Here are the practical process suggestions and feedback we received from the Round 2 groups.
The application form – it lets you say what you wanted to say, rather than forcing a narrative into it; open; straightforward
Pace – helping small groups get off the ground
Value of feedback – appreciate being asked for more information to support application after first submitted, plus that feedback is given to those who were unsuccessful
Getting to meet other groups – there are not many opportunities for this; it would be great if this could continue, and to share some resources
Flexibility in eligibility
Things to improve on:
Saturday afternoon meeting (difficult in terms of childcare) – is there a way of collaborating about timing the meeting?
There was a suggestion that we remove names of groups in the shortlisting process to reduce the possibility of a conflict of interest; (current conflict of interest policy asks that people declare any interest and cannot be part of decision on that application)
More notice on when a funding round will be. This would also help with scheduling in when to help with the shortlisting process.
We had loads of amazing suggestions about how to grow Redistro:
Merchandise such as T-shirts that people are sent when they make a donation. This would have the Redistro name and website on it, further raising the profile of Redistro.
Is there scope to gain funding from companies in Bristol (with the caveat that there are ethical issues and the possibility of strings attached)?
Keep the profile of Redistro going year-round, with a good social media presence.
Create networks of trust for people to learn about Redistro; (people said that they heard about Redistro through their own trusted friends and networks, and so knew it was a good grant to apply for).
And how to support grassroots support better:
Regular 'networking' events, especially after the pandemic, to build connection and bring Redistro further into people's awareness.
Thinking about not just redistribution of money, but redistribution of other things such as spaces that people can use, skill-sharing, courses, and skills specific to applying for funding such as writing grant applications.
A process where groups can say what they need and then Redistro can go about trying to source it (more processes of mutual aid).
Support sessions as well as money e.g. shared afternoon to ask an accountant questions – something we cannot afford as individual groups but achievable when pooled.
Possible other topics around governance, comms and marketing (maybe Redistro would be interested in this too!)
Community (as well as funding) – people described it already feels like there is community, but this is not something that was clear from application information. It’s a good thing, a suggestion to make it clearer.