The wiki of wikis

Wikis are for people to easily collaborate on the creation of content. Wikipedia, one of the most successful projects on the web, is a wiki.

This page is the master wiki for organising projects on the Open Media Network. Crucially it is a self-organising space. Each of the projects in the Open Media Network can have its own wiki, and can share the content with the entire network, or keep certain things private, as you wish.

Here is a step-by-step guide to using the wiki.

Please try to build the structure of the wiki as you go along.

Here's an example: Let's say people are talking about which mobile device to buy, and you want to talk about tablets - for that you should create a sub-page for tablets. But then someone else wants to talk about smartphones - that is not a sub-page off the tablets page, but a sub-page off the original mobile devices page.

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Funding criteria

Access Innovation Award $20k

Deadline: 15 August

Dear colleague,

The Community Learning Innovation Fund, a new fund designed to support new and imaginative community learning opportunities that encourage adults to take up, succeed and progress in learning, is now open for applications.

Organisations from across England can bid for their share of £4 million from the Community Learning Innovation Fund for projects to develop and offer creative learning opportunities that engage and motivate, in particular, disadvantaged adults. Projects will be funded to run from September 2012 to 31 July 2013.

The maximum amount for any bid is £65,000 and the minimum is £10,000.

The deadline for applications for £50,000 or more is 12 noon, Thursday 28 June 2012.

The deadline for applications for less than £50,000 is 12 noon, Thursday 5 July 2012.

The Community Learning Innovation Fund will be administered by NIACE on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency, and will contribute to the Government's objectives for community learning set out on page 14 of the recent policy reform document from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), New Challenges, New Chances: Further Education and Skills Reform Plan: Building a World Class System (December 2011).

The Community Learning Innovation Fund can support a wide range of projects and activities in England - though all of them should deliver learning to adults. It will fund projects involving the development of creative community learning provision that:

- widens participation in learning and transforms people's destinies; - promotes social renewal and develops stronger communities; - maximises the impact of community learning on individuals, families and communities; - is underpinned by effective strategies to sustain the work and its impact; and/or - aligns with the work of emerging Community Learning Trusts, a distinct but complementary initiative recently announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

  • Key themes of the Community Learning Innovation Fund

Projects should focus on one of the following themes:

- Learning for social and economic well being - Learning for community - Learning for families - Learning for digital inclusion

  • What sorts of projects can be funded?

The Community Learning Innovation Fund can support a wide range of projects and activities. However, all proposals must:

- involve the delivery of learning to adults; - have as principal beneficiaries adults aged 19 and over; - focus on one of the key themes above (although some projects may also contribute to other themes); - widen participation in learning and transform people's destinies by supporting engagement, learning and progression in the broadest sense for adults, especially those who are most disadvantaged and least likely to participate in learning; - identify the difference it is hoped to make for individuals, families and communities and how this will be measured and evaluated; - include proposals for community / learner consultation and involvement in decision making; - include strategies and pedagogies appropriate to the target group; - include arrangements for providing information, advice and guidance to support progression appropriate to the target group; - involve partnership working; - include clear proposals as to how successful elements of the work will be sustained after CLIF funding comes to an end; and - be cost effective and offer clear value for money.

  • Who can apply?

The Community Learning Innovation Fund is open to learning providers in England regardless of whether or not they currently receive funding for community learning directly from the Skills Funding Agency. Bids are welcomed from public, private and third sector organisations from all backgrounds including culture, heritage, sport, health, community regeneration, environment, arts and crafts, broadcasting and technology.

  • How to apply
  • Applications can be made online

only<>.Applications for £50,000 or more should be received by 12 noon, Thursday28 June 2012. Applications for less than £50,000 should be received by12noon, Thursday 5 July 2012.

You can find out more information on the webpage<>,where a full Prospectus is available for download, along with FrequentlyAsked Questions which should answer most of your queries.

If you have any questions about the Fund please check online first. If you cannot find the answer to your query, please email


Your question will be dealt with within three working days.

Unfortunately NIACE will not be able to deal with queries by telephone and cannot enter into any correspondence once the closing date for applications has passed.

  • When can projects start?

Successful projects will be informed on Thursday 16 August 2012 and Funding Agreements will be issued as soon as possible thereafter. If you are successful you can start your project as soon as you have signed and returned your Funding Agreement and by 10 September 2012 at the latest. All projects receiving funding must have completed activity by 31 July 2013.

Yours faithfully,

David Hughes Chief Executive, NIACE

Nominet - deadline May 1st

Is this too social work for us, and too technical?? Is there a role for video in this?

Up to £100k without need for match-funding.
Look at active and past projects.
Ideas for partners: Hackney Citizen, Community Channel, UEL

Build London SRN via it.
Distribution via embeds on local blogs and papers.

Needs: a community - hmmm - what about DPAC? we've already got links there....

Office space could be funded?

Using the internet for social good

Why do we support this area?

The internet offers opportunities to design radically different approaches to big social challenges from unemployment to social isolation. Nominet Trust encourages imaginative applications of the internet to address specific social problems. We are particularly interested in supporting projects that are co-designed with the user community to ensure that the solutions meet their needs.

What types of projects do we support?

Projects that build the skills people require to access employment or education opportunities.
Programmes that support young people to tackle social problems in their communities.
Solutions that connect people to local services and volunteers to combat feelings of isolation, depression or mobility.

Lush Charity Pot

Need a radical project for this - imminent demise of Occupy?? so what's the next big thing?

