2018 NFA Focus & Funding Award Proposal

The purpose of the Focus & Funding awards are two-fold.

Firstly they are intended to encourage the community as a whole to focus resources and energy by making a collective decision to support a few initiatives each year. The decisions are made in a transparent and collective way using a participatory online voting process.

Secondly the awards are intended to provide seed funding to NFA members who have a project that if realised will provide community benefit. The project could benefit a particular niche or sector in the community or the whole community. We are keen to support projects that are one off projects that can be implemented within a specific timeframe as well as provide seed funding for ongoing projects.

Please use this form - questions below - to contribute your bright and brilliant project proposal to the NFA Community.
The form needs to be completed in one sitting as it is not possible to save a Google Form part of the way through. We strongly recommend that you copy the questions requiring a more considered response into a word processing file on your computer - that way you can save what you are writing and then copy your answer back into the form. We have made a copy of the questions here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dFO4CP9kg-oGuoSswWL6q66Nh_Sd06GRxSvMwJqxsgg/edit?usp=sharing Copy the text in to a file on your computer before responding to the questions.

There are maximum word counts in parts of the application form. The purpose of the word count is to give you a sense of how much you need to write and the opportunity to distill your proposal to the essential information. It also gives NFA members a succinct easy to read proposal document as your proposal may be one of many.

To get an accurate word count you can use word processing software - like Word or Pages or the online tool https://wordcounter.net/

You must be an NFA member or member organisation to apply for the NFA Focus and Funding Awards.

Proposals are due by Monday 5 February 2018 and will be sent via email to NFA members by Friday 9 February so they have time to read and reflect on the project - and even get in touch with you if they want to know more before they vote.

You must attend the Gather-In on Saturday 24 February 2018 in the Universal Hall to present your proposal. Depending on how many proposals we receive you will have between 3 and 5 minutes plus some time for questions to present your idea to those assembled. This way NFA members can read and hear about your project - and those who may not be able to attend the Gather-In will also know what you want to do.

If you ask for funding in the application, depending on how the NFA members vote your project could be awarded between £300 and £700. The funds will be available for use from 1 March 2018. Projects that are awarded funding need to agree to report to the NFA Council and Members on how the project is going and ideally have used the funds and reported on the project within 11 months (before the Gather-In 2019).

To encourage respect, collaboration and acknowledgement of work already being done in the community that may be similar to your idea please make sure you contact those community members and organisations who are already working in the same area.

If you are not keen on doing things online/on computers ask a techie friend to help you.
If after giving it a good go you still have problems completing this form please contact Ariane by email labyrintista@gmail.com

Thank you for putting forward your idea!
Dürten, Rowan & Ariane
Focus & Funding Awards Team

Email address *
Proposer *
Name of Organisation or Group
Skip this if you are an individual member
Your answer
Project Champion
This is probably you - if you're the person coming up with idea and are full of passion for it. This person will be the point of contact for the proposal process and also if the project receives an award.
Name *
Your answer
Phone Number *
The one you can most easily be reached on.
Your answer
Issue and Proposal
Proposal Title *
This is the title people will read in the booklet and notice boards and also how your presentation will be introduced. Come up with something that helps people immediately understand what your proposal is addressing.
Your answer
The Eight Leaf Ecovillage Model
Which leaf/domain does your project relate to?
The NFA Council has developed a model showing eight domains of focus radiating from a set of core principles. These principles are: Co-creative expression, Stillness, Inner listening and Service with God the One Spirit at the centre. With the understanding that these principles exist in all eight domains, choose the domain that your project is most closely relates to. You can see the model here: findhorn.cc/8leafmodel
Community related issue your project will address *
Describe in 75 words/500 characters or less, the issue your proposed project would address.
Your answer
Proposal *
Describe your proposed project that would address the issue. There is a maximum word count of approximately 500 words or 3099 characters. Yes this is short however it's good practice for us to convey our ideas powerfully and succinctly.
Your answer
Who Benefits?
Who benefits if your proposed project is carried out? *
All proposals if carried out need to directly benefit the NFA members community. We're using community in the widest sense of the word to include the nature communities as well as the humans. While we love projects that take place in other parts of the world, we are specifically seeking projects that support the NFA community in the area. Please describe who benefits. Approximately 150 words/1000 characters
Your answer
Request for Support
What kind of community support would you like? *
Give us a sense of the type of support you are seeking.
If you are seeking funds: What is the full cost for carrying out your proposed project?
You will need to email or provide a printed copy of your project budget. Please email it to NFA@findhorn.cc and with Proposal Title-Budget-Your Name in the subject line
Your answer
Do you want full or partial funding support from the NFA community?
How much are you requesting from the NFA community contribute?
Your answer
Project Timeline
Proposed Start Date *
When, ideally would you like to start the project?
Proposed Completion Date
When, ideally do you imagine the project to be completed? Put same date as start date if it is an on-going project that you'd like to see continuing on into the foreseeable future and beyond.
Agreement from Partnering Organisations, Groups or Individuals
If your proposal is contingent on other community organisations/groups saying yes, have you received their agreement?
For example - if your project is to take place on the Findhorn Hinterland, has the Findhorn Hinterland Trust said yes to the project?
Support and Accountability
Seeing a project through from that initial spark of inspiration to completion can be a challenge. Do you and your project have support?

A few trusted friends who can give you support and honest feedback as you go along, a steering committee, a board of directors from an existing organisation - are ways to have a support network. What is yours?

Have you set up a support network? *
If yes: Your Support Network
Briefly describe the support network / team that will help you accomplish the project in the timeframe you proposed.
Your answer
If no: Please tell us how you intend to ensure the project / initiative is carried out.
Your answer
Are you happy to be accountable to the NFA community?
If the NFA community select your project / initiative for NFA support you will be given the opportunity in simple ways to report to the community. This may be at a community meeting, a council meeting or in another form appropriate to the project.
If your project does not receive an award this time will you do the project anyway? *
The Gather-in
You will have 3-5 minutes to present your project proposal - the issue your project addresses and your proposal - why the project should receive NFA support. There will be time for the audience to ask questions.

If you are not an experienced presenter you can ask someone else to present on your behalf, however this is also a great opportunity gain presenting experience.

Please confirm that you are available present your proposal at the Gather-in on the 24 February? *
Presentation support workshop
If there is a desire for presentation support we will hold a 2hr presentation workshop sometime after 7 February. Would you come? If you select yes then before the 7 March prepare a presentation of between 3 - 5 minutes. If you're using slides - only use a few - maybe 4 - 6 at the most - and choose images rather than putting lots of words on the slides.
The Application Process
This Application Form
Please tell us what would make this form even better. Are there any questions that are missing?
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