GRIN SW LLP will be 10 years old on 30th April 2022. As, reputedly, 21.5% of start-ups fail in the first year, 30% in the second year and 50% fail in their fifth year, we’re quite pleased to have reached this milestone. (Hopefully, we won’t join the 70% of start-ups that fall over in their in their 10th year!)
This article sets out the aims and ambitions of GRIN SW LLP for the coming year, but before we outline our plans, we’d like to wish all readers a healthy and successful 2022 in what looks certain to be another challenging year for the not-for-profit sector.
Our main priorities for 2022 are:
- Daily Grant Bulletins – the bulletins have resumed from today and will continue up to Friday 16 December 2022, excluding weekends and public bank holidays. Our aim this year is to provide detailed information about 2 grant schemes on Mondays and Fridays, and 3 grant schemes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A typical midweek bulletin will feature a main grant provider, a lesser-known grant-making trust and a local funding source which is most likely to have a South West region focus (when GRIN started in April 2012, our aim was to help not-for-profits draw funding into the region. While this has less of a focus now as the grant bulletins are sent out to organisations across the UK, most are South West based, so we continue to reflect this in the bulletins). We expect to circulate details of around 700 grant programmes during the year.
- Daily website postings to focus on global grant programmes – we’ll continue to post a news item on our website each day, again with the exception of weekends and public bank holidays. This year we’re planning to dedicate more space to global grant programmes that UK agencies can apply to. The GRIN grant bulletins and website can also be used by not-for-profits to advertise details of jobs, training courses etc. at no charge. Simply send details to email@example.com.
- GRIN Grants Databases – our grants database has become so large that, towards the end of 2021, we brought in additional resources to keep it up to date while adding more features and information. We aim to continue to improve and develop the database in 2022.
- Daily Facebook postings – we receive a great deal more information about grant and resource opportunities than we can use in the daily grant bulletins or place on the news section of our website, so we’re aiming to publish at least one item on our Facebook page each weekday.
- Blogs by Clarity CIC and Emma Beeston Consultancy – according to the feedback we receive, the blogs by Sarah Taragon and Stephen Woollett of Clarity CIC and Emma Beeston of the Emma Beeston Consultancy are one of the highlights of each month, and we’re hoping to continue these throughout 2022. During the year we’ll also be featuring blogs by other contributors, including Marsha Miles of the Marsha Miles Consultancy (MMC). Blogs will normally featured as part of our Friday grants bulletin and website postings.
- Commissioned work – it’s unlikely we’ll have any spare capacity to consider taking on any new work during 2022/23. However, if you’re looking for an agency similar to GRIN that can help you identify grant prospects and advise on grant applications, we can provide a list of organisations we’re happy to recommend.
- Pro-bono support – during 2021 we provided pro bono advice to over 100 organisations and – even though we’re only in the second week of 2022 – we’ve already provided free support for 4 projects and organisations in the UK and overseas. If we have capacity, we’ll continue to provide pro bono advice throughout 2022, although we will prioritise subscribers over non-subscribers. We can be contacted for free advice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning 07387 377043 or via the real time messaging service on our website (click on ‘Send Message‘ in the bottom right hand corner of the home page).
- No changes to prices for 2022 – we expect 2022 to be a challenging year for not-for-profits in terms of demand on services and finances as the UK emerges from COVID-19. Because of this, our prices will remain the same for 2022, namely:
o Daily Grants Bulletin – £15 per year for an individual subscriber or £25 per year for multiple subscribers from the same organisation (which can include volunteers and trustees). Organisations that would like to try out the daily bulletins can continue to sign up for a free 2-week trial.
o Monthly Grants Bulletin – £60 for a 12-month period or £100 for a 24-month period. Both subscription rates include the daily grant bulletins.
o Commissioned work – unfortunately, we will be unable to take on any further commissioned work until at least 1 April 2023. However, if you’re looking for quality advice and support we can refer to a number of similar agencies that we’ve worked alongside over many years and are more than happy to recommend.
Please get in touch with either Dominie or Paul by email at email@example.com or phone 07387 377043 if you have any questions, observations or simply want to discuss any of the above.
With best wishes for 2022.