Mini-Grants

Here's how a Mini-Grant works:

( Think of it as an Advanced Independent studies at your school or University )

 1) YOU SELF-SELECT: by contacting us and applying for a Mini-Grant Award. ( see Application Form here below )
     YOU pick a topic or suggest one yourself that resonates with our stated goals, mission and purpose and tell us why you are the person for this job.

2) WE REVIEW: with our board of advisors to determine which mini-grants are timely, WHEN to target them, WHO to put in charge and HOW to Guide them into being.
     Oftentimes we can get a Mini-Grant going within a month. Sometimes it requires more thoughtful research or investigation. Always it requires a leap of faith on the part of all concerned. We've learned to ask for a minimum of 10 to 15 hours of "Volunteer Time" from each selected participant as a requirement to become familiar with Earthseeds and for us to get a sense of your ability to communicate, follow guidelines and be self-motivating, self-disciplined and self-regulating from what is usually a long distance relationship.

3) WE ASSIGN THE MINI GRANT AWARD
    Initial Grants are  usually in the $200 - $600 range. These amounts are increased as the trail blazing opens up and we get farther down the path of testing.  We will not knowingly fund a "Dead-End" Grant, but sometimes we do find that the idea just doesn't have the clout or merit that we all originally anticipated. But such is the nature of all good gardening. Some seeds sprout, some blossom, but only the best bear good fruit worth harvesting.


4) TOGETHER WE WEAVE A TIME-TABLE WITH REASONABLE GOALS & TARGETS
   We consider the person's schedule and ability to perform mixed with any need or deadline based on our networking, events and/or alliances


5) WE WORK TOGETHER - CREATE & ADJUST - CREATE & ADJUST & REVIEW ON A REGULAR BASIS
    This is the Heart of the Matter:  Whether you carry the torch for a long time or a short period, we need to document everything so that we know what works, what doesn't, and what we haven't tried yet.  This is the fun creation process that will challenge your resourcefulness and ingenuity. You will have an Advisor assigned to help brainstorm, etc.


6) ADVISORY BOARD REVIEWS & RECOMMENDS RENEWAL - REPLACEMENT - RE-FRAMING OR RELEASE OF MINI-GRANT 
  There are at least four landmark navigational points on the path of each Mini Grant. These "Progress Reports" are to be filed via email with you and your advisor adding info and comments for the permanent records. This enables some future team to review and assess where to go should the project be shelved or run out of steam temporarily. Conversely, we also will look at options for increasing funding, taking on a new direction ( Remember how "Sticky-Notes" were invented? Turning "Failure" into Success and so forth.


7) SPECIAL NOTES ON LEGAL & TEAMWORK APPROACH
   When a project approaches "Graduation" we aim to set up ways in which, if applicable, Earthseeds and the individuals that work on these Mini Grants are able to enjoy some kind of bonus reward or, in some cases, even residual income from their contributions.  It is our hope that this "Nursery of Ideas" can foster several new jobs and projects that can spin off to become viable interests in their own right and develop into positive transformative endeavors that impact our world for the better.

8) LONG TERM PROJECTIONS - FOLLOW UPS AND COMPLETIONS:
  Projects can sometimes go on for months or even years in development; depending on the quality of people, time and luck involved.  Whether you come for a short time ( BTW: Minimum time for a Mini Grant is 100 Days ) or stay on the team for a longer journey, we want to create "Best Case Scenarios" that inspire others to become involved and help develop things further. 

We Hope you can see and sense the value of testing ideas with our Mini Grants. Come carry an Earthseeds "Olympic torch" for a bit down a creative pathway - It's how energy crosses nations - it's how synergy evolves to create something where the sum is larger than all the parts combined.  If everyone does a little bit and takes turns, together we can create some wonderful amazing projects that will live long after our efforts have faded.  Thanks for sharing this concept with others who might be great MGD's ( Mini Grant Developers ) also.  We build these projects on Word of Mouth, Passion of People, Power of Purpose and Joyful Juice of Joining Together for Fun!