East Midlands Funding Advice Network (EMFAN)

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In March 2013, One East Midlands commissioned South West Forum (SWF) to conduct an evaluation of the project.

Across the length of the project, EMFAN has consistently supported local funding advice networks (FANs) across the region, connecting with all the local groups and encouraging their development where they had not previously existed, including in Northamptonshire where thanks to the support of the project their FAN is now one of the strongest in the region.

The EMFAN project has delivered a wide range of events and training sessions to meet the needs of funding advisers and to keep them up to date with current changes in the funding landscape for VCS. In addition the project has delivered OCN accredited training courses in funding advice aimed at new and existing funding advisers.

Throughout the project participant feedback on the events has been extremely positive, with 100 percent of respondents to the project evaluation, carried out by SWF, stating that they have gained new skills or knowledge from their attendance at the events, with 42 percent of those having gained significantly. 42 percent of the respondents also stated that the regional network events, accredited training and workshops organised by the EMFAN project were its most valued services, closely followed by local funding advisor meetings with 40 percent.

Although the EMFAN project has now come to an end, the independent evaluation of the project highlighted some very positive outcomes and provided a fair assessment of the impact the project has made.  It also clearly demonstrates there is still demand for knowledge and information and peer learning and highlights the import role local Funding Advice Networks play in supporting peer learning and networking. Some legacy of the EMFAN project will continue through One East Midlands’ Reach & Impact project which is funded by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and match funded by the BIG Lottery Fund, which supports funding advisers increase their skills and knowledge in order to support VCS organisations access ERDF funding.

The EMFAN project ends on 1 September 2013 and One East Midlands would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved and inputted into the project over the last 4 years. From 1 September 2013, we are pleased to say that One East Midlands have decided to continue the EMFAN monthly news bulletin and will continue to host the Fanoogle directory.

For further information on the EMFAN evaluation visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/emfanfinalevaluation.

To access Fanoogle visit www.fanoogle.org.uk.

EMFAN produces a monthly e-bulletin, full of news and events aimed directly at funding advisors. To sign up to the e-bulletin email info@emfan.org.uk. To read the latest issue click here. If you are having difficultly downloading this e-bulletin please email our Information & Membership Officer at information@one-em.org.uk who will be able to assist you.