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Getting your CC project funded

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Course organiser: Jonas Öberg
About the Course Organiser: 

This course is run by Jonas Öberg on behalf of Creative Commons.

During the day I work as a teacher at the University of Gothenburg, primarily in subjects concerning project work. Before this, I was the vice president for the Free Software Foundation Europe for seven years, and has participated in writing, reading, and reviewing projects for the European Commission and several other funding bodies. The NGO where I do most of my work now, the Society for Free Culture and Software, is working primarily with Creative Commons on networking projects and advocacy projects, externally financed by the Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.

While looking at proposals for the recent Creative Commons Catalyst Grant, I understood that there are thousands of ideas circulating in the Creative Commons community, most of which have not been realised due to a lack of funding. I came up with the idea to run a course that would take a participant through the process of writing a proposal. Not like a normal course, with lectures and presentations, but a very practical approach where the end result should be that every student has at least one finished proposal which can be submitted for consideration by a funding body.

Talking to Mike Linksvayer and others at Creative Commons inspired me to work further on this idea, and the P2PU seemed like a natural fit for it, so it's extremely exciting to finally having gotten to the point where we can do this for the first time. Hopefully this will lead to a lot of great project proposals, most of which will be funded!

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How do you write a project proposal, and how do you get it funded to raise money for a Creative Commons project?


This course is meant for those who are working on finding funding for Creative Commons projects. During the course, through a series of workshops and seminars, you will be taken through the steps from an initial idea to having a finished project proposal that can be submitted. You provide the idea -- we provide the guidance to turn this into a proposal that can't be refused.

 In total, six workshops on different areas of a project proposal will be conducted during the first weeks of the course. After this, there will be a series of expert and peer reviews of your proposals, which you will also contribute to by reviewing other students projects (we'll cover reviewing specifically in a workshop, so you know what to look for, and what to avoid in your own projects).

Don't know where to turn for funding? Don't worry: during the course, we'll go through the various options available, as well as provide individual help during the course to assist you in finding the right finding body for your project. We will also do what we can do help you find partners for your project, if needed.

By the end of the course, you will have a finished project proposal that you can proceed to submit to a funding body, and wait for their (hopefully) positive reply!

Please note that the course will run in English, and all our writing will be in English. If you must, you can write your proposal in another language, but we'll only be able to provide reviews of projects written in English, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Russian and Bulgarian. We'll try to add more languages that we can work in by having more reviewers take part in the course, but we can't guarantee this yet.

If you're further interested in the course, you can also read more at the Creative Commons wiki where the workshops are outlined in more detail.

This course uses an image "23.365 - Money" available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. Copyright 2010 by Mauro Quercia.

Learning objectives

After completing the course, you should be able to:

  1. express an abstract ideas in terms of concrete aims and a goals,
  2. understand the structure of a project proposal and how to encourage readability and understanding of a proposal,
  3. give estimate for the completion of a project,
  4. work with budgets and resource allocation,
  5. find appropriate funding bodies for relevant projects,
  6. review project proposals written by others and provide constructive feedback.

And of course, we hope that you will also have a finished proposal that can be funded :)



Jonas - this looks excellent.

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Alison Cole
Sun, 2011-03-20 22:15

Jonas - this looks excellent. I've opened your course for sign-ups. You're free to go!

Great! Thanks Alison!

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Jonas Öberg
Mon, 2011-03-21 14:45

Great! Thanks Alison!

Excited to be a part of this

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Paul Boshears
Sun, 2011-04-03 22:01

Excited to be a part of this course (if selected)!

This is an awesome network,

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Lynette McKinney
Wed, 2011-04-06 18:28

This is an awesome network, so glad I found it and can't wait to get active!

Could you provide a guideline

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Alejandro Camus
Fri, 2011-04-08 19:32

Could you provide a guideline on what an idea´s theme should be. Or maybe give examples of CC projects. Are these:

examples of what our projects could be?

What timezone are the

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Bernice Innocent
Tue, 2011-04-12 16:56

What timezone are the workshops in? And how long are they?

Hi Bernice! The timezone is

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Jonas Öberg
Tue, 2011-04-12 21:10

Hi Bernice!
The timezone is UTC (so essentially UK time). They will last 2-3 hours, depending on the topics discussed and the participation.