DM Foundation to dish out grants

The DM Foundation, the charity fund created to advance the DM industry through supporting education, research and skills development, is calling for applications for its second round of grants.
Companies, organisations, educational institutes and individuals have until November 9 to apply for grants to support research and education initiatives.
In June, the DM Foundation awarded grants totalling £51,600 to finance four projects undertaken by the Institute of Fundraising, the New Technology Institute Birmingham, the Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing, as well as the DMA – a move which raised a few eyebrows.
The DM Foundation offers grants to finance non-commercial initiatives that benefit to the long-term development of direct marketing. Particular attention is paid to applications to fund research that provides wide-reaching insight into direct marketing trends and issues, and to support training and education courses or work placements that advance the skills of individuals working in the industry.
Applications for grants and bursaries are assessed by the DM Foundation’s board of trustees, which is headed by Rosemary Smith, managing director of RSA Direct and former DMA chair.
Smith says that the DM Foundation is looking to help new projects that have found it impossible to source funding from the market: “We encourage anyone seeking funding for an innovative scheme or initiative to apply for a grant. We’ve already supported new research and helped to finance new industry qualifications and educational programmes, which would have otherwise not been possible. If you have a strong idea, then we want to hear from you.”
The DM Foundation is also looking for a new trustee to join its board to represent youth and new entrants to the DM industry.
Applications for grants or to become a trustee can made via the DM Foundation’s website.

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