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2010 Catalyst Grant Recipients Announced!

Joi Ito, September 9th, 2010

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the recipients of the first CC Catalyst Grants Program. Out of a grant pool consisting of more than 130 applications, seven projects have been selected for awards up to $10,000 each, to catalyze projects that contribute to the commons.

Thanks to your generous support during the Catalyst Grants campaign, we raised almost $50,000, 100% of which will directly fuel the grant awards.

The applicant pool offered an impressive array of project ideas from around the world. We couldn’t be happier with the turnout and fantastic proposals from a variety of fields. Although we unable to fund more proposals this time around, we hope to run the program again next year and leverage our experience to raise a larger pool of funds so we can do still more. We also learned a lot about what makes a strong proposal and will share these guidelines with the community.

We encourage you to take a look at the remaining grant pool, and if a project catches your eye, you can leave the team a note on the wiki discussion page. Many projects are seeking specific expertise or support and would welcome the opportunity to work with others to make their idea a reality.

An enormous thank-you goes to the Catalyst Grants Review Committee, comprised of regional representatives nominated by CC Project Leads. Thank you, Hiram Meléndez Juarbe (Puerto Rico), Bassel Safadi (Syria), Paul Keller (Netherlands), Paul Kiwehlo (Tanzania), Jane Hornibrook (New Zealand), as well as Chiaki Hayashi (Asia Projects Coordinator) and the CC staff members for your thoughtful review. This process benefitted from your generous input.

Thank you as well to all the applicants for your efforts and great ideas, and thank you to those who supported the fundraising campaign that made this all possible.

With no further ado, here are the recipients of this year’s CC Catalyst Grants Program funds:

3 Responses to “2010 Catalyst Grant Recipients Announced!”

  1. Buzz says:

    Well, the review took twice as long and you gave out 1/2 as much – of course with no provided feedback or notes! What ever happened to openness and sharing?

    I think I now have an idea for another proposal – “How to run a grant funding program!”

    Sincerely

    p.s. 7/133 = 5% hahahaha!

  2. TJ says:

    It is a nice thing for CC to start a program such as this to help others contribute to the commons. I believe there will be many more start ups and organizations out there who will benefit from this program in the future

    To the winners, congrats and do make the best use of the grant for the best of all. To those who didn’t make it, don’t let this be an obstacle to your project, keep trying and good luck!

  3. “Buzz” — sorry you’re disappointed. Check out http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Grant_Writing for some lessons learned.