Growing Idea Awards

Let’s start with an analogy. What does it take to grow a plant? At the very least you need a seed, some good quality soil, regular water, oxygen, sunlight, poo and a little luck. For someone standing alone, with a seed, it can all seem a little daunting.

‘Growing Idea Awards’ (GIA) reward people with an idea and the will to have a go, by giving that little extra nourishment they need, in the form of small cash awards and an extra pair of hands to see if their seed will produce an abundance of fruit or simply fall back into the ground. Such endeavours provide the vital nourishment that only trying things can provide for future ideas farmers.

GIA are a contemporary approach to resourcing community ideas that reward innovation, bring people together, connects and collectively refines ideas and celebrates reflection and learning.

To put it simply, it’s not your average grants process.

GIA Manual & Toolkit

Growing Idea Awards Manual (PDF version) (986KB)

Growing Idea Awards Toolkit (Word version) (10MB)

Growing Idea Awards Toolkit (PDF version) (3MB)

This Manual & Toolkit provide:

  1. A practical overview of the GIA process
  2. Editable (Microsoft Word) versions of each of the documents outlined in the Manual.

We would love to hear from you about your experience using the GIAs and would welcome feedback into how we could make it even better.

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