grant fundraising

The Client

Guildford-based charity, Halow helps learning-disabled young people across Surrey to develop independence and prepare for a successful, fulfilling adult life. Every year the charity supports 170 young people through a range of educational, vocational and social activities. 

When we started working with the charity in 2018, income from grant-making foundations was low compared to other areas of fundraising – particularly compared to income from corporates and fundraising events. Capacity in the fundraising team was limited and the charity did not have a dedicated Trust Fundraiser. They decided to outsource their trust fundraising on a part-time basis and we were invited to tender for this work.


Why us?

After reviewing the work of a number of freelancers and consultants, Halow selected Fundraising Consultants Ltd because of our approach, extensive experience of trust fundraising, and our strong track history of working with small and medium-sized charities in Surrey. 

What difference did we make?

Working on a two day per week basis, Sarah began managing all the trust fundraising; including liaising with funders, funding applications and reports, and working with programme staff.  Over a two year period, grant income increased substantially and a number of first-time grants were secured from larger funders, including the Garfield Weston Foundation.  Income from longer-term donors increased and we successfully secured more unrestricted funding, reducing the charity’s over-reliance on restricted project grants. Two years on, Sarah and Charmaine are now working on a three day-per week basis, continuing the trusts work and providing support in other areas. This includes fundraising strategy, major donors and help to develop a legacy fundraising programme.


“Sarah joined Halow as an external consultant a couple of years ago, and has been an exceptional asset to our team. She is very professional and experienced and has managed our trusts work very successfully. The strategic advice has been hugely helpful and she is always a pleasure to work with.”
– Helene Williams, Fundraising Manager, Halow Project.