Maker Town Hall Microgrant Application
Maker Town Halls are an opportunity to convene key stakeholders in your community to discuss the role of the Maker Movement as it relates to areas such as education, entrepreneurship, workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalization and community-based problem solving. Getting different stakeholders together to talk about the Maker Movement can be a way to develop new collaborations, partnerships and initiatives that can help grow the ecosystem that is supporting the Maker community in your city/region.

Nation of Makers, with support from Cognizant and in partnership with the Maker City Project, is awarding up to ten (10) microgrants ranging from $500-$1,000 to support the development, execution, and outcomes of Maker Town Halls across the country. We hope that these seed grants will support YOUR community in starting a lasting conversation that will lead to new projects, partnerships and measurable impacts of the Maker Movement within your region.

The deadline to apply for a microgrant is June 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Regions chosen to receive microgrants will be announced during the National Week of Making (June 16-22, 2017).

Important things to note:

* Up to ten (10) organizing teams will be selected to receive a microgrant from Nation of Makers for Maker Town Halls.
* Communities that have not previously hosted a Maker Town Hall before, and smaller cities/towns/communities just getting started in building their Maker City ecosystem are encouraged to apply for these microgrants.
* Grantees that receive funding may receive partial or full funding of their request.
* Grantees must have active 501(c)(3) status and be in good standing with the IRS.
* Grantees are expected to hold their events within nine (9) months of the announcement (no later than March 16, 2018)

Grantees will share information about their Maker Town Hall within the first six (6) months after the event in the following 3 (three) ways:
- Writing an article detailing the event to be featured on the Nation of Makers Medium publication and potentially other media outlets
-Open sourcing the agenda, planning documents, and feedback that could be helpful to other cities/regions that want to plan their own Maker Town Halls
-Providing a briefing about the event during a subsequent community call and/or Nation of Makers convening

The selection process for microgrants will be based on several different factors which include: 1) Clarity of goals and plans for the Maker Town Hall; 2) Depth of post-event plans; 3) Diversity of community stakeholders involved; 4) Geographical diversity.

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