The Civic Innovation programme will support projects that can deliver greater public influence over key societal issues as well as demonstrating how a more participative and deliberative model of democracy can build a better Northern Ireland for everyone. Express your interest here.
The programme will formally commence at the Community Foundation’s Democracy Day event on 29th January 2020, delivered in partnership with the Imagine Belfast Festival. At this event participants will have an opportunity to ‘pitch’ their ideas for projects to one another, as well as get some inspiration from international and local contributors working in the fields of public participation and democratic innovation. However you can attend our information workshops to learn more and get the ball rolling on your project idea (See details below).
From there, programme participants will self-form into up to 15 teams, each committed to developing a specific project idea. The teams will then attend a series of project design workshops in Derry-Londonderry or Belfast from February to April 2020 where they will have time to work up the details of their idea and receive expert mentoring and support.
All of the 15 teams will then receive a small grant of up to £5,000 to test their idea at a small scale, or to undertake necessary preliminary work such as research or political engagement. Following the completion of the small grants phase each team can then apply for a major grant of up to £50,000 to deliver their project over an 18 month period, with up to 10 projects being supported.
Across the entire programme the Community Foundation will seek to tap into the groundswell of democratic innovations taking place around the world and provide opportunities for grantees to learn from this and showcase their own work.
Those who think they or their organisation might want to take part in the programme can attend one of the below information workshops:
One of the unique features of the programme is that the individual projects don’t need to be precisely defined at the beginning. Instead, organisations and individuals will be able to complete a simple online expression of interest form via www.civicinnovationni.org from 25th October onwards, until the deadline of Friday 17th January.
Closing Date: Jan 17, 2020 13:00
Jan 17, 2020 13:00
Up to £50,000
Open to all voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, as well as public sector representatives and interested individuals, the programme will support projects that can deliver greater public influence over key societal issues as well as demonstrating how a more participative and deliberative model of democracy can build a better Northern Ireland for everyone.