Saturday, 15 January 2011

Matched Funding

Yes, those two words rear their ugly head. For those who don't know exactly what it means basically it's a situation where the local authorities will provide money for an activity so long as that amount is matched by other parties (such as charities etc).

I went to a meeting at the local mental health unit on Friday about a music group. There is a small local studio and they run courses on music production and such like. Now we have knowledge of this studio as Jr attended a short course there last year and I can say, hand on heart, that all the people involved at the studio could not possibly have done a better job of making nervous people comfortable and happy. Frankly the care and love these 'amateurs' showed puts many people who actually work in mental health to shame but that's another issue.

So the situation is this – there is funding for a 6-8 week course if matching funding for another similar period can be arranged. This involves the people wanting to do the course applying for various funding and waiting to see what happens, all for a few extra weeks. Whilst there will no doubt be learning through this process the people involved are naturally wary of what they will have to do and rather frightened of getting it wrong. All this stress for 8 weeks extra.

We're not talking about a lot of money here (£100-£150 pw all in) and I think it would be fantastic if this group could be turned into a permanent thing as it will be of major help to all involved, so here is my idea...

Do you know anyone involved with music or anything related who might like to fund the group? I know times are very hard and there's not really much on offer in return regarding advertising or anything as the conditions of the people involved mean it would be rather private. I'm not to proud to beg for these guys and that is basically what this post is. Surely someone, somewhere would be willing and able to help these youngsters for such a comparatively paltry sum that could make such a difference. This is completely legitimate, and the group is being set up with the assistance of the local mental health unit and will be arranged in a legal and proper way. I'm no accountant but surely someone could do it in a 'tax efficient' way, at least you'd know that every penny was being used for a good cause. Or if anyone has any ideas of groups that might be approachable regarding this please make a comment to let me know.

Any help at all with this would be incredibly appreciated and make a genuine difference to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.



  1. if i could i would esse
    hope it all works out

  2. Hi Mongo.

    Thanks for your good wishes. Might just possibly be getting somewhere as a couple of people have been kind enough to suggest contacts they have who may be able to either help or suggest an avenue to try.

    I've always believed in "Don't ask, don't get" so I'm off to write a couple more begging emails!


  3. Are you still looking for funding or is it too late. I have a good contact with someone from the Strummerville association and have asked him Not promising but you never know!