Funding for the Spring of Code AS A PROJECT? As outreach for the NVDA methods and campaigns of the Occupy movement. Pay someone to run it - design - tech - (liferay template)

Sponsor grassroots embeds-getting - primary distribution of NVDA video in the UK

Tour of Occupy and protest camps - teach the revolutionary CJ templates - covers and builds the summer of rage
Support ranges from a few hundred pounds to a maximum of £10,000 per project. Average grant is around £4,000. Has previously funded Climate Camp TV. "We believe we can make the most impact by funding projects that other others don't, therefore we give priority to less popular causes which are more difficult to raise funds for..... we prioritise the areas of environment, animal protection and human rights. Ideally, we like to fund projects which genuinely wouldn't happen otherwise.

We support non-violent direct action because we feel it plays an important part in bringing about positive social change. Non-violent direct action includes protests and demonstrations, non-cooperation and other non-violent interventions.....

We ..... strongly prioritise and give larger grants to projects which aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, activism, education and campaigning.

As well as challenging harmful practices it's important to also create positive alternatives. Therefore, we also look for projects that promote and implement real, positive solutions to the world's problems.

We look for initiatives that reach beyond those directly involved in the project; those that have the potential to benefit many rather than just a few individuals."

The Scott Trust Charitable Foundation


Proposals which answer the following criteria will be considered for support:
Independent journalism
Media literacy
Journalistic training
Journalistic ethics

Training projects will be expected to conform to professional standards.
Where core funding is requested, a detailed business plan showing long term project outcomes must accompany the application.

Funding grants £100,000 per year has been committed by the Foundation to the fund. While there is no strict minimum or maximum amount for grants, individual grants of more than £10,000 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. If your project requires significant funding, it may still be considered but it would be useful to give a guide in your proposal as to what can be achieved with a range of funding levels.

Esmee Fairbairn (all year)

Is there a new-sounding thing we can do with VCJ training which would attract them?

Is the university tour (humanities/creatives / geeks dating) possible?
Building active citizens - not dreamers but doers so speed dating
Arts tour - using templates
Capture the wisdom of the Occupy movement?

Building the next generation of campaigners. Find competent people, nurture them and throw them in projects and causes. How to measure success: certificate delivered after this project / partner with university for accreditation building an online profile system for ngos?

Within our four areas of interest – the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society – we will prioritise work that:

Addresses a significant gap in provision
Develops or strengthens good practice
Challenges convention or takes a risk in order to address a difficult issue
Tests out new ideas or practices
Takes an enterprising approach to achieving its aims
Sets out to influence policy or change behaviour more widely.

Social Change currently accounts for over half the Foundation’s Main Fund grant-making, totalling £16.6 million in 2011 and £45.1 million over the last four years. Our interest in social change spans a wide range of voluntary sector activity.

Our approach to funding work in this area is flexible and needs based and we do not make grants according to a priority list of topics or beneficiary groups. We try to be responsive and base our decisions on whether the proposed work does some of the following: Tackles institutional barriers to genuine participation in society. Redresses unfairness, injustice and inequality. Explores ways to change 'the system' (e.g. to do things better, to be more just, to reach more people, to save money). Deals with problems in the round without creating 'silos'. Confronts causes not symptoms.

We also favour organisations/ideas that:

Are practical and even deceptively simple Are creative in how they achieve results, as when activities have multiple benefits or create virtuous circles Are doing solid, successful work or deliver new solutions to long-standing, and seemingly intractable, problems.

Our funding has supported organisations combating domestic violence, upholding the rights of looked after children and people who have been trafficked for labour or sexual exploitation as well as those helping ex-prisoners successfully re-integrate back into society. We have also made grants for work that improves the policy environment and strengthens democratic institutions. In essence our interests in Social Change are in addressing the needs of people in society who suffer the effects of institutional injustice or those who have not enjoyed the kinds of opportunities in life that many of us take for granted.

Awards for all - any time, answer in 6 weeks
"A simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000.

The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. To do this we want to fund projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:

Possible criterion 1:// People have better chances in life - with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.

Possible project: - Hyper-local London SRN / training - School booklet

Need a project around IT skills - seeting up your own media hub or something - becoming a "node"?

Possible criterion 2:// Need a project for citizen activists working together to solve their problems.

Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust

Deadline > Friday 22th June 2012. The Trust considers applications for major funding awards (applications over £6,000) only once a year at the January meeting. Application to be sent in hardcopy. R sent file to and asked for an application form. Project: Lefty version of the book
The Funding Network
Social work oriented

Possible project: - we could do the CJ training but we need to know how much they're offering

Next London event March 21st - need to be recommended by a member.

Address issues of inequality and disadvantage
Create advocacy, campaigning or dissemination with the potential to change society for the better
Wish to change attitudes, behaviour, laws and public policy
Attempt to find a new/better solution to an underlying problem
Focus on personal development to change the way beneficiaries act and live
Pilot solutions with the potential for expansion to support many more people

David and Elaine Potter

Need a personal introduction.
The "big project". Global citizen news network? Federated open media network? ----------------------------------------------------------
Network for Social Change

Possible project: University tours

Ask MB to look at it, and post to their site in March with a view to being submitted in September.

1. Check if we can meet their interests.
2. The re-boot - leads to a big enough project to go for this
3. Contacts - networking and lobbying with members from, say, May onwards. Contact Polly in Oxford and try to arrange a meeting.

Main funding cycle:

Amount: £15k Deadline: Beginning of September Categories: Arts and Education for Change, Economic Justice, Green Planet, Health and Wholeness, Human Rights, and Peace. NB Have to be proposed by a member.

Major projects:

Normally put together by a group of members for submission in September. Current grants are between £40k and £500k over a period of between 3 and 6 years.

To come to the attention of NSC members, you can post a submission which stays up for 6-9 months at

Fast track funding:

15 or 20 grants of £5k pledged at conferences twice a year.

Project in Honduras - 45k euros per year over 3 years

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