Frequently Asked Questions
The programme offers nonfinancial capacity building support in addition to a Grant. Can you give examples of what this might be?
The programme will provide support in areas that are crucial for your organisation’s growth and long-term development. This could include support to expand and diversify income streams, team growth, implementing essential operational systems, establishing strong financial management practices, enhancing marketing and communications for audience expansion and fundraising, measuring impact, ensuring legal compliance, and maintaining good governance.
What is the Create Equity’s Project Service Office, and how does it support organisations?
Through the Project Support office we collaborate with individual organisations to assess their growth needs and match them with subject matter consultants. During this process we get to know you and your organisation and can support you with setting clear plans around financial modelling and planning, setting smart objectives and understanding the key results you want to achieve with your capacity building plans.
Our consultants have real commercial experience, use clear language and frameworks implementable across all levels of an organisation. They specialise in Strategy, Marketing, Finance, HR, Administration, Legal & Governance, Technology, Business Development, Operations, and Impact Measurement.
Is the grant funding paid in one lump sum or is there a staggered payment schedule?
The grant will be paid in one lump sum of £2,000.
Are there any items you wouldn’t provide a cash grant for?
It’s an unrestricted grant to go towards anything that will support your organisation’s ability to engage in the capacity building programme.
When will programme activities need to be?
All programme activities supported by grant funding and subject matter consultants will need to be completed within 12 months from April 2024.
Selection Criteria, Application, and Assessment Process
What is meant by organisational growth?
It refers to the possibility of acquiring growth finance (typically over £250K), increasing headcount, and/or expanding your products or services within the next 12 to 18 months.
Are you seeking organisations with a particular level of turnover?
Yes, typically over £100k per annum.
What does it mean to be eligible as a charitable organisation?
We support Black and Brown-led organisations with a social mission, providing transformational or innovative solutions in education, social justice, the arts, creative, digital, and media industries.
What types of organisations will you fund?
We fund various organisational structures as long as your organisation has charitable objectives and/or benefits the public. Expected legal structures include: Registered Charity, Charitable Trust, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Community Interest Company (CIC) limited by guarantee, Community Interest Company (CIC) limited by shares, Community Benefit Society (CBS) registered with an asset lock or a common ownership dissolution clause, Community Benefit Society (CBS) without an asset lock, Company limited by guarantee, Co-operative, Limited liability partnership.
What is the application process?
There will be a two-stage process. The first stage will require applicants to complete and submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ form. This will be assessed, and selected applicants will progress to the second stage to complete an ‘Application’ Form.
What information will be required at the Expression of Interest stage?
You will be invited to complete an Expression of Interest form, including basic details about your organisation: its structure, mission, focus, growth plan, development needs, and eligibility verification for the program. The form will be in a simple checkbox format.
Can I get any guidance with my Expression of Interest?
Yes. For the Expression of Interest stage, live Q&A webinars will be conducted. These sessions will provide insights into the program’s purpose, guidance on completing the form, and details about the application timelines. The webinars are scheduled for Friday, 5th January at 10 am, and Monday, 8th January at 2 pm.
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What information will be required for the Application stage?
The information required for the Application stage involves a more comprehensive application form focusing on an organisation’s growth plans, development needs, and setting capacity-building objectives and measures for key results. A financial health check will also be conducted to gauge an organisation’s financial resilience.
Can I get any guidance with my Application Form?
Live Q&A webinars will be held for organisations invited to the application stage. During these sessions, we’ll thoroughly cover all questions on the application form and offer guidance on the most effective ways to complete it. This stage is designed as a guided process to enhance understanding of your organisation, its products/services, and its community impact.
The scheduled webinars are on Thursday, 8th February at 10 am, and Tuesday, 13th February at 2pm. We will be in touch with applicants who are selected for this stage with a link. In addition to this for those organisations invited to make an application we are able to provide 121 support if required.
What is the assessment process for each stage of the application process?
During the Expression of Interest stage, we assess applicants based on eligibility and how well their organisation fits the aims of the capacity building programme. Notifications about this stage’s outcome will be sent by Monday, February 5th.
Moving to the Application Stage, a more detailed assessment occurs. This will focus on organisational growth potential and alignment of development plans with your organisational goals. Organisations reaching this stage will receive the final decision by Friday, March 8th.
Will I get an acknowledgment of receipt of my application?
Yes, we will confirm receipt of your Expression of Interest and receipt of your Application Form if you are selected to progress to this stage.
How and at what point is the final decision made about the level or type of expert consultant support allocated to each organisation?
The plan for expert consultancy support will be discussed and agreed with applicants as part of the application form stage. The final package will be decided and communicated to the applicant at the start of the program.
My previous application to the Capacity Building was not successful, should I apply again?
Yes, We encourage applying again if you meet the eligibility criteria but recommend attending a Q&A webinar for guidance. Applications were most often unsuccessful due to challenges in articulating strategic growth plans alongside well-aligned financial planning.
Requirements for participants on the programme
How long does the programme run for?
12 months, starting from April 2024
How much time commitment is expected from organisations in order to participate in the programme/access the support?
This will vary based on your organisation’s needs and the type of consultancy services required. The £2,000 grant is intended to facilitate impactful engagement in the programme.
What are the reporting requirements for organisations on the programme?
We will work collaboratively with organisations to set capacity building objectives and agree on key result measures. Organisations will be asked to provide updates on their progress towards these agreed-upon objectives each quarter.