Imagine:In the year 2020, all citizens of every EU country will be able, as part of 1HOUR4EUROPE, to deliver a volunteer activity using dedicated funding. Let’s start: 1 city with a cross-sectoral partnership . All this with support of private sector funding. Impossible? Let us try first!
1H4EU offers EU citizens a tool to implement grass-roots community projects. It leaves the thinking attitude – “it would be cool if we..” and stimulates Europeans to think – “I have a project idea and tools to deliver it”. Nowadays EU is in the need of solutions, which use available resources and potentials. Limited ,nonflexible public funding is available mainly for projects that directly reach specific problems. It is a challenge to receive funding for local scale projects, which one can flexibly spend. It is due to cross-sector partnership and the idea to persuade businesses to donate into a common funding scheme an equivalent of 1 hour’s work of each of its staff, all packed in a CSR product, that there is a real chance to generate an alternative budget.
As part of the process of creating an innovative solution – we aim to have a ready prototype tested in a local environment of the City of Gdansk within one year. This includes the methodology of the accelerator of implementing the idea at local level, setting from establishing cross-sector partnership to the results of the ex post evaluation of the pilot project implemented in the context of the test quality growth of civic engagement. Parallel to the development of the prototype, foreign formal partnerships will be established, based the on the original prototype concept, ready within one year to implement the activity in their local environments. The result of a year’s work will be the model of creating cross-sector partnerships towards stimulating civil participation.
The project’s methodology is divided into 4 phases: 1-creation of local (Gdansk) prototype, 2-development and consultation of the project with foreign partners, 3/4-delivering the pilot project in 4 cities from 4 different countries as well as raising the awareness of the initiative at EU level.
a) formal launch of local partnerships in Gdansk
b) shaping the local prototype
c) building cross-sector partnerships
a)conducting a pilot scheme on a micro scale
b)evaluation and adjusting the prototype according to evaluation results
a)implementation of the project in Gdansk
b)distribution of the “concept” in 4 cities, including building of partnerships based on the prototype model with the involvement of local operators
a)delivering the project at international level
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
1. How to effectively fund a grant program for small community initiatives. 2. How to effectively present the value obtained from the project in a business environment. 3. What are the threats? How to avoid them?