What is Project Lovely?
Project LOVEly is a grant-giving project that seeks to inspire young people to actions that reflect the "Esther Effect," instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in their communities. The goal of Project LOVEly is assisting young people to actions that reflect advocacy and service by helping turn their ideas into practical, hands-on projects. Selected applicants will be matched with a skilled mentor, provided with a $5000 budget, and encouraged throughout the grant year.
Am I Eligible for a Project Lovely Grant?
Young people with an idea that they are passionate about seeing become a reality to create awesome in the world can apply, as long as they are between the ages of 13-30 and reside in the United States or its territories.
When do I apply? What is the application deadline?
The application opens at 10 am EST October 1, 2019 and closes at midnight EST on November 30, 2019.
Can I submit a video as part of my application?
Yes! Any supporting material are welcome. Videos up to 5 minutes in length can be submitted in addition to the application. Videos and supporting material should be sent as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do I find out if my proposal has been accepted?
Grant winners will be notified on or before December 22, 2019 of their selection; a public announcement will follow.
What happens if my proposal is accepted?
If your proposal is selected as a grant winner, Project LOVEly will help by matching each grantee with a skilled business Mentor, providing you with a budget of up to $5000 to initiate your project, and walking with you throughout the year to see it successfully implemented. Those with a sustainability model built in are preferred. Projects should be developed and implemented between January to July 2020. Grant winners will be invited to present their projects at a celebration event in August 2019.
When do I receive the grant?
Allocation of monies, of grants up to $5000, will be given out as needed, based on the project’s goals, your individual plan, and project timeline. This will be determined as each winner works with their mentor.
How do I find a mentor?
Project LOVEly will match you with a professional mentor whose skills align with the project you are working on.
What if I already have a mentor?
If you have a mentor in mind that you would like to work with, they will need to complete a Mentor Application. Mentors must also submit to a background check.
What if I'm under 18 years old?
In addition to the application, you will need to submit the Consent Form for Minors in order for your application to be approved. Parents or guardians will be asked to mail this signed form to the following address: This Star Won’t Go Out, Attn: Project Lovely, 118 Billings Street, Quincy MA 02171.
Can a group apply for a grant?
Applications can be submitted by either individuals or a group. If more than one person is involved in the project, one person should be designated as the group leader for the project. Additional applicants on the team should include their contact information along with any other supporting documents at email@example.com.
What types of projects qualify for a grant?
The parameters are broad and open ended. Projects should reflect advocacy and service by helping turn proposals into practical, hands-on projects, by instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in your community.
Can I get a grant for an existing project?
The focus of Project LOVEly is the implementation of new projects—or ideas unique to you that you have just not been able to get off the ground due to lack of help and finances. Our goal is to help you bring your dreams to life!
How long do I have to complete the project?
Grant winners will develop their projects from January to July, 2020. This is for the purpose of awarding a Project LOVEly Grant, but projects that continue on after this deadline are encouraged and recommended! We hope to see projects that take on lives of their own, continuing to spread the Esther Effect.
How do I show my work?
We look forward to following your progress through regular updates, and a kickoff event that highlights your project. We welcome photos and videos of your project’s development and implementation, to share both on our social media and on This Star Won’t Go Out’s website.
Do I need to submit a budget with my application?
Yes! Describe how much funding you anticipate needing to complete this project. Please provide specific dollar amounts and detail how you would use this grant money. You will also be expected to submit a record of how your monies were used at the completion of the grant period.
What is meant by "sustainability model"?
By sustainability we’re referring to projects that have a long term impact. This could happen one of two ways: (1) the proposed project might intend to continue, with the grant being the "kick starter" for the project; or (2) the project might be intended as a model that can be duplicated--either by the creator, or by others.
What happens when I've completed the project?
Our hope is that Project LOVEly will have helped you launch a project that keeps on giving. Our hope is that you will have the opportunity to share about your work with Project Lovely. We hope that you will have learned skills and had experiences that will change your life!