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Sharing tips: Heather Newell from Upper Hutt speaks on the art of writing successful grant applications at Community House in Palmerston
North last week.
Photo: ROBERT KITCHIN
Arts funding labyrinth can
be navigated with support
By JUDITH LACY
Every year for three or four years the arts
organisation kept applying to Creative New
Zealand for funding and every year a
rejection letter was sent.
Eventually the Christchurch organis-
ation contacted Heather Newell for advice.
She asked if the person sending the
rejection letters had been rung to find out
what the problem was.
It turns out the organisation was putting
see attached on the application form
instead of filling in the boxes. The trustees
did not read the attachments so did not
have enough information to assess the
The moral of the story is to fill in the
Mrs Newell shared that story with fund-
raisers and community group representa-
tives last week. She was the guest speaker
at the inaugural meeting of the Palmerston
North branch of the Fundraising Institute
of New Zealand.
Mrs Newell s Upper Hutt-based com-
pany, Foresee Communications, provides
funding, communication and sponsorship
services for not-for-profit organisations.
She advised the audience to talk about
outcomes. Don t say you need a photocopier;
instead identify a key issue in the com-
munity your organisation wants to resolve.
As a consequences of resolving the issue
you will need office space and equipment,
staff and governance structure.
Organisations need a case statement set-
ting out issues in the community it wants to
address. It states why a funder should give
your organisation money.
Ring and introduce yourself -- even if you
have to make up a question -- because as
soon as you say your organisation s name
there is a level of awareness.
Don t be afraid to ask who the people
making the decision on your application
will be. Find out their areas of interest,
invite them to come and see what you do
before you put in your application, Mrs
Some other points:
It takes as much time to fill in an appli-
cation for $2000 as it does for $10,000, so
think big picture.
Do your research -- does your organisation
fit the criteria, what exclusions are there,
what is the maximum grant, what has the
funder given money to in the past, what is
the average grant?
Make sure you understand the application
form s requirements well before deadline.
Do you need a reference, three quotes?
How many times a year can you apply? If
just once, make sure you put in your best
and biggest application.
Try to get your application in before dead-
line. Some funders will come back to you if
you have left something off the application
Mrs Newell told successful applicants to
not just breathe a sigh of relief and start
spending. Make sure you understand the
requirements of the accountability form or
contract the funder has sent and that you
are constantly working toward fulfilling
The Fundraising Institute of New
Zealand (FINZ) is the professional
body for charities and those employed
in or involved with fundraising in the
Chief executive James Austin told
the Palmerston North branch s inaug-
ural meeting that being a fundraiser is
one of the most lonely jobs in the world
and FINZ seeks to address this.
There is nothing better than sharing
ideas, skills and fears with fellow
fundraisers who are in the same boat.
Fundraising is becoming more
important as government funding
shrinks, he said.
Cancer Society fundraiser and Relay
for Life organiser Faye James was
elected chairwoman of the Palmerston
North branch. Jean Thompson-
Church, who is involved in many
organisations, is secretary, and the
treasurer is Palmerston North City
Council project investment co-
ordinator Clint Dunstan.
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