Sample Funding Application for Community Support Project

Project Summary

Our aim is to provide using 10 volunteer residents from different communities, a community befriending service for 10 lone parents living with health conditions in the area. We will pair people from different communities  and different ages in order to have an intergenerational aspect since many unwell people tend to be older and those with time and energy tend to be younger e.g. a young Bangladeshi person with an older white lone parent which will support cohesion.

We will create a befriending plan for each beneficiary that supports the volunteers and the users to work together on a one to one basis to identify health related achievable goals. This will improve quality of life of the user by the volunteer befriending them and giving support. The volunteer will gain a friend and a better understanding of health issues which in turn will encourage them to look after their own health.

 Project Outcomes

 This addresses two outcomes:

(1) Improve the health of inhabitants of the area

(2) Bring different communities within the area closer together


 How Does the Project Achieve the Two Outcomes


Our project achieves both priorities by bringing people from different communities closer together via targeting and outreach work to the different communities in the area in order to improve the health of vulnerable lone parent residents using befriending. By targeting we will reach out to the key services that people use in the area and promote our work through those services such as GPs, schools etc. By outreach work we will physically knock on doors and talk to people in the area to encourage and build their confidence to take part. We have found knocking on doors and talking to people directly is a very effective approach since many people across different communities are often unaware of what exists locally.

The project will encourage people from different communities and different ages to meet, befriend and support each other leading to an improvement in their health because of the social contact. This is a simple approach that will bring people from different communities together and make our ward a better and healthier place for all communities. 


How many people will be involved in the project? What will they be doing? 

The minimum number of people involved in the project will be 20 people. This will consist of 10 local volunteers working with another 10 local lone parent residents of the area who are unwell and are living with long term health conditions.

The volunteers and the users will work together on achieving the agreed befriending plan that will have been facilitated between them by our trained facilitator and that both the volunteer and the user have agreed to carry out together. The facilitator will always be available for either the volunteer or the user to contact and discuss any issues they may want to raise.

We will also involve the wider community in the project by creating a Project Steering Group so that as many people as possible can be consulted and involved in the development, management, monitoring and evaluation of this project. Based on our experience of carrying out community meetings we expect at least 15 residents will regularly attend the Project Steering Group meetings and participate in other aspects of the project such as distributing publicity, knocking on doors with us, giving us names of residents that may either wish to volunteer or be a user etc.

All local people including the volunteers and the users will be encouraged to attend the Project Steering Group meetings to present their views on how well they feel the project is performing and what they feel would make the service work better for them. From past experience we know that local people attending Project Steering Groups tend to be interested in issues such as (a) consultations with volunteers and users (b) examining the Project Delivery Plan and (c) networking with other community organisations.

How will this project improve this neighbourhood?

Being based in the area we know this location has the highest proportion of white residents in the Borough (Census 2001). However alongside this there is a growing Bangladeshi and Caribbean population that is younger. We applied for this funding because we want to bring different communities together. A key gap in the area that we have identified is the lack of opportunities for social contact among people from different communities. This is especially true for people with long term health conditions as they tend to be more isolated, lonely and least likely to trust people from different communities simply because the opportunities are not there for them to mix with people from other communities.

Feedback from our own service users said they wanted us to develop a service where people with different experiences of life could meet and share these experiences with each other. From our own experiences we have found that where people can talk openly about their health conditions, they can help others to understand what it’s really like to live with a long term health condition. We want our project to create situations where this can happen. That is what bringing different communities together is all about – generating understanding and compassion among different people so that they can understand each other’s needs no matter what the cultural, religious or ethnic differences there are between people.

Our project will improve the neighbourhood by facilitating the building of strong and positive relationships between people from different communities within their streets and homes. The key benefit of our project is that we will be growing ‘social capital’ – this is the social glue that helps to develop networks both within and between the different communities that exist in our area.


 Suggested Project Budget


Volunteer Recruitment  (four recruitment events to be held 

on four different days for potential volunteers.

Costs are based on for each event 4 hours Room Hire @£10 per

hour plus £10 for tea/biscuits = £50 per event x 4 )                            £200.00

Sessional Facilitator (60 hours support @£10 per hour)                   £600.00

Volunteer Expenses (£3 travel per day based on £1.50 bus

fare plus return bus fare another £1.50 = £3.

Therefore £3 per day @100 days volunteer befriending

support)                                                                                                      £300.00

Volunteer CRB checks and Training

(quote from a north london organisation who will carry out

all CRB checks and provide training in befriending skills for 

15 volunteers fo a two day period                                                           £400.00

Publicity (based on printing 6000 leaflets @5p)                                    £300.00

Venue Hire (based on hiring rooms for 20 hours of project

meetings for the duration of the project

@£10 per hour                                                                                           £200.00

Office Costs (based on £125 for printing, £125 for stationery,

£125 for postage and £125 for phone)                                                  £500.00 


Total Cost of Project                                                                                 £2500.00