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The size of the main grant that addressed our strategic priorities was £116,733 (£34,600 more than grants that did not address those priorities). These figures will act as a baseline, against which future changes in the pattern of our grant making can be monitored. This represents just over seven per cent of the total amount of grants we awarded this year. Work also began this year on assessing 494 applications received for the fourth International grants programme. The broad theme of the programme is health, disability and social care.

We were a leading participant in the multidistributor Millennium Festival Awards for All programme in England and Scotland. The Charities Board was set up as a purely reactive grant maker only funding applications received. But evidence from many deprived communities told us we needed to do more than wait for applications if we were to get grants to those most in need. Simply raising awareness about the money available was not enough. We needed to increase the quality of applications as well as the number.View source: E Conveyancing Brisbane

This meant putting staff directly into an area, and working with local development agencies, to improve the support available to community groups wanting help and advice to put their ideas into action. We introduced our first priority areas initiative, Brass for Barnsley to meet this challenge. Brass for Barnsley aimed to inject £3 million worth of grants into the district by 2002, double the level of the previous three years. This target was actually surpassed by April 2000. Applications from the district rose by 238 per cent the highest increase in the Yorkshire region. The success rate was 56 per cent for main grants compared to a national average of 45 per cent. We are always looking to improve our policies and procedures so that they reflect the principles which govern our working. We are currently taking a number of steps to close what the Commission for Racial Equality calls the ‘promise to practice gap’ in equal opportunities. In May 1998 we adopted Equality Action Planning (EAP) as the strategy for implementing our Equal Opportunities Policy and Code of Practice.

EAP is overseen by the Equality Advisory Group, an organisation-wide working group comprising people with experience and expertise in the area of equalities. At the local level, EAP teams were set up across the organisation to audit our policies and practices in five main areas. The first six month review shows that EAP has already achieved success in all five areas.