The following are questions and answers from our Project Grant Information Session held on September 12.
You can access the full presentation here.
Once you submit your application, will you get an email to confirm it was received?
Yes, once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation.
Can you pay artists or people who will be helping you do work on the project?
Yes, you can use part of the grant to pay people for their services in relation to your project, including artists.
What’s the method for the jurors to make the decisions? What’s the criteria?
Jurors look to the following criteria when reviewing a grant application. Project Grant proposals should:
be completed within 6 months
be distinctive and innovative
solve a problem or seize an opportunity
have the potential to leave a lasting impact on Greater Cincinnati
inspire others to join, respond, or act
be simple enough to be replicated
How many grants are you rewarding? How many finalist will there be?
There are typically between 12 to 15 finalists. The Project Grant will be awarded to at least 8 grantees.
Does the project have to be focused on a single neighborhood?
No, a project does not have to be based in only one neighborhood. It can take place in any neighborhood and can cross-neighborhoods. However, scale matters; it is often helpful to focus on a particular place if it helps you produce the project well. We advise selecting places in the city with which you are familiar. The project must be based within the 275 beltway.
What if you have three different ideas?
If you have multiple ideas, pick one. Applicants may only apply once per cycle. If you have multiple ideas, we recommend you schedule a 1-on-1 with us to discuss your ideas.
Will People’s Liberty continue past the five years?
We see that people are hungry for more opportunities to do things in their communities. However, People’s Liberty is a 5-year philanthropic lab. In 2020, these grant opportunities will no longer continue in their current format. Stay tuned for what’s next for People’s Liberty.
How do you define success for People’s Liberty?
Our job at People’s Liberty is to help great people bring great ideas to life. To us, successful projects are initiatives aimed at creating a region that is more connected, welcoming and engaged.
Can your budget dollars be allocated to create a nonprofit structure?
No. People’s Liberty does not fund existing or up-and-coming non-profits/for-profits. If you come up with an amazing idea that catches fire, we can connect you to resources, but use your $10K for a project.
Does there need to be a product at the end?
Projects must be started and completed within the 6-month time frame, be it a product, a program, or something else. If you need help developing a timeline for your project idea to make sure you are able to execute it within 6 months, please sign up for a 1-on-1.
Project Grant applications are open from September 12–October 10.