PROPOSAL DUE DATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 at NOON
Stake's goal is to directly fund Philadelphia creative projects. We encourage creatives, artists, organizers, and thinkers of all kinds and at all career stages to apply. The application is simple and brief by design, just 4 questions and 4 images. We regret that, due to the number of proposals we receive, we are unable to accept all of them. Eight proposals that fulfill all of the following criteria will be chosen to include in the dinner election.
If funded, you will be responsible for making a presentation to the Stake community regarding your progress on this project at the next Stake event.
These grants funds Philadelphia-based creative & relevant community engaged projects. Stake grants are project specific; they do not fund an artist's individual studio work, nor art gallery/non-profit organizations' overall work. Grammar and spelling count! Please make sure you proofread your proposal and carefully follow all instructions below.
1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (100 words):
2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $800 is your imaginary budget (50 words):
3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words):
Submit 4 digital images (up to 2 MB each, jpeg or gif format ONLY) relating to your project or past projects in order to better illustrate your words above. (Examples: sketches for project proposal, photomontage, maps, diagrams, or other related imagery)
Proposals will be accepted through NOON on Sunday, September 7.
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org with only the name of your project in the subject line and answers to the above questions in the body of the email and your images attached. The only attachments we accept are your images (no Word documents please)!
PROPOSAL SELECTION AND EVENT DETAILS
From the complete proposals submitted by the deadline, we will select eight projects to be voted on at the event.
You will be notified at least one week prior to the event if your proposal is selected. Thoroughly review your submission before sending; incomplete proposals or proposals that do not follow the guidelines above will not be considered.
Proposals will be made available on the Philly STAKE website approximately one week prior to the event and will be posted during the event. Applicants will be given 3 minutes to present their proposal to event attendees. Projects should be ready to implement once money is awarded.
All Stake attendees will vote on their favorite, and the winner of the most votes will win the grant for the evening. Yay!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I can’t make it to the event, can I still apply?
No — You must be present at STAKE to present your proposal. Grant recipients are required to present their progress at the following STAKE.
I applied for STAKE previously but was not selected to present. May I apply again?
Yes — We receive many proposals and can only accommodate eight per event. We encourage you to reapply at the next event!
If I am selected to present my proposal at the event do I need to buy tickets for myself to the event?
No — if chosen, you will be put on "the list" in addition to one co-presenter guest. All other presenters, friends, supporters, loved ones, grandmas, pets, etc... should purchase tickets ahead of time to ensure admission. Please note that we do ask ALL presenters to make a donation at the door - it's sliding scale, so don't panic, but we do ask all presenters, along with all volunteers, organizers, and attendees, to contribute to the grant.
But what about my [insert important person who traveled far and wide to come to vote for you], they didn't get a ticket ahead of time, can they get in?
It's breaks our hearts - but our events do sell out and we are not able to let everyone in, no matter how far they came or who they are. If your grandma is traversing many states to come support you, please purchase a ticket ahead of time to ensure that she can enjoy the event.
How do you choose the proposals to present at the event? Can I bribe you guys?
As a group of volunteer organizers creating this event, we are continually looking for ways to better serve Philadelphia's creative community. To that end, we are always discussing (often quite heatedly!) our process for accepting proposals. Currently four proposals are chosen at Random from all proposals submitted by the deadline. Philly Stake organizers then select four proposals from the remaining applicants to ensure a diverse selection of projects to vote on during the event. 8 proposals will be presented to dinner attendees to vote on, the winner of the most votes will win the Stake grant.
We've never been offered a bribe before, so it would probably depend on how awesome your offer is.