BAB Project Officer Bianca Rossetti, who works on the Community Kick-Start Project, has shared this blog about changes to the scheme:
Many visitors to this site will have heard of the Community Kick-Start Fund – our micro funding scheme that supports groups to run exciting new social activities for older people. Despite it being one of our smaller projects in terms of budget, it’s become one of the best-known due to the huge variety of different groups we’ve supported and imaginative ideas we’ve funded. The aim of the fund is to support projects happening at grassroots level, which have been asked for by older people themselves.
Since we launched the fund, we’ve regularly evaluated how close we’ve got to meeting these aims, and whether there are any tweaks we can make to the way we promote and commission the fund that will help us reach the right people. We’ve made changes such as making our scoring criteria publicly available via the guidance notes; making the questions a little more detailed and unambiguous; and publishing some flyers and leaflets to get the message across that the fund is open to all.
The fund has now been open for 2 years, so towards the end of 2018 we decided to press pause on receiving applications so we could sit down with our Older Persons Commissioning Panel and have a chat about what improvements could still be made to ensure we make the fund as accessible as possible.
We’ve now relaunched the fund, and applicants should find that the form and guidance notes are more jargon-free, comprehensive and clear than ever. I’ve written up the process by which we made these changes in more detail in a learning report, which may be of interest to you if you’re a professional managing a similar scheme, or a potential applicant wanting to know more about the ‘other side’ of the commissioning process – just make sure you have a cup of tea handy!
If you’d like to know more about the work we’ve done through Kick-Start, please see the project page, which also includes a link to our interactive Google Map of activities. You may also be interested in another post about the diverse communities we’ve worked with, a report from an event we held with other Ageing better areas, and for a meatier read, the report by our Community Researchers focusing on the first 2 rounds of funding.
I’m also more than happy to chat about the projects we’ve funded, or discuss any potential ideas you may have, so feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on (0117) 9281539.
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