Definitions - A to C
Accountability - Deciding on ways to make sure decisions made by groups are recorded, easily understood and can be justified.
Acknowledgment - Recognition of individuals or organisations who were either directly responsible for writing the document or on whose work the ideas were drawn with permission.
Acting - Carrying out the plan to solve the problem or issue.
Action plan - A document which keeps you on track as you work towards your agreed goals and which explains your steps and their effect to others (including the rest of the community, and potential funding bodies).
Action - Doing things, implementing strategies.
Advocate - A person or group who supports and speaks on behalf of a group or individual.
Aims - The results you want to work towards. Also called 'goals'.
Acquitting - The process that needs to occur after you have received a grant and completed the funding project. It involves reporting to the funding body the details of how the funds were spent and what was achieved.
Assessment - A formal or informal way of checking what has happened.
Auspicing organisation - An organisation that acts on your group's behalf in legal and financial arrangements with the funding body. Groups who are not incorporated can often apply for funding if their grant is auspiced by an organisation that is incorporated.
Capacity - The combined effect of resources, skills and commitment which is used to address problems and take opportunities.
Capital grant - Made to an organisation for a major item of capital expenditure, such as the construction of a building. Although many trusts and foundations specifically exclude such appeals, there are exceptions.
Challenge grant - A grant made with in-built goals, 'if you achieve this, you will receive this amount'. These are more difficult to achieve in the artistic and cultural fields. The term can also refer to fund-raising eg. a private foundation matching dollar for dollar contributions from the local community.
Communication networks - A group of individuals or organisations, which regularly keep each other informed of issues of common interest.
Communication skills - Includes the self confidence to speak to groups of people, being able to really listen to others with respect and being able to get your point of view across without upsetting others.
Community action - Things that are done by community members with their community rather than through government service provision.
Community capacity building/development - A way of working that increases the capacity and the level of control that people living in communities have over their future.
Community champions - Community members interested in and committed to working for the good of their community.
Community consultation - Where the community is asked its opinion on or for input into a proposal.
Community development - The development and use of a set of ongoing structures that assist the community to meet its own needs.
Community diversity - The range of different people and groups within a community, each with varying skills, experiences and cultural heritage.
Community entry - Making links and developing relationships with community members.
Community mobilisation - Developing community action around community issues.
Community priorities - The issues of most importance to communities.
Community process - The way things are done in a community.
Community snapshot - A way of gathering and recording information about the resources, skills and commitment in a community.
Community values - The underlying attitudes and beliefs in a community from which most community culture grows.
Community-based action - Things that are done by community members with their community rather than government service provision.
Comparative need - When you weigh up the needs of two or more groups/ideas/issues to determine which is more needy or which has the most urgent needs etc.
Conditional grant - Conditional grants involve one grant-maker seeking the involvement of others by making their grant of a part of the project funds conditional upon the remainder being available from other sources. Proof of the conditional offer can be used in seeking funding elsewhere, or to raise a loan for the balance of the funds sought.
Criteria - The rules and standards under which a grant operates. The guidelines state what kind of activities and groups can be funded. The people assessing the grants use these guidelines to help them make their decision. Also called 'guidelines'.
Cultural difference - Differences in attitudes, beliefs, manners and other characteristics that may develop from different cultural backgrounds.
Cultural safety - Making sure cultural difference is respected.