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Digital Fund Weeknotes 05 (3rd–7th December)

Ah, I hate breaking the consistency of Weeknotes, but with 1210 applications, and then being poorly on Friday trying to fight off getting properly flu-sick, there’s been a slight delay.

What we are doing

It’s got to that point where *all* we are doing is reading applications as my Tweet at the beginning of the week highlighted. With 1210 applications to get through there is little time for much else!

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Digital Fund team day

Even though we are buried under a mountain of applications, it was still important to carve out time for our first team day. It was the first time we had all met in person — Amy arrived from Cardiff, Cath and Joel from Newcastle, David from Birmingham and Billy and I from the London office. Tom and John are also part of the team at the moment but that’s all changing in the new year — though Tom still joined us for much of the day.

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The Typeform link is — https://beingafunder.typeform.com/to/sYYspE
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What we are learning

About the team

  • We have some racial diversity in the Digital Fund team, but not enough (although I have to say the wider Big Lottery Fund team is very racially diverse)
  • We have good diversity in terms of age — an almost even mix of people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50's.
  • We have good diversity in terms of class too — we nearly all went to state school and half of us were the first people in our family to go to university.
  • Within the team we also have people with care responsibilities (beyond parental ones), people managing health conditions, and a few of us don’t identify as heterosexual.

About Grant Making

Back to the grant making — we’ve had people get in touch who are disappointed in the decisions we are making. It’s *hard* saying no to people— and yes I know it’s harder for them, but this isn’t a competition. Saying no to any organisation, if you think what they’re doing is important, necessary and making a difference, but doesn’t fit in to the funding criteria, is hard.

What we’re celebrating

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Team Christmas lunch.
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Written by

Senior Head, UK Portfolio at The National Lottery Community Fund & Co-founder of the Point People. Previously Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone.

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