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Grassroots Grants Evaluation


SERIO were commissioned in January 2011 to evaluate Grassroots Grants, a small grant giving programme, administered by the Devon Community Foundation.

The programme has given grants worth nearly £1.5 million to a wide range of community groups over the past three years.

The research will include surveys of successful and unsuccessful grant applicants, exploring the success factors for winning grants and the impacts this money has had on local communities. These will also include a section looking how community organisations would have coped without the funding and what innovative approaches they may have taken. A short survey of the panel members who allocated the grants will also be conducted, as well as the collection of illustrative case studies, and an analysis of the programme's monitoring data.

As well as evaluating the programme's achievements, the final report will also be accompanied by a think-piece, putting the scheme in the context of wider changes in Government policy and the latest thinking on small grant giving.

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