What we call a project

A project, by definition, is a temporary activity with:

  •  A start date
  • Specific objectives, goals (key performance indicators) and conditions
  • Defined responsibilities for project managers and all involved in project delivery
  • A budget
  • A project delivery plan
  •  A fixed end date.

Therefore, your project should be easily identifiable as separate activity from what your organisation usually undertakes. Please remember that the HSCVF cannot fund the ongoing or core work of an organisation, so you must show us how your proposed project would be a completely new piece of work for your organisation or a significant development of your current work.

For example:

  • A project could aim to involve volunteers in a new and different way, or involve volunteers from a particular community or group (e.g. young men or people from an isolated rural area), who have not previously been involved in the organisation.
  •  A project could also aim to substantially change the structure or way that services are delivered.
  •  A project could develop or reproduce an innovative or successful way of working based on a previous trial or limited pilot activity.

Types of project activities that could be funded

  •  A short term initiative / campaign
  •  Pilot activity
  •  A new facet to an existing service e.g. new target group, new geographical delivery location
  • Match funding for an initiative with longer term potential
  • Kickstart funding for a new service area or job role linked to new activity
  •  Recruitment of new pool of volunteers to work on a new initiative / in a new geographical location
  • Training or awareness raising amongst existing volunteers e.g. around health inequalities / commissioning changes etc