Applying for funding, part 1
We had many ideas regarding funding options but mainly we decided to go for applying for government funds. The primarily reason for that was that we wanted to create an open independent platform without ownership that made us blindfolded or demanded commercialization of the open library we wanted to create.
- The project is not good* enough.
- The project is unsuitable for the fund where you apply.
- The idea is not described in clear way in text (application), speech (presentation/pitch) or/and visual shape (graphic design of application/presentation or process descriptions).
- the funders don’t feel confident about that you could carry out the project in a good ways.
- Develop the idea, develop again, and again! understand (what, how, when, where, who and why). Could you describe the project in one sentence?
- Check the goals for the fund. Is the project corresponding to the focus areas of the fund?
- Work hard on describing the project in a clear and good way. If you yourself understand your project idea it becomes much easier to write the application. (see my ideas about the seven starting points.
- Be good at describing and be sure to find out WHY you would be competent enough to carry the project out!
- Problem (what)
- Vision (what, why)
- Target group (who, why)
- Motivation (why?)
- Competences (what?)
- Partners (who, what, how?)
- Solution (where, how, what, who, when), this last one has to be built upon the other starting points!
This is an illustration that illustrates the Starting Points as a part of the process.
- Map up and understand the underlying problems (problem mapping)
- Understand and map up the visions. What do you want to achieve?
- Understand your drive and what motivates you in the project
- Understand your competences and what you are good at, your role in the project (which skills you lack)
- Map up the needs for partners or funding. (are you lacking skills or funding to be able to carry out the project?)
- Who is the target group, do you understand them and what they want? Is the solution relevant to them does it solve their problems?
- Explore Possible places methods and tools to carry out the project and go from problem to vision. This is the actual solution.
Posted by: Ola Möller
Categories: Behind the scenes