The Great Giving Funders’ Award – The Patsy Wood Trust
In 2011, Butterfly Conservation set up the ‘Patsy Wood Moth Conservation Challenge Fund’ with a generous gift from the Patsy Wood Trust (PWT). The Trust has continued to actively support the Challenge Fund annually since that time, allowing conservation of the UK’s rarest and most threatened moth species.
Moths, although less well known and appreciated by the public, face the same issues as butterflies: loss of habitat, Inappropriate changes in habitat management, environmental pollution, and Impacts from pesticide use. The Patsy Wood Trust Challenge Fund has allowed Butterfly Conservation to address the difficulty of securing funding to safeguard the future of these fascinating insects at various project sites across England, Scotland and Wales. The Trust shows a clear understanding of the need for landscape-scale conservation, as evidenced through their recent funding towards their work to restore deciduous woodland in Rockingham Forest, East Midlands, in order to reintroduce the Chequered Skipper back into England.
A significant number of moth species have already disappeared from the UK and others are rare, vulnerable or threatened, with some on the brink of extinction. Raising funds and public support for the conservation of moths has always been more difficult than for their more charismatic butterfly cousins, despite there being many more species of moths than butterflies in the UK. The key to conserving moths, as for many other species, is ensuring that adequate and suitable management is in place, and where appropriate, that restoration is undertaken.
Funding from the Challenge Fund has helped to meet the cost of developing and running projects that:
- Halt and reverse the declines for various threatened moths;
- Contribute to the improvement of a diverse range of habitats for selected scarce and threatened moths; and
- Develop ecological networks.
The Patsy Wood Challenge Fund has contributed significantly to moth conservation In the UK. This Fund has enabled us to carry out work for at least 25 species across 16 landscape areas, from Dartmoor to Deeside.
The Patsy Wood Challenge Fund has been used to ‘unlock’ larger grants from a range of funders, supporting essential moth conservation work at key sites in the UK. During the initial three years, The Challenge Fund underpinned practical projects worth £365,000 each year.
One of the central aims and most rewarding aspects of the PWT is to support charities in pursuing and developing their ideas and realising their dreams. They have clearly demonstrated their support for the work of Butterfly Conservation by enabling us to set up the Moth Conservation Challenge Fund and by providing continuation funding to allow us to develop further projects to help the UK’s most threatened moths.
The Patsy Wood Trust recognise the difficulty of securing match funding for moth conservation projects, and so offered unrestricted funding that enables the leverage of support from other funding bodies. Over the first three years, every £1 from PWT was used by Butterfly Conservation to raise £10 from other funders. The application process is clear, and gives ample scope to explain the need, the opportunity, aims and the case for the support requested. Answers to concerns or queries are always readily forthcoming, and they have found the Trust to be friendly, approachable and always keen to learn more about goals and achievements. The Great Giving Funders Award 2016
Moths and butterflies are a vital part of the UK’s wildlife heritage and are sensitive indicators of the health of our environment. However, these insects continue to decline at an alarming rate. Butterfly Conservation aims to halt and reverse these declines, so that their essential role in the ecosystem will continue.
PWT understands that to realise these aims, we need support to undertake direct practical conservation action. Projects supported by the Patsy Wood Challenge Fund are safeguarding the UK’s natural heritage. Work has led to significant habitat improvements, from the restoration of Breck heathland In Suffolk to the creation of sunny woodland glades on the Cumbrian Fells.
On the ground, conservation work has targeted key threatened species including the Dark Bordered Beauty, Slender Scotch Burnet, Betony Case-bearer, Chalk Carpet, Drab Looper, Narrow- & Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moths, Straw Belle, Dingy Mocha, and the Lunar Yellow Underwing- all alluring names that hint at the hidden and neglected trove of endangered moth diversity that is the focus of this vital PWT-supported Initiative.
These projects support a range of partners, from landowners and volunteers to other conservation bodies. More than 30 specialist conservation staff and contractors have been employed to advise, carry out or oversee habitat management and undertake monitoring. This has provided local employment opportunities and economic benefits. Since The Patsy Wood Challenge Fund began, Butterfly Conservation has successfully held hundreds of moth nights and training events for the public, greatly enjoyed by attendees and helping to raise awareness and recruit volunteers.
