Having met via The Business Network, Exeter, Winning Tenders’ Ian Smith offered to assist Jon Duckham, Fundraising Manager of WESC, with a funding application to The Prince’s Countryside Trust (PCF).
The WESC Foundation is a specialist centre for the visually impaired providing high-quality education and care that increases learners’ opportunities. The project was to look for funding to help an outdoor learning centre utilising some land at West Hill near Honiton. The aim is to establish a horticultural and forest school to aid visually impaired young adults to develop transferable skills, ultimately to increase their future employability through enhancing their opportunities and experience.
Jon Duckham said ‘Although we do write our own funding applications, WESC approached ‘Winning Tenders’ as we felt that the bid was complex and needed to be presented very correctly to meet the grants criteria without being lost in explanatory details –which we ourselves seemed to become bogged down in.
‘Having fresh eyes on the project certainly helped and Winning Tenders were able to capture the essence of the objectives in a clear and concise manner which we feel has greatly improved our bid’s chances.
‘We don’t know the outcome yet, but I feel it has been a very valuable process and I’m extremely grateful to Ian and his team for their specialist abilities and would be delighted to work with them again and have no hesitation in endorsing them’.
Ian Smith said: ‘Having talked to WESC’s dedicated team we were able to explain how establishing West Hill as a Horticultural Enterprise Project fits with all the aims of PCF’s Sustaining Rural Communities and driving Economic Vibrancy objective. We then went on to give details of the beneficiaries and projected results including key outputs every 6 months. Like Jon we now look forward to a successful outcome and we shall be pleased to help with further applications for this worthwhile cause.’