Happy New Year everyone! As usual for our first post of the year, we’re setting out our plans and priorities for the year ahead following a very brief summary of the year just gone.
2023 was another challenging year in the GRIN office. We received more enquiries and requests for advice and support than we could reasonably manage and this has inevitably influenced what we will be able to offer in 2024.
We’ve deliberately kept GRIN as a small social enterprise. The business has just two officers, one of whom also works full-time managing a local authority Economic Development and Regeneration service. We’ve decided not to expand the business and instead focus on doing a few things as well as we can.
In particular, during 2024 we’ll be restricting the advice and information we provide to our subscriber base. Our limited capacity will mean that we will be signposting all non-subscribers to other support agencies (we draw on a number of other social businesses that offer similar services to GRIN to help us with enquiries we don’t have capacity for).
While GRIN will have a narrower focus in the year ahead, we will be trialling a new, modest GRIN Awards programme until the end of December 2024. GRIN Awards will be ring-fenced to subscribers (excluding triallists). There’s more information about how GRIN Awards will work and how you can nominate a charitable organisation of your choice in the second article below, which will repeated in Wednesday’s website article.
Here’s what we’ll be doing in 2024:
1. INTRODUCING A GRIN AWARDS PROGRAMME – starting at the end of March 2024, we’ll be making a micro-award of £250 to a charity, not-for-profit social enterprise, sports club or constituted voluntary group nominated by subscribers to either the daily GRIN Grants Bulletin or monthly Grants Database. As this is such a small amount, we’re not placing any restrictions on how the funding can be used, so the award could be used, for example, to organise a party to thank volunteers, trustees and staff, commission some training or simply buy an item of equipment. More details about how GRIN Awards is intended to work is provided in the article below which will be replicated in Wednesday’s website article for our wider readership. If you’re a subscriber, please start thinking about who you want to nominate (this can include your own organisation).
2. NEW WORK & PRO BONO SUPPORT – due to our limited capacity, we won’t be taking on any new work or providing any pro bono support during 2024. Non-subscribers will instead be signposted to other, appropriate VCSE infrastructure agencies.
3. DAILY GRANTS & RESOURCES BULLETIN – we’ll be producing a daily grant bulletin every weekday throughout the year, from Wednesday 10th January to Friday 13th December 2024. Researching and writing up the bulletins normally takes 3-4 hours each day and our afternoons are block booked out for this. We expect to produce around 250 bulletins during the year, featuring approximately 700 UK-wide grant programmes.
4. GRANTS DATABASE – we’ll be committing more of our available time to updating, developing and improving the database this year.
5. DAILY NEWS ITEM – in addition to the daily GRIN grants bulletin, we also post a daily news item on our website (scroll down to the ‘Latest News’ section). This is where we often publicise opportunities emailed to us by other agencies, such as job and training opportunities and forthcoming events. This is a free service and is not necessarily restricted to daily bulletin and database subscribers. If you’d like us to promote any jobs, training, events or just tell other agencies about what you do, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. ASSESSING GRANTS – we’ve been appraising grant applications for a variety of organisations every year since the mid-1980s. These range from very local grant schemes to European programmes, and we hope to continue this aspect of our work in 2024.
7. BLOGS BY CLARITY CIC and the EMMA BEESTON CONSULTANCY – blogs by Sarah Taragon and Stephen Woollett of Clarity CIC and philanthropy adviser and author, Emma Beeston, are one of the highlights of the month in the GRIN office and we anticipate continuing these throughout 2024.
8. SOCIAL MEDIA POSTINGS – we receive more information on grants and resource opportunities than we can usefully apply in the daily grant bulletins or in the news section of our website. We plan to continue to place any additional items, including contract opportunities, on our Facebook page.
9. PRICE STRUCTURE FOR 2024 – we’re committed to maintaining the following price structure until 2030:
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 Database – £60 for a 12-month period or £100 for a 24-month period. Both subscription rates include the daily grant bulletins.
Please get in touch with either Dominie or Paul by email at email@example.com or phone 07387 377043 if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the services detailed above.
With our best wishes for the year ahead.