You’re almost there. Just a few more things to do before the launch!
We can help you wrap things up and make sure the results have a lasting effect.
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Report back to the funder
Some funders will want to know how you spent their money and if your project was a success.
How do you know if your project was a success?
Use the baseline information you collected at the beginning of your project and compare it to:
- The numbers and facts (e.g. number of new events and number of people at events)
- Ask your community if anything has changed
- Concrete results (e.g. the building is in good condition)
- Long-term results (e.g. the church is now open 6 days a week)
- Intangible results (e.g. new support network for older people)
Have things improved?
For some groups, it might take a least a year to really know if the project was a success.
Tell the funder what you have done and compare it to what you said you were going to do:
- What happened? What went well and what didn’t?
- Which of your objectives did you meet? Be honest.
- How much did your project actually cost? How did you pay for it?
- How will you keep your project going?
- Do you have any photos?
Some funders might only give you the last payment of the grant money when they receive the final report.
Plan for the future
Make sure your church and your project are still going strong in the next 10 years.
Celebrate your achievements and organise a launch event.
Get someone to cut a ribbon. Take photographs. Say thank you and invite:
- The funders and those who donated money
- Local dignitaries and your MP
- Everyone who volunteered or offered “in-kind” support
- The press
- Your bishop, archdeacon, and diocesan staff
Enjoy your new facility. Be proud of what you’ve achieved!