- Speak to your local Equalities Officer
- Speak to SDEF
- Apply for Grants from other Organisations/Trusts, if criteria can be met
- Look into all funding possibilities that could be available to your Access Panel and ensure these are applied for
- Don’t be afraid to apply for funding, even if some applications have been refused in the past. Not all applications will be successful. It is important to keep trying
- Approach local businesses, organisations, public bodies to seek specific funding for holding an event or to pay for your newsletter or leaflets
- In return the sponsor will get advertising space or you will negotiate what the sponsor receives in return for gifting the funding
- From time to time, SDEF can assist with ideas, and sometimes can help to identify possible avenues of funding
- Appeals for donations can be made through local papers, on the television or on the radio
- Setting up a small business is a way of making money – look at different ways to do this.
- Thrift Shops are good examples of a Social Enterprise. These are shops that sell second-hand or gifted articles and are usually run for charitable purposes.
- Equality Officers may be a good contact whilst setting these up.
See Appendix 2 for contact details.
Income Generation/Income Maximisation
Examples of Income Generation/Income Maximisation are:
- Panel may choose to charge for services that they may be asked for from a business or local community – such as a Short Access Audit for a business
- Making a small charge to Private and Public Bodies for work
- Design Appraisals · Development of Access Guides for a Third Party
- Site Visits on behalf of the Local Authorities, the NHS, Government Departments or Agencies
Examples of fundraising events are:
- Open Days at the Access Panel
- Membership promotion events – which also increase membership
Fundraising Events can be advertised in the local media (newspaper, television and radio).
For further information on fundraising see also: A Guide to Fundraising