Last night, People’s Liberty welcomed a number of motivated Cincinnatians to the Globe, each eager to learn more about the $10K Project Grant. In case you missed it, we streamed this information session on Facebook Live and documented the Q&A portion. You can also download the presentation slides below.
Q: Do you review applicant's personal portfolios?
A: Our jurors are spending the bulk of their time reading your application and evaluating your idea. They want to see that you’re capable of completing your proposed project, but they’re more likely going to be focused on your idea and less likely to be concerned with your impressive résumé.
Q: Where can we review past projects to select our favorite?
A: All of our current/past grantees stories can be found here...on our website.
Q: How old do we have to be to apply?
A: At least 18.
Q: After we win the grant, are the workshop days used to finalize the idea or to implement the project?
A: Implement. The first two of the six scheduled workshop days are working days. You’re here at PL, with the other seven grant recipients, dedicating the whole day to developing your project. The final four days are check-in lunches.
Q: If I will be out of the country for one of the workshop days, can I still apply?
A: Yes, as long as it’s not one of the first two workshop days of the grant period. If it’s during one of the four following check-ins, apply and note which day you’ll be missing in your application.
Q: How many applications can one person submit?
A: One. Pick your best idea. Book a one-on-one and we'll help you make the best selection.
Q: Do grantees typically copyright their ideas?
A: It’s up to you. We don’t think it’d be the best use of the six months or the $10K. We really want you to go do your project. Keep it simple. After the six months, we can talk about the ways it could continue to live.
Q: Can the attachment be a video?
A: Your attachment will be a PDF that can link to a video, provided the jurors have time to watch it.
Q: When thinking about budgeting and stipends, is there a certain ratio to keep in mind?
A: You’re definitely allowed to pay yourself a stipend for your time in the proposed budget. Stipends over $2.5K tend to give jurors pause. Always ask: who does this project serve first?
Q: Do you recommend having team members?
A: Yes. 100%. There’s strength in numbers.
Q: Can you partner with a nonprofit?
A: Short answer: Yes. Slightly longer answer: If it looks, in any way, like your project idea is just funneling money to a nonprofit, the jurors will notice. If it’s truly building a relationship with an organization who will help with your project, then great...we encourage that.