How to Apply for NetSquared Regional Gathering Funding FY15

See a list of NetSquared Regional Gatherings in TechSoup’s FY15 (July 2014 – June 2015)
NOTE: We are not accepting grant applications at this time, but hope to reopen applications in October 2015.

Overview

We invite NetSquared organizers to apply for financial assistance to hold a NetSquared Regional Gathering.

What are the Regional Gatherings?

We have learned that the best way we can keep NetSquared organizers engaged is to bring them together for face-to-face meetings where they can share best practices and form friendships. Each Regional Ambassador will host one event per year. In areas where we don’t have an active Ambassador we invite Net2 organizers to host a gathering of local organizers at an existing gathering of nonprofit techies.

Why is TechSoup Global providing grant opportunities?

This year’s Regional Gathering grants have three goals:

  • To create opportunities for NetSquared organizers to get together face-to-face during which they share ideas, challenges and avenues for future collaboration.
  • To support the NetSquared Regional Ambassadors program by supporting the creation of regional events.
  • To recruit new NetSquared organizers and encourage the retention of current organizers.

When are applications accepted?

Applications can be submitted at any time. However, we will be promoting the opportunity to the NetSquared community during the following times:

  • Round 1: October – November 30, 2014
  • Round 2: February – March 31, 2015

Completion date: All Regional Gatherings must be completed and reports submitted by June 30, 2015.

How much can you ask for?

We will be disbursing grants between US$250 to US$500.

Application Form

Regional Gathering application form: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2462500/NetSquared-Regional-Gathering-Application

Criteria for selection

Criteria for selection will include sustained and significant contribution to the NetSquared Community, demonstrated leadership ability; connections to the tech for social good sector; demonstrated enthusiasm for the NetSquared mission; density of other NetSquared groups in region; quality of the gathering opportunity.

We will prioritize applications from Net2 organizers who meet the following criteria:

  • Applications by two or more NetSquared groups are encouraged. However, one organizer must take on the lead role for the purpose of the contract.
  • Focuses on recruiting participants who have the interest and capacity to take on leadership roles as co-organizers or leaders of their own group in your region.
  • Organizer has been actively holding monthly meetups for at least one year.

NOTE: NetSquared Regional grants are intended to support events that are beyond the scope of your regular events. NetSquared organizers are not eligible for funding to sustain their monthly meetups which are expected to be self sufficient through local in-kind and financial sponsors arranged by the organizer.

Who will make make the selection

A team of TechSoup Global staff will make the selection, led by the NetSquared Community Manager and the Director of Global Media.

Requirements

Organizers must complete their event and submit all required reporting within 15 days. All events must be completed before June 30, 2015.

Successful grantees will be asked to do the following:

Documentation

  • Completing a survey after the event to report back key outcomes.
  • Tag videos, slides, tweets, etc. with #Net2
  • Collect at least three short (informal) testimonial videos from participants. Follow the general guidelines posted here: http://j.mp/188D0kB
  • Blogging at least twice on the http://www.NetSquared.org blog about the event
  • Share your gatherings learnings on the Net2Local mailing list within 10 days of the gathering’s completion

Expanding the NetSquared network

A major goal of NetSquared Regional Gatherings is to expand and strengthen the Net2 network. You will work with the NetSquared Community Manager to set at least one additional goal in one or more of these areas:

  • Recruitment of new co-organizer for your group
  • Identify and recruit new organizer in your region who has the capacity and interest to start a new NetSquared group

Frequently Asked Questions

What does one of these “hub” events for the gathering look like?
The ideal event is an existing conference or workshop that brings together people in the nonprofit and social good sector, especially if those people work in technology or online communications and campaigning. NTEN’s NTC or Australia’s Connecting Up is a great example. By using existing events we introduce the #Nptech scene to NetSquared and these events are ideal recruitment opportunities for new NetSquared organizers.

What will the actual meeting of NetSquared organizers look like?
These are informal gatherings in a local cafe or other meeting space where NetSquared organizers share the best practices, event ideas, and create friendships. The events are often a half day to be held before or after the “hub” event and is complimented by group activities during the event. A short guide will be provided to help you plan.

What is a “region”?
This is intentionally vague because it depends on the density of other NetSquared groups in your area. But you can use the limiting factor of your travel budget to help you choose how far to cast you net. Usually the groups share a country or language.

What’s covered by the grant?
The following can be included in your application budget

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • A shared meal
  • Conference tuition

We ask that when possible attendees cover their own food expenses and incidental local travel (bus fare, etc.)

How many grants will be disbursed?
This depends on how many applications we receive. But we have budgeted for a minimum of eight events during this granting year.

When will the money arrive?
If your application is approved please allow five weeks for your funds to be processed. Therefore we encourage you to plan your event severals months after the granting window.

Who selects the winning grant proposals?
A team of TechSoup Global staff will make the selection, led by the NetSquared Community Manager and the Director of Global Media.