October marks the end of a nine month partnership with the Foundation for Common Land. We began working with the Foundation earlier this year, as they prepared for a major fundraising campaign. With a major grant from National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded at Round 1, they faced a challenge familiar to many charities – a race to secure the match funding in time for the Round 2 submission from trusts and foundations.

The project in question is Our Common Cause – a £2.7m national programme of investment in Common Land, its landscape and communities. The project brings together c.20 partners in different locations and with different aims and areas of interest. It also aims to do things differently: to engage with new audiences, to develop new skills within the farming community, and to broker new partnerships between different communities and organsiations with stakes in upland areas.

Over the nine months we worked closely with the Project Manager, Director and wider team, to prepare and submit major applications to trusts and foundations for support. Targets were ambitious and there was much to fine tune, to ensure the complex programme of activity was clear, and that the potential funders could see not only the direct impact of the work proposed, but also the potential for a longer-term change in approach. Careful preparations and approaches have ensured a fantastic outcome for this trailblazing client:

The Foundation for Common Land instructed Tarnside to help raise over £500K match funding for a complex multi partner pan England Heritage Fund project. Frances quickly got to grips with the project and guided us through the process with professionalism and focus. Tarnside drafted our grant bids and worked closely with us to hone bids to a range of partners and grant giving trusts.

We are delighted with the outcome having exceeded our target by a significant margin. Tarnside also provide immensely good value. We highly recommend them to others.

Julia Aglionby, Director