rather pleased at this point if not a bit shell shocked. At the end of
May we received a grant offer letter along with a document in "legalese"
stating the conditions we had to agree to. This appears to be a standard
document issued with all grants (remember the Foundation covers a vast
number of pursuits).
In the middle of August 1994 we took delivery of a Osprey Viper 6.25M RIB with 115HP Suzuki and a 4HP Suzuki backup. We also had fitted an Lowance X25 sounder, Garmin 65 GPS and a Hummingbird VHF. The boat has a bottle rack and a double A frame with navigation lights. The boat comes on a braked Snipe trailer.
In conclusion all I can tell you is that this has been very easy and painless to achieve. We feel quite astounded by how easy. It has taken 10 months from application to delivery. Are we a one off? Or just lucky? I don't know. Give it a try and let me know. You don't get what you don't ask for. Here's that address and phone number:
I gather they hope to be able to plan once more when the Lottery is up and running, but that ability depends on the organisation running the lottery as much as the FSA.
Wish us luck with our application!
Jason Shepherd (Chair, Edinburgh University SAC).