News Tag: Funding

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Pondering the worst case scenario

In March, we likely will hear the outcome of some of our recent grant and philanthropic funding applications.  Best case scenario, these would cover all of our immediate and first-year funding needs.  Worst case scenario, we would be in a bit of a bleak situation.  The Executive Team have been discussing what to do if we find ourselves in a worst-case situation.

Also in March, the Advisory Board will be meeting and will discuss the financial situation.

We will be keeping our valued community of followers informed about our financial situation and plans…

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Two grant applications

We are currently working on two grant applications:

(i) A Queensland social sector development grant; and

(ii) A commonwealth disability grant;

Both of which makes for a lot of, but it is “par for the course” for not-for-profit social enterprises.  All the failures we are having of late aren’t fun, but we haven’t let them dishearten us.  We have needed to trim back our plans and work to ‘live within our means’.

We think our application writing has improved, but time will tell. We’ll keep you posted.  One of things we really want to do is a paid social media hit to get the word out about disability entrepreneurship and the platform.

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Chipping away

The platform team is continuing to chip away at important tasks.  These are all components of setting up the platform and helping us operate the disability entrepreneurship service effectively.

The Enabled Blog will shortly have a video of their interview with Gary about the platform, disability entrepreneurship in Australia and the hope for international cooperation.  Gary made a couple of mistakes in the interview, we are just working out the best way to correct them.  Next Tuesday Naomi (an incredibly impressive academic member of our Advisory Board) and Gary will be meeting to discuss applying for the Queensland Government Social Enterprise Development grant.  This is another grant that is likely to be incredibly competitive, so we are working to put our best foot forward.  We are also hoping to catch up with the Disability Access Centre to discuss the Disability Conference Attendance grant.  

We hope to have further updates on these matters soon.

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Considering again crowd funding

We still have some significant philanthropic grant applications under review.  It will be a while until we learn the results.  The Executive Team of the platform have decided it would bez prudent to start the wheels turning on an alternative funding source now.

We are looking seriously at crowdfunding.  We have learnt a lot since our first attempt.  Thank you @ACU Collaborate Plus business incubator for the valuable professional development and learning experience.  We hope to engage with @StartSomeGood to pursue this.

Raising the capital we need continues to be a slog, but it hasn’t diminished our passion about the power of disability entrepreneurship .

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We’ve worked out our minimum funding needs

The Executive Team has taken a long and hard look at our minimum funding needs for the credible, robust and sustainable operation of the platform.  The total is $95,200, which doesn’t include some important, but not essential items.

We are stage two for two philanthropic grants and we are just about to apply for a Queensland grant – anyone of which would cover this amount.

If none of them are successful, we will need to consider the contingencies of whether we can operate the platform.

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Are we kidding ourselves: What do you think?

Despite making it past stage one for a few grant/philanthropic grants a couple of times and some modest wins, we’ve come up short a couple of times and are surviving on self-funding and enthusiasm.  Are we guilty of self-delusion/hubris?  Is and the goal of facilitating disability entrepreneurship good ideas?

What do you think?  Let us know by commenting on this post or emailing us at [email protected] or [email protected]

We have a few big results coming up in the next few weeks and  months, but it would be helpful to hear from you.

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Westpac Social Change fellowship – sad news

In the last few days, we learned that our application for a Social Change Fellowship for Gary was unsuccessful.  As you may recall, we previously moved from the first phase to the video submission phase.  It is this stage we did not successfully move beyond.  

This news is disappointing, because it would have provided funds to buy out one day per week for a year of Gary’s time from Griffith University.  It would also have paid for some of the development needs of the platform.  

We will take stock of this and other disappointing news over the coming weeks and decide the best next step.

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A great meeting with Linda Seymour and Wilma Stevens

On Tuesday 21 December, Gary had a terrific meeting with Linda Seymour, who is running as an Independent in the seat of Hughes.  Also at the meeting was Wilma Stevens, who has great experience and insight into disability services and social enterprises in Australia.

Covered in the discussion was disability employment, inclusion, the platform and how Linda could support and further connect to the platform.  They had some great ideas in terms of pursuing funding.

This was part of Gary’s current work connecting with politicians in the lead-up to the next federal election.  He is quite comfortable having those discussions with candidates, and we are quite comfortable leaving that task to him.  Disability doesn’t care what politics individuals have, neither do we.  We’re happy chatting to anybody who has a contribution to make in terms of ideas, funding or connections.