ENGLISH 12: ARTS, ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL CHANGE.
Grant or Proposal
OBJECTIVE: The objective is this project to begin to make the move from identifying societal problems to taking steps towards active change. Try to make your proposal about something you feel strongly about, while still being doable.
Below is a suggested format to structure your proposal. The Proposal should be 8-10 pages long. If they are truly and actually relevant, you may include images, but you still need at least 7 full pages of text.
Title: Title our Proposal and use Subheadings. This helps the reader hone in on important information. However, the format should not detract from the power of your voice and ideas. You make some changes in Sub-headings, but address all important information.
Make your title specific and unique. (For example, a student called his “The Blackboard: A Community Billboard Project Depicting the African-American Experience.”)
Abstract (Similar to a cover letter or Summary): begin the proposal with a clear, concise nutshelled page of your project. In brief, include the who, what, why, and where. Though short, the summary should treat your project with dignity and specificity.
Background of Issues: What is the genesis of the project? Explain what forces caused you to think of it (without expanding on the project itself). If social or political issues are involved, articulate what they are.
Concept of Project: Here is why you describe what the project actually is, not just the justification for it. Focus on what you will actually do and how. Of particular interest is how your project responds to a need in the community.
Role of Community/ Community Involvement: define “Community” relative to your piece. Explore how the community will be involved and how they will participate. Participation can come in many forms, at many stages of the process. Try to locate an actual place and demographic.
Implementation: consider location and materials. Try to think of location in the context of your concept and background issues. Also, what will be your process and methods? Process is as important as product. Describe the Steps of the process to make your conceptual art or org. happen.
Follow-Up: What resources will be provided for the community for after the project is over? Identify existing community resources or what kinds of interviews you might use to record the results. Will you have a website, yearly visits, town hall, or collect formal data for politicians or academics.
Funding Source/s: If you are seeing funds, where will you try to find them? Be as specific as you can, and ask for reasonable funds. Some projects might not require funds.
Concluding Thoughts: Your project matters. Remind us why. Passion in this sections counts. Not fake passion, but real passion, or irony, or provocation. After all, your project is exploring important, under-discussed, or interesting questions.
Bring us back to what these are.