Graft would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have funded us – in particular the Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme. Big Lottery have funded Graft for 5 years and have helped us to support over 500 people to improve their employability and to have better chances in life.
Big Lottery have also provided funding to help Graft develop it’s sustainability programme – helping us to continue delivering our services for 10 years.
In 2013 Graft secured a place at the innovative School for Social Entrepreneurs. This amazing and forward thinking programme supports individuals with both entrepreneurial flare and a social mission to access advice and support to scale up their businesses. A grant payment is made to organisations to enable their entrepreneur to attend a programme of training and development throughout the year. Graft’s student in the 2013/14 intake is Hazel Wright.
Through Berkshire Community Foundation, Graft has received funding from SAGE. This funding is supporting a number of beneficiaries with very limited literacy skills to search and apply for jobs. Today’s job market is almost exclusively promoted on-line and for people with limited reading ability this is a huge barrier. Graft works with individuals to up-skill them so they are able to carry out basic job searching activities independently.
In the 10 years we have been in business, Graft has delivered a number of projects funded through the European Social Fund, both as a sub contracted partner in large projects and as a sole small grant holder via the ESF Community Grants programme. This funding is often the only way for charities to obtain funds to test new and innovative ways of reducing unemployment amongst hard to reach groups and to work with these groups to improve their employability, their social inclusion and their community engagement.