8 tips for launching your community project
Clare Morris, founder of For Brian CIC, gives some tips for getting your community idea off the ground.
- Go around, not through
You will come up against brick walls. Try to go around them, rather than knocking your head on it.
- Start with baby steps
Identify the smallest change that would make a significant difference and start with that.
- Be patient
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Be patient. Throw things out there and see what germinates.
- Consider formalising the organisation
Becoming a company gives you access to funds sole traders cannot apply for. For us, becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC) has opened doors.
- Be open with funders and be ready to learn
Be honest about what you know but also what you need help with. I had a lot of support from the London Community Foundation to help me learn about applying for grants. Go to funders’ fairs and workshops and gather as much knowledge as you can.
- Talk about your ideas
It helps you formulate and hone your ideas.
- Be resilient
Learn to live with the fact that it isn’t going to be plain sailing all the time. We all start with varying skill sets. The penny will always drop in a different order for different people.
- Don’t be afraid of working with others
No one is an island, and no one is the answer to everyone’s dreams. Together people are stronger.
Do you need funding for your community project? Hammersmith United Charities’ next deadline for grant applications is 24 September 2021. Find out more about our grant programme here.