Measuring Impact

Applicants that are awarded a grant are required to report on the impact of the project. This is often called “monitoring and evaluation” and is really important for a number of reasons. When you complete your online application form, you will be asked to identify an IMPACT area. Within each area there is a range of possible outcomes – you will be required to select up to 3 as part of your application process. Having selected what outcomes you are going to report on, you will then be required to measure the delivery of your targeted outcomes against a set of indicators. Click here to view the list of outcomes and indicators.

When you are notified of your successful grant, we will include a link to the online grant monitoring form, which will show you what outcomes and indicators you need to report on.

This enables us to learn more about the impact and benefit of our grants on local communities which, helps us to improve our grantmaking. It also provides us with important feedback for our fundholders on the outcomes that their support has delivered, in turn encouraging them to continue providing that support.

The impact made in our local area is significant. People’s lives are changed by the support given to them by our fundholders. Read our Impact Report 2018, which shares insights into the value and difference that donations and grants make to our communities. Linking to our grant priorities, as identified in Cumbria Revealed, the report is based on completed end of grant reports from funded groups and individuals and features infographics and case studies.  The full statistics on which the report is based are available here.