The power of face-to-face grant-making: Small grants in Hartlepool
This paper is based on the views of those who took part in these grant-making conversations. It highlights how these conversations allowed Tudor to understand more about the people they met, the communities they are part of and what they care about. It suggests that this approach made for a more proportionate and accessible experience for community groups, and recognises the difference that ‘small’ grants can make within communities. In addition, the experience of talking to a funder about their work and experiences offered added value – beyond money – to the groups.
The paper concludes by drawing on the experience and the findings to ask: what is required for this approach to grant making? Would it be possible, or even desirable, to do this again? What does this experience mean for Tudor’s broader grant making? And, might some of the lessons learnt here contribute to the wider conversation on how applying for grants can be a more positive and straightforward experience for applicants?