What are the NFA Funding Awards?
The NFA Funding Awards are two-fold. Firstly they are intended to support NFA members with a community benefit project with seed funding and a show of NFA community support to get it going. Secondly, the Awards provide a way for NFA community members to make a collective decision about something that might shape their community experience.
Can anyone propose a project for the Funding Awards?
NFA members are welcome to propose a project for the Awards. Ideally, you have lived and been involved with the Community for at least 6 months, so you have an idea of what is going on and how to contribute.
When will I know about the opportunity to make a proposal?
If you are an NFA member, you will receive the Call for Proposals in a weekly NFA email newsletter. The call for proposals will also be posted on the NFA website and the Rainbow Bridge.
How much time do I have to contribute my proposal?
You have 5-weeks from when the Call for Proposals is announced, to contribute your proposals for the proposal booklet.
How do I contribute my proposal?
All proposals are made on a simple online form. To make sure the Awards are open to everyone there is support for anyone who can’t access the online form.
How will NFA members get to know about my proposal?
Your proposal will be gathered will all the others into one document which will be emailed to NFA members and posted on the NFA website. Approximately two weeks after they receive the booklet you will have an opportunity to present your proposal in person briefly, and answer questions.
How are proposals selected for the proposal document?
There is no prior selecting process. If you put a proposal forward by filling out the online form, it will go into the proposal document.
How much money will be awarded?
The amount awarded has varied over the years, however, for the last few years, the NFA has £1500 to give, which is divided between the top three highest voted projects £700, £500 and £300.
The available funds are seed funding, this means it’s a small, yet generous sum that can either fund your whole project or get your project started. The generosity lies not online in the amount, but also in the high level of trust give to the recipient to carry out the project as they have defined.
What additional value is there in putting my proposal forward?
The additional value of the NFA Awards is that if you go onto apply for funding outside the community you will be able to demonstrate community support, something funders are often keen to see.
What other benefits are there in making a proposal for the Awards?
Contributing a proposal gives you the opportunity to get clear on your idea and to test it out by presenting it to an audience.
How are the top three projects selected for funding?
The project selection process takes place through an online voting system. Voting will open in the evening after the presentations and will be open for 72 hours. All NFA members will receive an email with a personal/unique link to the voting page.
The voting system we use is a ranking system so voters can choose as many projects are they want to and put them in order of preference.
When will I know the results?
Everyone who contributed a proposal will receive an email with the results. We only give the results for the top three projects.
The three projects that receive the highest number of votes will be announced to NFA members through the NFA weekly email and to the whole community with a notice in the Rainbow Bridge.
What are my responsibilities if I succeed in receiving a monetary Award?
If your project succeeds in receiving funding you need to be able to arrive a stage in your project where you can give a report on your project within 12-months, it is possible to do it in 18-months. You will also provide written updates to the NFA Council.
Is there any support for me carrying out my project?
You are responsible for carrying out your project and using the funds to do that. For example, if you want to do a consultation of community members, you have to book the venue and promote the event.
What kinds of projects are funded?
Since 2015 projects have received funding in the past including Roots, Fruits, and Leaves, the water system for the Findhorn Hinterland’s Edible Woodland Garden, Carbon Footprint, Caring in our Community Feasibility Study, Zero Waste Feasibility Study.
If you have any more questions send them to the NFA Awards project manager, Ariane Burgess labyrintista at gmail dot com