Reaching out to Trusts and Foundations
FHL’s new ‘Trusts and Foundations’ Manager, Mick Boyle, has been in post for almost 6 months, working two days a week from his home near Stockport. Mick has excellent credentials having secured funding in excess of £400,000 to support renovations to his local parish church and a further £326,000 of European funding to support two education projects.
To be a ‘Trust Fundraiser’ requires a significant amount of work identifying grant giving bodies whose aims match those of the charity looking for funding. Mick has made significant progress in this area and is now working on developing relationships to optimise our chances of successful applications. Happily, the first quarter of this year has seen some early success and decisions are expected shortly on several further applications.
Mick says, “This is a hugely enjoyable process and I’m finding the staff at grant giving bodies extremely helpful – it’s very rewarding to be an active part of FHL. I first became aware of FHL when my wife, Lynn, now the FHL diocesan co-ordinator for Chester, and I, were trying to find a way to support a Palestinian Christian Guide and his young family. Whatever we tried to do, or whomever we approached, we ended up down alleyways with doors well and truly bolted at the end of them. That was until we discovered FHL and witnessed first-hand how working with them meant it was possible to help a Christian family in Bethlehem. Ever since, I’ve been a passionate supporter of the organisation and the causes it champions.”