The Inspire Foundation is a unique organisation providing funding and life skills development assistance to young Cantabrians who possess unwavering commitment, determination and who show passion and skill in their field. With over 120 hundred grants already handed out in their 4 year history, the recipients have proven to be incredibly varied in talent, ranging from the arts to academia to sport.
As the next generation of sports heroes and global game changers reach the edge of greatness and before they achieve public success and support, there are very few options available to individuals to gain assistance.
The team at Inspire wanted to promote themselves and attract as many applications as possible. However the grant application process was manual and laborious for both prospective grantees and those at Inspire who were charged with assessing and approving them.
Grantees were required to complete a handwritten form which was then photocopied and key information shared amongst assessors and domain experts via spreadsheets. This process was tedious and was going to be a barrier if they were to achieve their goal of scaling their organisation.
We needed to bite if off in chunks. Logically getting the applications online and into an electronic format had to be first on the list.