We appreciate reporting is not always easy.
Even when you know you're making a difference, articulating this effectively can be challenging and, despite the abudance of fantastic resources now available from various sources (see our Links and Resources page for suggestions), sometimes it takes seeing real-life examples to really bring the tips to life. With this in mind, one of our current funded organisations has kindly agreed to us sharing its latest report, which we identified as being a particularly strong example of a small award report.
This examples features a charity operating in an area of multiple deprivation, home to an ethnically diverse population, which runs a number of initiatives designed to promote positive health, training and employment opportunities within the local community.
The Robertson Trust awarded the charity a three-year Small Award of £7,500 per annum, towards the costs of its Wellbeing Programme, which provides a range of classes, activities and volunteering opportunities for local people. Their recent end of grant report can be viewed here, and below I've provided some of the reasons it really stood out to us.
The report clearly and concisely sets out what the project aimed to do (i.e. its activities) and what it actually did during the funding period, in the ‘What we actually did’ section. It was easy for the Funding Officer reviewing the report to see whether the project delivered what it set out to.
The report refers specifically to the outcomes we agreed with the charity in the ‘What Difference We Made’ section, giving an overview of the benefits participants experienced in relation to their mental wellbeing and employability; also providing some specific examples.
The case study included helps to show the difference the project is making for local people. For Small Awards, we don’t expect you to provide reams of evidence about the benefits of your work – case studies can be a simple yet effective way of illustrating these and bringing your work to life.