We have had a challenging 2017/18 with total grants falling short of budget. This is in part about timing but mainly because two big projects we were working on have not come to fruition. Now in 2018/19 we are looking to approve new grants that will make a difference in people’s lives.
The trustees have agreed a Grant Budget for 2018/19 of £20,000.
There is within this budget a Small Grants Pot (SGP) catering for grants upto a maximum of £750. Allocations from SGP are not subject to the same exacting criteria applied to main grants.
We have been approached by a number of charities seeking grants to support their work and the year has got off to a great start. Some exciting applications are well advanced and we hope to have positive outcomes shortly. We are always looking for imaginative projects that offer great value, tackle important needs and also meet our objectives.
Our Grant Programme for 2018/19 has not been fully allocated.
There are grant applications under consideration for this year but new projects are welcomed. Look at our criteria. “Matched funding” is a good way forward and will find favour with the trustees. We used this approach in our grants to Infosound.
All applications must meet our challenging criteria and in particular demonstrate “value for money”.
It is encouraging that the charities and other organisations we are talking to are responding well to our aims and objectives and have re-visited their applications with our help to improve value, measurable rewards and focus.
We all need to improve efficiency with less going on administration and more on meeting the need.
The trustees are happy to consider a broad range of applications and want to build long term relationships with more charities and not for profit organisations.
Find out here what grants we have made to date.
Blooming Blosssoms and Conor Kerin Memorial Fund are two charities we have been able to help under the Small Grants Pot arrangements.
We can use the Small Grants Pot throughout the year to support a wide range of charities and not for profit organisations whose objectives resonate with our aims and strategy. It is our custom to make some grants from this pot to good causes at any time but particularly at Christmas.
We have piloted our own programme called the “Waldorf Experience” which focuses on tackling loneliness, one of the big challenges our society faces, and bringing the generations together. The events embrace a high quality afternoon tea with song and music. The Foundation has worked with two forward looking and enthusiastic schools to offer the “Waldorf Experience”. To date we have held twelve events and they have all been a great success with everybody involved having a wonderful time.
Early in 2017 at both Windermere School and St Johns Academy we put on “Waldorf Concerts”. There was a varied programme of music complemented by a pre-concert reception of wine and canapes.The standard of music from the students was excellent. Our guests were also entertained by some excellent local choirs. The concerts were very popular with “full house” notices needed. The atmosphere at the concerts was magical with excellent feedback from everybody involved.
In 2018 we decided to offer our afternoon teas with song and music differently by creating an informal café style cabaret event with more guests attending. The two pilots have been a great success with all our guests enjoying a top quality afternoon tea enriched by wonderful entertainment. More “Waldorf” afternoon teas are planned for the year ahead.