The GAS Fund application process was fluid enough to allow us to learn, & improve our bid/Pitching skills as we went. We were such rank amateurs that we don’t think anybody else would have given us this kind of a chance. Just the possibility of receiving some backing from The GAS Fund spurred us on to get stuck in to some positive organising. We had to concentrate on exactly what we stood for, & form a clear idea of a plan for the future.
KarenSalli Booth, Haringey Disabled People’s Community
The opportunity itself to meet with a large funding body and discuss your project is really helpful. It allows you to focus on what the key message is of your campaign and how you intend to drive it forward. The pitch provides a forum to reference your ideas and help you learn to sell your campaign to a wider audience.
It was pretty quickly, flexible, personal and direct. Easy process with simple application form and criteria. Being able to pitch gave me focus and drive. I found the environment very supportive. Being able to talk to funders instead of sending a written application helped both funders and applicants to understand more about each other. It made it less bureaucratic and more human. I felt a sense of trust that you don’t get with funders. I have been applying to so many funding and not getting support that being able to win gave me back more confidence.
Bringing together thoughts into a deliverable campaign strategy workshop has been really helpful. Also, setting out all the elements of a campaign and understanding what aims are realistic. Fantastic training programme!