Monday, January 11, 2016

Grant details

Hey everyone! More good news!

We have already generated several great ideas in their early stages for what to do with the $1000 donation. Even better, all of the ideas so far have been focused on benefits to our community! That being said, if you wish to submit an idea, please know that you must show not only the "what" but also the "how" for your idea... for example:

Perhaps my idea is to use the money to buy a house for the community to use as a gathering space. I may have a lot of good ideas for how to use the house, how to fix it up, and when it will be done by; however, unless I can show that the owner of the house (be it the city or a private owner) will actually sell the house to the non-profit, then my idea is useless because it is incomplete.

From our last post...
"Keep in mind, a good idea will have the following characteristics:

1) The idea will benefit everyone at Fireweed. We have been specifically asked to use the money in this way 
2) It will be a fully formed idea. The amount of time and elbow grease it takes to complete should be included in the proposal along with an explanation of where the elbow grease will come from
3) It will be reasonable based on the budget of $1000."

Please do not submit an idea that is only 90% complete the day before the deadline (Jan 31st). But also, don't be afraid to ask for help! We want ALL  of the ideas, because even if they don't work for THIS grant, they may work in the future. We want to know what you want to see happen, even if it is a little lofty. One great way to generate ideas and fill in the missing pieces is to submit an idea to the public ( via Facebook etc.) and ask other people to run with your idea. Someone might have information you were missing. That's the beauty of community.

I must once again emphasize that ideas that don't explain how the $1000 covers the costs of said idea are INCOMPLETE and can't be considered for this grant. That doesn't mean that the $1000 has to cover 100% of all costs, but if that is the case, then the idea should detail where the rest of the money is going to come from.

Keep throwing ideas out there, and start writing a detailed plan. They are due January 31st so that we can all decide which idea to pick in a timely manner.