Whether you want to paint a barn quilt for your own barn or organize a big community project, you have some planning to do. The Ontario Barn Quilt Team wants to help you get started. When you finish your project, we hope you will help a neighbouring community. Pay your Paint Forward and share your best tips and practices.
Gather your key supporters together and put the following on the agenda:
- Strategies to involve others in the project
- Proposal writing (draft, refinement, submission)
- Initial fund raising.
Choose project coordinator(s) with the capacity to organize:
- community volunteers (quilters, painters, story writers)
- public relations.
Bring a 'lead applicant' on board for fundraising activities. A lead applicant has the capacity to:
- prepare funding proposals and requests to sponsors
- assume responsibility for managing finances (receive funds, distribute payments)
- prepare financial reports to funders
- write thank you letters to sponsors.
Seek out potential sponsors and government funding programs. Proposal writing requirements:
- Lead applicant (contact, legal identity, profile/experience)
- Groups, organizations, and people who will carry out the project
- Matching donations and in kind contributions of labour, materials, and management.
Figure out the parameters of the project and write them down:
- Title, description, location
- Goals of the project and how these align with the objectives of the funding source
- Benefits and results of the project (for the community, for individuals)
- Recognition for the funder.