Certain civic hack projects need funding in order to be effective and successful, such as projects involving hardware, a very large amount of coding effort, work that requires hiring someone with skills not available on the project team, or contract funding for a city or county to make essential data available in a useful format.
The Knight Prototype Fund (KPF) is one option for seed funding on certain unique and impactful civic hacks. My earlier post “Appleton Challenge: Submit Civic Hack Idea To Knight Prototype Fund By May 15” encouraged NE Wisconsin residents to submit a proposal for the recent KPF funding round which closed on May 15, 2015. At least two proposals were submitted to the KPF from our region for that round; we’re waiting to hear if either will move forward in the competition for funding approval.
Click here for more info about the KPF program.
Click here to apply by August 17.
Click here to see projects the Knight Foundation has funded.
|Knight Foundation grant project|
In addition to the KPF funding option for NE Wisconsin civic hacks, there are other potential funding sources. Some alternatives are:
- National, state or regional grant organizations.
- Local grant organizations, like the Community Foundation For The Fox Valley Region.
- NE Wisconsin companies and civic organizations.
- Local philanthropists and community leaders.
- Crowdfunding services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
NE Wisconsin Civic Hacker Calls To Action
- Refine or develop an interesting civic hack project and submit a proposal to the Knight Prototype Fund by August 17.
- Email me if you want to work on formal or informal grant proposals for NE Wisconsin civic hacks; bwaldron (at) gmail [dott] com.
- Email me if you know of good funding sources other than the Knight Prototype Fund for civic hacking projects.
- Email me if you want to provide financial support for general or specific NE Wisconsin civic hacks.
(For people who read this blog post because they were interested in finding out how civic hacking and government open data can generate income or save money, I’m working on a future post that explores the economic value and profit potential of civic hacks.)
Additional resources relevant to funding civic hacks: