The Ministry of Justice’s Innovation Fund is once again open for bids. The purpose and ethos of the fund is as follows, in the MoJ’s own words:
We want more people to participate in our democracy, and we want you to come up with ways to make this happen.
Now we want to support projects that you will run to help people to address public issues and influence government.
If you can think of a way to get people talking, we’d like to hear it. We have £150,000 available to develop about ten proposals.
The way the fund is being administered this year encourages a more innovative and collaborative approach in itself as the call for ideas has taken place in an open format, and is now open online for submission and discussion. The process will work in three stages:
1) Upload your ideas to the website and discuss them online – there is an opportunity to colloaborate on ideas, strengthen initial bids and build partnerships at this stage.
2) Continuation of online discussion through September, with a possible event scheduled in during this month. Formal applications are invited to be submitted before 4pm on 26th September
3) The selection panel makes its decision in the second week of October
Check out: www.buildingdemocracy.co.uk to upload your ideas and for further info.