If your group is in the UK, we have grants available! (If not, sorry! These are UK-only)
Our funder Nesta/DCMS has just made it possible for us to extend financial support to groups that help other groups get started.
This is an open a call to groups here to apply for up to £5,000 to strengthen activity in England from autumn 2019 through mid 2020.
Note: We are open to applications from NI, Scotland and Wales, but these will not be funded by Nesta/DCMS and instead from our own funds. Because of this, we can probably only support one or two applicants outside of England at most.
This will be a competitive call, and we will have to make a selection based on the criteria below. Please also note that part of this work is to track our impact as a network, and some reporting will be required .
We learned from your feedback how best to shape this call and accommodate diverse proposals - thank you to those who responded.
Our guiding principles
We’ve been granted funds to support those groups who help other groups get started with community repair. This could be as minimal as answering emails to as intensive as going for coffees/teas, doing venue recce with future hosts, and helping on the first event.
But we think that up to £5,000 can go further. We’re interested in funding activities which do any of the following:
Deepen the shared ethos of our events - they are not a free repair shop, they’re about learning
Enhance safety and effectiveness of events
Ensure our network is broad-based and diverse
a) Reaching those who are inclined to activism and connecting them to the bigger picture
b) Embedding our work in wider society / economy - links with schools, makerspaces, businesses
These grants are for groups that
are established in the UK. You must have a formal entity or work through one that has a bank account
do some kind of electricals or electronic repair - but this need not be the sole focus
have a track record of running events locally (minimum of one year)
are willing to dedicate at least two days a month to serving as a regional hub of support to new groups (but we encourage you to consider more if there is demand)
have capability to minimum of reporting - see “Reporting” below
Our criteria for selection
Above all we will prioritise projects that align with our principles above.
In addition to that, we will weight the following criteria evenly:
- Pragmatism - can your group pull off the project?
- Learning for the network - will your project contribute to the learning of the network? inspire others? Bonus points for creativity
- Sustainability - do you have a plan to leverage the funds? or to find follow-on funding or sustain the work through other means?
What we will support
- Capital investments, purchases - given there is a plan for maintenance and sustainability
- People time - we understand that people have to get paid to do work sometimes! This can include the “boring” but essential work of writing emails, accounting, coordinating. Just about anything.
- Activities of all kinds
- Recurrent costs (like insurance) - given there is a plan to pay them after the grant period ends
Please get in touch if you have any questions about our criteria of eligibility or selection
Please consult with your group and prepare this short application form. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7th October latest.
Download the form Grant application - Restart network grants.docx (229.0 KB)
Restart will select groups and get back by the 14th of October, with a straight-forward grant agreement document and request for your bank details. We will arrange with you to split the grant into two payments.
Your feedback until 17th September
Call for applications ready w/c 23rd September
Call closes w/c 7th October
Decisions w/c 14th October
First payment - end of October
Web conference for grantees - early November
- Short narrative update due - late December
- Second payment - end of January
- Last narrative update due - coinciding with your close of activities - before June 2020
Events and repair data
In terms of reporting on events, we ask that you continue to log repair data using our platform and that you refer new groups to @james so he can invite them to start logging data too. (If you currently do not use Restarters.net, but arrange to share data via spreadsheet this can meet our requirements.)
Micro narrative reports
We’ll ask you for two extremely short narrative reports on your progress, one before the second tranche of funding and one at the end. These can be as short as 100 words.
We will not require you to do any financial reporting on the funds dispersed, however we will require two things: 1) updates on any major changes to the budgets submitted 2) that you keep financial records of how the funds are spent, in case of any future need to audit.