Getting a Grant
The National Lottery Awards for All programme offers grants between £300 and £10,000 for community projects.
You need to show how your project or activity will:
- bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
- improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
A kneeler project designed and delivered by members of your local community for your church – ie your local community building – will probably feature weekly meetings for stitchers and designers for mutual help and encouragement. This enhances designing and stitching skills – ie enabling ‘more people to fulfil their potential’ – and certainly provides an opportunity to reduce loneliness. Your kneeler project is ideally eligible for a grant.
Go to www.biglotteryfund.org.uk. Read the Guidance Notes and fill in the Application Form.
Your budget will be along these lines:
One-off capital expenditure
- Lightbox (optional – lots of choice on the internet
- Books – The New World of Needlepoint is useful. None are essential but all are enjoyable. (Go to Suppliers and Books)
- Appletons Wools Shade Swatch – current price £30 (Go to Suppliers and Books).
Cost of materials
- Canvas – current price just under £12 per kneeler (go to Suppliers and Books). Your probable minimum aim will be 20 kneelers – but some churches have over 300. Be ambitious!
- Wools – say five hanks of 2ply Appletons Wools @ £3 per kneeler = £15. (Go to Suppliers and Books) This is a generous allowance but you will need a big range of colours at the beginning and the need for further wools will diminish as you progress.
- Chip foam – cut to the size of your kneeler: check current prices at www.pentonvillerubbercompany.co.uk.
- Sundries – needles, curtain rings, tape etc.
- Graph paper, laundry marker pens & photocopying – say £25 (Go to Suppliers and Books).
- Hire of hall/electricity costs.
BEST OF LUCK