Thinking about applying for our Resilient Communities Fund but not sure whether your project would be a good fit? It’s a fair question – obviously these kinds of applications can be quite time consuming, and we know how busy you all are! Unfortunately we don’t have a way at this time of knowing whether you’ll win (where did we put that crystal ball…), but hopefully this will help you work towards your own understanding of whether it’s worth your time to apply.
To begin, take a good look at the fund page, particularly at the kind of projects we are looking for, the fund criteria, and the eligibility guidelines. If you meet our eligibility standards and can show us through your application that your project fits well within all of our standard criteria, that is a really good start. From there, the more advantageous criteria you can demonstrate, the better your chances of success will be. Finally, remember that your chances of winning will also ultimately depend on the content and quality of the other applications we receive – and we expect there will be some high-quality, well-established projects in that stack.
While most of the advantageous criteria listed is pretty straightforward, we have had a few questions on “projects that can demonstrate economic, social and environmental impacts.” So what does that mean? Well, we like to view the social, the environmental, and the economic aspects as the three “pillars” holding up community resilience. While your project doesn’t have to address all three pillars in order to be considered, you should weigh in how many pillars you do have, and how strong they are, when thinking about whether you should apply. How would your project compare to others that are able to demonstrate two or even three pillars?
Here are some international examples to give you a sense of how we would categorise projects in terms of pillars:
Social & Environmental
Environmental & Economic
Economic & Social
Environmental, Social & Economic
Hopefully that was helpful (and didn’t leave you feeling more confused). If you have more questions please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re always happy to chat things through with you.