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Weeknotes 26 (13th-17th May)

This has been a full and productive week — my inbox is a mess as a result. Sorry to anyone waiting for an email from me!

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THE book.
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One of the activity sheets.

What we’ve been doing

I’m continuing to work with 7 organisations on their proposals for our July 9th panel. All day on a Monday I do back to back calls with them, updating our shared Google doc as we go. It does feel so much more conversational working in this way, and avoids the applicant doing lots of unnecessary extra writing work as I can guide them on what I need to gather to make their case for funding.

What we’re learning

Over the last 6 weeks I have kept open a feedback survey for the Digital Fund and wanted to share more of what we’ve heard. The survey questions can be found here.

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Tom’s tweet.

What we’re celebrating

It feels really good to be starting the Discovery work with hospices. They’ve been waiting patiently for us to have the space to do this, and I really believe we could do something helpful for the sector using a more ecosystem approach to problem-solving.

Who works here? — an introduction each week from inside The National Lottery Community Fund

This week I’m introducing you to Beth, Portfolio Manager in the UK Portfolio, and luckily for us, she’s just moved across to join the Digital Fund.

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3 things you do in your role

  • Support organisations to navigate our funding processes, developing trust, transparency and real connections.
  • Work with people to develop their skills and confidence. Finding ways to help people thrive and being a good manager are very important to me.
  • Make sure we have the right tools and processes to work quickly, smartly and compassionately.

What are you working on that you’re inspired or excited by?

So so excited to be working with the brilliant Digital Fund team and looking ahead to how we share and cascade what we’ve learnt across the Fund, and beyond.

What is your burning question of the moment?

The demand for funding for digital projects and transformation is ENORMOUS. What can we offer alongside funding to make a bigger dent in the demand? Where are we most useful?

Run UK Portfolio at National Lottery Community Fund, Co-founder of the Point People, Policy Fellow IIPP, Founder Stewarding Loss, International Futures Forum.

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