Kindling Conversation brings people together for short, thoughtful discussions on themes central to life in Alaska. A facilitator, chosen by your group, leads a conversation for 5-30 participants using the materials supplied by the Alaska Humanities Forum. The program toolkit contains a short text focused on a hot topic or occasion in Alaska (our inaugural Kindling Conversation topic is "Homelessness"), a discussion guide, a promotional kit, participant surveys, and a media release (for photographs taken during the conversation).
WHO CAN APPLY FOR A MICRO-GRANT
If you have questions about finding a facilitator for your conversation, please contact the grants office at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also schedule a phone call here.
Kindling Conversation gatherings may be scheduled at any time of the year. Applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to a scheduled event.
Kindling Conversation Micro-grant recipients must host their community conversation within 3 months of receiving notification of acceptance.
In order to be eligible for the $200 Micro-grant, the community conversation must be at least an hour long and have at least five participants apart from the facilitator/host. The organization must acknowledge the Alaska Humanities Forum in event promotion and during the event itself. Finally, the organization must submit a final report within 3 weeks of the completion of the conversation. This final report includes attendance information, evaluation surveys to be completed by conversation participants, and a brief (<500 word) reflection by the facilitator. Photographs are recommended but not required.
The Kindling Conversations Micro-grant is an unrestricted stipend to defray the cost of promoting, hosting, and facilitating the event. The Micro-grant recipient may choose to use the grant to cover food, advertising, printing, facilitation, or facilities fees.
HOSTING MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS
At this time, we are offering only one Micro-grant per organization or individual. Micro-grant recipients may contact the grants office if they wish to host additional conversations after submitting their final report to see if there are funds available for additional sessions.
Please email email@example.com with questions.
Once elected, Board Members are expected to:
- Determine, understand, and support the organization’s mission.
- Be knowledgeable about the organization’s major programs.
- Convene and participate in long range visioning and strategic planning to ensure the organization’s future ability to carry out its mission.
- Establish fiscal policy and boundaries, including budgets and financial controls.
- Make a meaningful annual gift commensurate with personal ability.
- Assist in fundraising by, for example, identifying prospective donors, personally asking others to make a contribution, signing thank you notes, or making thank you phone calls to contributors.
- Set policies for the organization’s operation and guide its general course from year to year.
- Select, evaluate and, if necessary, terminate the appointment of the chief executive.
- Ensure that the provisions of the organization’s charter and the law are being followed.
- Attend meetings in person or via teleconference.
- Serve on at least one committee of the board.
- Recommend qualified individuals with relevant skills and experience as possible nominees for the board.
Important as it is to understand what the duties of directors include, it is equally important to understand what they do not include.
Directors should not:
- Engage in the day-to-day operation of the organization.
- Hire staff other than the chief executive.
- Make detailed programmatic decisions more appropriately left to staff.
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Documents to review before applying:
Documents to review during your application: :
- Humanities Grant Categories
- Humanities Grant Writing Tips
- Regional Map
- Forum Grant Budget Form
- Budget Form & Narrative Instructions
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the grants office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to an overwhelming number of requests, we ask that you schedule phone calls or meetings to discuss the grant application ahead of time. These can be requested at https://graceharrington.youcanbook.me/
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