The Patsy Wood Trust, through its support, has shown to a wide public audience that moths and their conservation should be recognised as a priority for funding in the UK.
The Great Giving Funders’ Award – The Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity
Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity occupies a truly unique position. it is the only charity funding children’s hospitals nationwide, supporting hundreds of different projects around the UK, from Aberdeen to Brighton.
Since 2004 the charity has provided almost £2.5million in grants to 327 projects in almost 100 children’s hospitals around the UK. The charity will only support initiatives that enhance or complement, rather than replace, NHS funding, with preference given to projects conceived by and in children’s hospitals. This ensures grants benefit local communities throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It supports projects as diverse as arts, music, and play therapy, free family accommodation, sensory equipment and facilities, respite care, welcoming environments in hospitals, and medical equipment not supported by statutory funding.
The charity has worked at a local level with individual children’s hospitals for over 10 years, and understands the important role these hospitals and their charities play in their communities, and their individual needs. For example, it has supported music therapy services at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, provided by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, for the last nine years. Over 400 patients a year benefit from music therapy sessions, many repeatedly, Including one-to-one and group sessions on wards, and children with special needs, behavioural problems and other disabilities.
Parents rate the service unanimously positive and confirm that it has made a huge difference to their child’s experience. Despite increasing evidence on the impact of music therapy on improving the wellbeing of children in hospital, it is not funded by the NHS and relies on charitable funding. Without the funding from Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, the Trust would be forced to significantly reduce its music therapy provision, reducing the number of patients who benefit.
As well as providing this specific, localised support, the charity is the only funder in a position to see the national picture of how children’s hospitals complement the work of the NHS, and assess the unmet need and ongoing support required. It can respond on a national level to services delivered by children’s hospitals nationwide, collaborating with these hospitals to ensure funds are spent in the most effective way possible, without overlapping with NHS funding.
The charity provides clear guidelines throughout each stage. It invites initial contact by phone or email to ensure submissions are appropriate and therefore an effective use of time. Applications are rigorously examined by the Trustees, advised by the executive, who consider Charity Commission records, websites, newsletters and governance. Due diligence is applied regardless of whether they have received a grant previously, and previous grant history is published in full. It also advises on applicants’ current fundraislng.
It invites individual contact from applicants and responds to enquiries with tailored advice. For example, it helped The Children’s Centre at Nottingham’s City Hospital successfully reposition their request for funding support for a range of music workshops, art and theatre sessions and fun activities for children and families, as a cohesive arts and entertainment programme.
As Trustees will never replace statutory or NHS funding, examinations are particularly thorough where the applicant is part of an NHS governance mechanism.
The charity acknowledges that some applicants are staffed professionally and some by volunteers, often children’s hospital staff, and tailors its approach to individual circumstances. In some cases, an executive visit to assess the project and ensure it merits charitable funding. Some smaller charities are allowed flexibility to complete additional information required, acknowledging that applicants do not come from a level playing field.
Feedback is provided, particularly where multiple applications are received from different departments within the same hospital, so that they can examine their internal processes.
Its unique position as the only charity funding projects nationwide gives it perspective and experience, to assess how individual requests fit with the national picture. Trustees will always assess applications flexibly, to ensure funds are directed where they are needed most.
It is imperative that children’s hospital charities ensure their work complements, but does not replace, NHS funding. This is just as significant a consideration for funders. As NHS resources come under ever-increasing levels of pressure, more and more requests are made of children’s hospital charities to step in and bear some of the strain. This leaves many torn between funding expenditure which is vital to the work and future of the hospital and the care of its patients, and straying into what should rightly be NHS territory. It has also left more children’s hospital charities funding ancillary or support services such as standard medical equipment for their particular hospital.
It is this wider environment that Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity is uniquely positioned to understand and respond to. As the only funder of children’s hospitals nationwide, it has clear, overarching perspective on the pressures local children’s hospitals are facing, whether in Aberdeen or Brighton, and where these individual needs fit on the national scale.
