We were looking for possible forms of funding, donation matching possibilities that perhaps our pack of Beavers & Cubs could engage in to improve facilities within 1st Ramsey ((well you CAN dream can't you))!?
We found some excellent charity resources which may be of use to other scouting groups & community efforts.
One VERY important oversight is based on our use of modern technology (namely google maps) which lots of people mark in routes travelled...
Why can this cause a problem? ..well some charitable foundations are based on your proximity to them for example Locally we have the Mars (chocolate confectionary people) but Ramsey falls just outside of their distance for funding!
Google maps Ramsey to Peterborough postcode PE2 7BY to our location PE26 1DS is typically 14 miles ...no luck! we fall outside funding possibilities ...forget it!
BUT lets look again, the google map uses main roads, however if we use the term "As the crow flies" & plot a direct line (shortest route between us at postcode location PE26 1DS to Mars PE2 7BY our miles become far less ... 9.4 miles in fact! ..so just scraping in the area open to funding! ..offering a possible source of philanthropic assistance to ourselves.
for other examples try http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-is-it-between.htm
What we forget, unless we are about to plan a hike is that we plan travel by rads, it's only when we can look at a map properly that we can plan our own route (to cut down on the miles or to visit other things on the way)...
The charitable trust operates within 10 miles in all directions of Peterborough so of you put a big circle of 10 miles distance on a map it would cover far more areas than simply travelled by road.
This means we might have a chance to apply for funding to provide kit for our pack! ..we'll have to see!