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 email@example.com
Thank you for putting forward your idea!LoveDürten, Rowan & Ariane Focus & Funding Awards Team
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?
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.