Great Giving Funders’ Award – War Memorials Trust
The beneficiaries of War Memorials Trust Grants’ Scheme include not only the grant applicants who seek funding for repair and conservation works to their war memorial but also the wider, far larger communities across the UK. The applicants can have a range of knowledge and experience from professional War Memorials Officers, working for the local authority, to members of a Parish Council or simply a war memorial enthusiast. Their understanding of the issues involved varies greatly and War Memorials Trust actively encourages prospective grant applicants to contact their specialist staff to discuss the issues and determine whether the applicant is eligible to make a Grants Pre-application for a grant. In addition to this clear guidance on what projects are eligible for funding is given on the Trust’s website together with helpsheets which cover a range of war memorial issues: www.warmemorials.org/conservation-advice . Alongside its grant programmes War Memorials Trust operates a free advisory service for anyone with a war memorial based enquiry which can also lead to grant applications.
The Conservation Team who administers the grants comprises five members of staff who are all experienced in heritage conservation and have a good understanding of best practice in the repair and conservation of war memorials. Additionally, in challenging cases, War Memorials Trust has requested additional advice from Historic England (formerly English Heritage), who have worked closely with the Trust since 2000. Currently War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme can offer grants of normally up to £30,000 at 75% of the total cost.
War Memorials Trust operates a two stage grant application process. The first is a simple ‘Grants Pre-application form’ which asks for basic details such as an outline of the project and an estimate of how much funding is sought and asks for photographs to be provided. A dedicated Conservation Officer will assess whether the project is eligible for funding and whether it is compliant with best conservation practice. In some cases they will contact the applicant to gain a greater understanding of the project or make a site visit.
The Trust has Conservation Officers situated around the UK who are well placed to undertake site visits. Once the scope of works is clear the Conservation Officer can then send the applicant an Application Form and, if needed, can guide the applicant through the process. In addition to the Application Form the Conservation Officer also sends the applicant a set of Guidance Notes, guidelines on researching the history of a war memorial and a helpsheet on how to find a suitably qualified contractor or conservation-accredited professional advisor. War Memorials Trust aims to be supportive throughout the project. In some cases for example a recent case at Stockport Cricket Club War Memorials Trust is able to offer support from its wider network of Regional Volunteers who can assist an applicant with day-to-day tasks such as researching the history of a war memorial and completing the Application Form. In more complex cases the Conservation Officer might recommend that the applicant obtains professional advice from an Architect, Building Surveyor or a Structural Engineer before any works take place. To assist with this, War Memorials Trust can offer Professional Advice Grants for such purposes.
By working closely with the grant applicants War Memorials Trust can provide a much personalised service when it is required as no two grants cases are the same. Because there is such a huge variety in the form war memorials take (from the more traditional plaques, stone crosses, statues and obelisks to clock towers, stained glass windows, memorial halls, organs and even an avenue of trees) and the different materials involved the works can vary greatly and it is important that War Memorials Trust engages individually. For example one applicant was struggling to find match funding to support a War Memorials Trust grant and benefitted from a visit by the Trust’s Head of Fundraising who was able to advise them on how to fundraise from other sources. Another applicant of a major war memorial project in Tottenham needed the help of a War Memorials Trust Conservation Officer in ensuring that the materials and works used were as close to the original memorial as possible. In some cases, such as that of the war memorial on the outside of St Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington, London, an emergency grant was given to support the dismantling of the war memorial which was deemed as unsafe by a structural engineer. War Memorials Trust is now working with the grant applicant on funding for its repair, conservation and reinstatement back to its original site.
On larger more complex projects such as Bootle war memorial in Merseyside and the Waterloo Monument in Wigan War Memorials Trust staff have undertaken site visits to meet with contractors and conservation-accredited professional advisors to agree specific works and to confirm the extent of works required. Due to the nature of historical structures there are sometimes unknown issues at design stage. This may result in the actual extent of works increasing or decreasing. In the above cases War Memorials Trust staff were on-hand during site works to help solve any unforeseen issues.
War Memorials Trust is also a partner in the First World War Memorials Programme. This is a one-off, additional programme supported by the UK government via the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It is seeking to ensure that war memorials across the UK are in the best condition to mark the centenary of World War I with War Memorials Trust focusing on grant-making to support repair and conservation projects around World War I memorials. Partners, Civic Voice, Historic England and Imperial War Museums are delivering other war memorial related activities.