As a non-profit grassroots driven fully by volunteers, Comunes relies on donations of the community for reaching at some point sustainability. Given the characteristics of our projects we find fundraising a pretty difficult task. That’s why one of Comunes volunteers has began a course called Getting your Creative Commons project funded in the P2P University. Given the CC nature of our projects, the aim is to draft two grant proposals for Kune and Move Commons. At the end of the course, Comunes will have project proposals to submit to foundations with similar interests… and wait for a (hopefully) positive reply 🙂
We are drafting these proposals on the open, so anyone who wants can participate. You can check their status, leave comments or edit freely in the following wiki: http://ourproject.org/moin/fundraising%20proposals
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Thanks to this course, we could write grant proposals for two projects, trying to answer questions such as:
- What do you want to do?
- Why do you want to do this?
- What makes you the person to do it?
- What activities do you have in your project?
- How many hours will each of your activities take?
- Can any activities take place at the same time?
- What non-time resources do you need?
- Where to turn for funding?
- How do we make the project sustainable?
Through a series of workshops and seminars, we have been taken through the steps from an initial idea to having a finished project proposal that can be submitted. Soon, the proposals will be reviewed by a series of experts and peers.
However, we not only need this financial support! We also need help in many other ways, as Kune and Move Commons are supported by a pretty small community with few developers and resources. Thus, if by chance Kune or Move Commons sounds interesting to you, please don’t hesitate and consider participating, becoming a trainee or spreading the word.