You don’t have to report back on how you’ve used your Edge Fund grant, but we’d appreciate it if you did. By providing a short report, and allowing us to share it, we can help to raise your profile through our networks and it can help us to achieve our aims of sharing ideas and experiences of creating change. Being able to show our current and potential donors how Edge Fund grants are used can also help us to raise more funds so that we can continue to support important work like yours that is not well supported elsewhere. Also, if you plan to apply to Edge Fund again in the future, members are likely to be interested in how the previous grant was used, so providing a report may help future applications.
If that’s convinced you to send us a report, here’s some ideas on how you could do it. We don’t want it to be a burden to report back, or for it to cost you any money, so we are flexible on how you do this and can offer support if needed, including covering travel costs if you want to present to us in person or arranging for a member to visit or phone you. Also, we provide grants ranging from £500 to £5,000 and feel that the length of the report should reflect the size of the grant, but we’ll leave it to you to do what you can. Some options for reporting back are:
- Half – one and a half pages written report (roughly 250 – 750 words)
- 1 – 3 minute interview with a member on the phone or in person (perhaps based on answering the questions below)
- 1 – 3 minute video (a basic video using a phone, perhaps to record someone answering the questions below, is fine. It doesn’t need to be professionally produced. You might find this guide from VisionOntv useful, we can provide a microphone if needed)
- 1 – 3 minute presentation at an Edge meeting
As a rough guide, here are some questions you might want to answer in your report:
- What have been your main activities since you received funds from Edge?
- What went well and what were the challenges?
- What did you learn?
- How have Edge funds helped? Did you use them for something specific?
- Do you have any thoughts that might help Edge do a better job of supporting work like yours? For example, are there skills and resources you need which we could help you access through our network?