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Is your fundraiser right for a micro sponsorship?

debbie&andrew’s support is aimed at local or grass root fundraisers for whom even a small injection of cash could make a significant difference. We are calling this support a ‘micro sponsorship’. Awards can range from £50 to £1000 in cash, plus free product for use in charity meals or barbecues.

Lots of projects and organisations have already benefitted, we are really proud to be associated with all this fantastic fundraising:

  • The Addington Fund, creating breakfast events to help local farmers build business networks
  • Helping the oldest charity shop Imago in Tunbridge Wells, who help communities become stronger
  • Helping a rural Welsh village become a community again with the Llanwyddn Music Festival

To see all the other projects, click here!

Any fundraiser in aid of local activities and communities and which brings ‘A Real Taste of the Country’ to life can qualify. So long as the money raised is for a good cause that is supported locally and embodies country-inspired activities, skills, crafts, values or ideas.

It could be raising money for local team kits; refurbishing the sports pavilion; maintaining a local park or landmark; setting up a gardening club; buying school equipment; building an animal sanctuary; launching community cooking courses; repainting the church hall; promoting the village fete; holding a street party; staging a music concert or arts festival or creating a local support network.For fundraisers like these, debbie&andrew’s micro sponsorship scheme is here to help.debbie&andrew’s ethos is to support rural values and the countryside. This is not just by making sausages that provide ‘A Real Taste of the Country’. It also includes sourcing the best quality meat from British farmers for their delicious sausages plus ensuring these farms meet good welfare standards. Beyond this again, it means supporting projects that promote rural values and community life.

 

Does your project qualify?

Any small or grass roots project that has local community support can apply. Awards will be made based on the reach and relevance of the fundraiser and the scope of the money given to optimise the money raised. Each application should therefore demonstrate a good base of local support and provide a clear proposal for how the funds are to be spent. Applications on behalf of established charities or organisations are welcome, so long as it is submitted by the local organisers and the micro sponsorship is spent on the fundraising activity and not given direct to the charity.

 

Micro sponsorship awards

Each successful applicant will receive a cheque of up to £1000 to be used within a year of the award. In addition, up to £50 of debbie&andrew’s produce can be provided for use in activities such as fundraising or networking meals, launch events or social activity to promote the cause. As micro sponsorships, debbie&andrew’s require applications to indicate how the micro sponsorships will be recognised and acknowledged.

 

Assessors

The Awarding panel will be made up of representatives from debbie&andrew’s plus (where relevant) a representative from partner organisations or media involved in promoting the micro sponsorships.For more information and the terms and conditions for nominating your project, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Highland-Russia Connection Charity, based in Nairn, promotes Scottish culture in Russia and Russian culture in Scotland. It runs dance groups for children, organises entertainment and exhibitions as well as displays and talks for schools and local community groups. It is delighted to announce it has been awarded a debbie & andrew's micro-sponsorship for use in support of its Commonwealth Ceilidh celebration on 21st June in Nairn.

This award is for £500 of seed funding and includes £30.00 worth of free debbie & andrew's sausages to help with fund raising events. The Commonwealth Ceilidh coincides with the Get Scotland Dancing project, with Ceilidhs being staged all around the world on the 21st June 2014. Dances have been specially choreographed to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, using local talents with the many Commonwealth people resident in the area.

To add flavour to the event, the organisers are providing food and the debbie & andrew’s sausages will be an excellent addition to the meal. Our Ceilidh is to be held in the Royal British Legion, Nairn and the sausages will be barbecued, weather permitting! With dancing, food, and the Commonwealth games to celebrate, this will be a great event providing the opportunity for the whole community to get together with old acquaintances and meet new friends. The event is free and open to all, but is limited by tickets due to size of the venue. To add to the spectacle and contribute to the international atmosphere, attendees are asked to wear their national costume, if possible.

The photo shows the dancers and performers with the Rafford church Committee members, and was taken at the latest fundraising event held in Rafford Hall on 9th May. More pictures from the night are available on the Facebook page here.

The annual open gardens day at Little Ouseburn near Harrogate aims to raise money for the local historic buildings fund. This year the event raised £6,400, partly due to a seed funding award from debbie & andrew’s microsponsorship scheme. Organiser Ann Gawthrope said that this year was a ‘resounding success’ and ‘the best open day in over a decade thanks to the contribution from debbie & andrew’s’. Besides providing £500 to help organise and promote the event, debbie & andrew’s also provided free sausages for the fund raising barbeque and food stands.

The funds go towards supporting the historic buildings in and around Little Ouseburn, including an Anglo Saxon Church, Grade 1 listed Mausoleum (pictured) and the Victorian Village Hall. As with all historic buildings there are often repairs due, including much needed work on the roof of the village hall and redecorating the entrance plus adding new curtains to make it more appealing as a venue to hire. At the Anglo Saxon church, the aim is to build some kitchen units in the bell tower to facilitate a broader use of the church within the village and to offer coffee after church services.

Every year the village throws open the gates to its gardens and puts on a fantastic show for all the family. In 2014 this included a special childrens activity garden to encourage young gardeners and to celebrate the Tour de France having a stage in Yorkshire. There was also a vintage car display, tombola, plant sale, book stand, barbecue featuring debbie & andrew’s sausages and plenty of delicious homemade cakes.

debbie & andrew’s Harrogate 97% Pork Sausages are ideal for a big community event like this. They are wheat, dairy and gluten free and therefore easily tolerated by people with food sensitivities, so everyone can tuck in.

The Maldon Festival is now in its seventh year of entertaining audiences from across the region, offering an outstanding variety of music and performance. Just in time for the 2014 season (21st June to 5th July), the Festival is delighted to announce it has been awarded a debbie & andrew's micro-sponsorship. debbie & andrew’s sausages promise ‘a real taste of the country’. Their commitment to the countryside goes beyond using only the best British meat in their products to include this micro-sponsorship scheme, designed to support rural communities and countryside projects.

Maldon Festival Director Colin Baldy commented, “we are very grateful for debbie & andrew’s support, stepping in at the last moment to provide vital funding to support our Jazz workshop and concert and helping with our fund raising activities”. A recent debbie & andrew’s micro-sponsorships generated a 500% return on the initial seed funding for their causes.

Micro-sponsorship helps seed fund raising activities

Highland Brass is currently the only brass band in the Highlands providing performance opportunities for talented amateur musicians. With players from as far afield as Nairn, Speyside, Ullapool and Sutherland, the group aims to widen interest in brass music across the Highlands by arranging performances throughout the region. Set up in August, the first concerts were planned over the Christmas period, thanks to funds from debbie & andrew’s micro-sponsorship scheme. This scheme was set up to provide starter funds to help set up rural community projects.

Micro-sponsorship helps seed fund raising activities

As the 100th anniversary of World War One draws closer, the Friends of Ellington Park, Ramsgate hope to transform their local park into a sea of red leafed and flowering plants to reflect the poppies in Flanders Field. Kent based debbie & andrew’s is delighted to announce this project has won one of its micro-sponsorships.