Currently, the national Street by Street project is unfunded, with the team working on a pro bono basis and the Centre for Civil Society and Project Team members donating money for essential items. We would love to hear from anyone who can assist the national project reach it’s potential through fundraising, crowdfunding or securing funding from philanthropic funds or government.
Regarding funding for individual Street by Street groups, the first question is:
Do you need it? (adapted from http://www.transitionnetwork.org/support/7-buts)
Funding is a very poor substitute for enthusiasm and community involvement, both of which will take you through the initial stages of your group’s development. Indeed, funding may never be needed or your group can raise its own funds through collecting donations at each gathering or the traditional cake stalls, raffles (a generous local business donor) or perhaps more innovative approaches that match your group’s activities.
It is worth noting that funders often exert a measure of control and can steer your group to a particular set of measurable outcomes through their accountability requirements.
How and where to get it (adapted from the Street Harvest Toolkit)
If you have a project that needs funding, make an estimate (guess) of all the costs and put it into a budget. Include volunteer input, donations, any in-kind support from partner organisations, as well as administrative and other costs you need from the funder – this shows that you are contributing to the project and not asking for everything from the funder.
Funding can come from a range of sources including government (local, state and federal), philanthropic bodies, corporate sponsorship or donations programs (such as crowdfunding – see Doing Some Good or Pozible), or through your own fundraising events. We ask that you contribute 10% of the funds you raise to the national SxS project, to enable it to exist and grow.
The next step is to research potential funding sources, include application time lines, plan and develop funding applications. More information and advice is available from organisations such as Our Community www.ourcommunity.com.au/funding
To search for potential funders see Grants Guru http://community.grantready.com.au/ or Grantslink http://grants.myregion.gov.au/ (government grants)
Writing the funding application
Some of the key factors to pay attention to are:
- Ensure that the funding body’s guidelines and focus match your project.
- Use their guidelines and proposal formats.
- Contact the funding body and talk to them about your application; this will introduce them to your project (an absolute must).
- Include all partners that will be involved and their role. Projects with multiple stakeholders are often viewed more favourably as it demonstrates stronger community links.
- Check if your group is eligible for funding. If they require an incorporated organisation ask a suitable organisation if they will auspice you (apply for the funding on your behalf). Ensure that information such as incorporation certificates, proof of insurance, Deductible Gift Recipient Status, is included where applicable
- Have your basic funding application, but tailor it to each funding application
- Make the project sound exciting and vibrant.
- Be very clear about the project aims and expected outcomes.