Wow! We were so pleased with the turnout for last night’s 2018 Haile Fellowship Information Session. Thanks to all who were in attendance. If you couldn’t make it, we documented responses from the Q&A, and streamed the session on Facebook Live.
Q: How many applicants are chosen for interviews?
A: There’s no set number of finalists selected for interviews. That decision is left solely to the jurors. Also, the interview process is informal, so save your best business formal wear. This is an opportunity for jurors and previous fellows to meet you face-to-face and for you to present your idea in person.
Q: Can I apply for a grant if I live outside the 275 Beltway rule?
A: Unfortunately not. The 275 Beltway rule is part of IRS regulations we must follow.
Q: How specific does the budget need to be in our application?
A: The best way to tackle your budget for the application is using percentages. You’re more than welcome to provide line item dollar amounts, but we understand your budget might change.
Q: How does using graphs, pictures and tables affect our word count on the application?
A: The application only allows for text. There’s an option for two attachments, one of which will be a resume.
Q: How does the tax liability translate for Fellows?
A: We grant fellowships to individuals—not organizations—so at the end of the year, you’ll receive a 1099. Ultimately, you’ll be responsible for keeping good records. We suggest consulting a tax professional for any tax related questions.
Q: Can we include hyperlinks in our application?
A: Hyperlinks won’t be accessible through you application but you’re welcome to include the content from the link as an attachment. Keep in mind volunteers—in their free time—are reading your application.
Q: Can I apply for the Haile Fellowship with a team of people?
A: Potential Fellows can only apply as individuals, but you can certainly hire a team to help with any work you’ll need help completing. PL offers Globe Grants and Project Grants for anyone who would like to apply as a team—a team equalling one team leader and up to two additional team members.
Q: Is there a measure of success? Will someone tell us if we’ve done well/poorly?
A: Yes, though self-determined. You will know if you’ve accomplished what you set out to do.
Q: If we have five great ideas, can we apply five times?
A: Pick one. Multiple applications from the same applicant will result in a disqualification. We invite you to schedule a one-on-one for additional guidance and figure out a best fit.
Q: PL says it invests in people. Which carries more weight, the person or the idea?
A: Both. A great idea without the person able to execute is only a great idea. The interview will help us determine commitment level, skill set, etc.
Q: What if my idea requires more or less than $100K?
A: Your budget in your application should be $100K. A one-on-one with a PL team member could be beneficial in figuring out if your idea is a good fit for the Haile Fellowship.
Q: It seems like past Fellows have provided a program or service. Would you fund a product?
A: Possibly. It depends on your goals and the goal of the product. Is your product purely commercial, or does it give back to the community in some way? These are questions that help inform the jury’s decision.
Q: What is the commitment for Fellows to the Haile Foundation and People’s Liberty?
A: Go and be great. Everything you create is yours. Our main goal is supporting you during the time you’re with us, which we hope is beyond the grant period.
Q: What does support look like post Fellowship?
A: Once a PL grantee, always a PL grantee. There’s a real sense of community, accountability and access in this place. That includes work space, meeting space and event space for as long as PL exists as well as opportunities to collaborate with fellow PL alumni. Often grantees connect for field trips, movie nights, dinners and other opportunities to build a kinship with one another.
Thanks again to everyone who attended the 2018 Haile Fellowship Information Session. Have additional questions? Visit our website to learn more about applying for People’s Liberty Grants, or schedule a one-on-one with a team member.