The Abbottsfield Music Program (AMP) works with neighborhood schools and service organizations to offer music lessons at no cost to at-risk and disadvantaged youth. AMP was awarded funding in 2014 for their pay-it-forward Idea.

Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATIONS PHASE

1. WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE FIELD LAW COMMUNITY FUND PROGRAM?

Participants can either be individuals, groups or organizations. Both registered and non-registered charities are eligible to participate. Participants in the Program must, if an individual, be residents of Canada to participate in the Program and reside in a Community Market (Alberta or Northwest Territories). If an organization or group wants to participate in the Program, they must designate a sole contact to represent them. You are not eligible to participate if you are a resident of Quebec. There is no purchase necessary to participate in the Program.

 

2. WHICH AREAS OF ALBERTA ARE INCLUDED IN THE NORTHERN/SOUTHERN COMMUNITY MARKETS?

The Province of Alberta Community Market is divided into Northern and Southern Alberta. The Northern Alberta (Edmonton) Community Market is all of Alberta north of the City of Red Deer. The Southern Alberta (Calgary) Community Market includes the City of Red Deer and south.

 

3. DO I HAVE TO BE A REGISTERED CHARITY TO PARTICIPATE?

No, you do not have to be a registered charity to participate.

 

4. HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE IN EACH COMMUNITY MARKET?

A total of $75,000 will be divided among our Community Markets as follows: $30,000 in total will be distributed in the Southern Alberta (Calgary) Community Market; $30,000 in the Northern Alberta (Edmonton) Community Market; and $15,000 in Northwest Territories (Yellowknife) Community Market.

 

5. WHAT IS THE APPLICATION CRITERIA?

Each submission must:

  • Positively impact the Community Market in which it is located
  • Clearly define the purpose for the funds requested and how the money will be managed for the duration of the implementation of the initiative
  • Not have been previously awarded funding for the same Idea from the Field Law Community Fund Program
  • Have a measurable impact in the community by 2017
  • Be an Idea for a designated new project where funding is not just added into existing operational and overhead accounts

 

6. IF I SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION IN A PREVIOUS YEAR, CAN I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AGAIN?

YES: If you are submitting the same Idea as a previous year and you never received funding from us.

YES: If you are submitting a completely new Idea.

NO: If you are submitting the same Idea as previous year and you received funding from the Field Law Community Fund Program.

For more information please refer to our Rules page.

 

7. WHAT DOES MY PITCH NEED TO SAY?

  • What is your Idea? Tell us your story—provide some background on your initiative or organization. Explain how the requested funds will be used in relation to your Idea
  • Who will it benefit? Describe the groups or individuals who will be directly impacted by your initiative and how
  • Provide a detailed proposal of how the awarded money will be managed. Outline a cost breakdown or timeline of how the funds will be used and who will be responsible for managing the funds
  • A picture says a thousand words. Include up to three photos of your project to help us understand your projects impact

 

Suggestions for Ideas from submissions that have won funding

Ideas that are typically funded tend to have a number of elements in common. We suggest keeping the below in mind when submitting your application.

Ideas that:

  • Are clear, concise and well-written
  • Contain pictures that clearly support the Idea
  • Are a self-contained Idea, i.e. the Idea is a well-defined project
  • Can be fully funded, or partial elements can by fully funded, by winning proceeds
  • Have clear indication of how funds will be budgeted

 

8. I SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION, WHAT NEXT?

All applications will be reviewed to ensure the Eligibility, Rules and Regulations have been met. Qualified applicants and Ideas will advance to the public online voting stage of the Program on May 15, 2017 and will be posted to the website on that day. From there, you will have until June 15, 2017 to get your networks involved in voting for your Idea!


VOTING PHASE

1. I QUALIFIED FOR THE VOTING STAGE. WHAT NOW?

Now is the time to engage your network and spread the word. Share your idea with others and encourage them to vote on our website before June 15, 2017. Follow Field Law on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn for Program updates and shareable content.

 

2. DO ONLINE VOTES COUNT WHEN THE JUDGES DECIDE THE WINNING RECIPIENTS?

Each Community Market Judging Panel (“Panel”) will consider a submission’s number of online votes; however, the final decision lies with the Panel.

 

3. OUR STAFF IS TRYING TO VOTE AND THE WEBSITE HAS BEEN BLOCKED. HOW DO WE FIX THIS?

The problem is likely due to a firewall or network issue. It may be the result of a high volume of site visits to the one IP address. Please consult with your IT support team. In the meantime, we encourage you to vote from home or use your mobile device to ensure that votes come from a separate IP address.

 

4. CAN WE VOTE MORE THAN ONCE FOR OUR PROJECT?

You can vote multiple times for your project, but only one vote per device.


AWARDS PHASE

1. WHO JUDGES THE SUBMISSIONS?

Each Community Market Judging Panel will be comprised of members drawn from Field Law and that Community Market. If you are interested in participating on the Panel, please contact Rebecca at rwalkemeyer@fieldlaw.com by May 31, 2017.

 

2. IF I WANT TO BE ON ONE OF THE COMMUNITY MARKET JUDGING PANELS, WHAT WOULD BE THE COMMITMENT?

Regarding work load and meetings we anticipate a judge’s commitment to be as follows:

  • Online voting starts May 15, 2017 and we would anticipate that a judge review the online postings for their Community Market during the online voting period
  • Judges should not participate in the online voting nor have made, or have been part of, any application in the year that they are going to judge
  • Judges will receive the summary package of qualified applicants for their local Community Market and must be prepared to provide an initial ranking of applicants and possible fund allocation in advance of convening with the panel. Time anticipated from 2 – 4 hours
  • Meet with the relevant Panel to finalize winners and amounts awarded approximately one week prior to the Community Markets winners announcement. Time anticipated from 1-2 hours
  • Be present at the awards ceremony to help present winners if possible

 

3. WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?

Each Community Market Panel will use the following criteria to judge submissions:

  1. Community impact. How much will the community benefit from this Idea? How many people will benefit?  Will the community embrace the Idea?  How much of a ‘ripple’/’pay it forward’ effect will there be?
  2. Falls under the following areas:  Education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports or arts and culture
  3. Idea is clearly presented, practical and achievable within the time frame allotted.  If the Idea is presented by an individual or informal group, is there a clear accounting for the management of the money awarded
  4. The funds are going to be directly used for new community Ideas and not just added into existing operational and overhead accounts
  5. Originality
  6. Number of online votes: Panels will consider the number of votes when awarding funding, but ultimately, the decision lies with the Panels

 

4. HOW DO I KNOW IF OUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN CHOSEN FOR FUNDING?

Finalists will be determined by each Panel using judging criteria and factoring in online votes. The winners in each market will be contacted prior to the awarding of the funds to answer their skill-testing question. Awarding of funds will take place in the below cities for each Community Market, after which the results will be posted online:

Calgary (July 5, 2017)
Yellowknife (July 14, 2017)
Edmonton (July 20, 2017)

Field Law may invite you to a personal presentation of awarded funds.

 

5. IF MY IDEA IS SELECTED, WHAT NEXT?

Funding will be presented to you (and your beneficiary) at a Field Law hosted event. Notice will appear online and we will announce your winning Idea to various audiences.

You can then move forward with the implementation of your Idea.

 

6. FUTURE UPDATES

We encourage you to send us photos and updates on your progress. To continue to promote your Idea we will reach out in the coming years for testimonials, photos and updates to display on your Idea page.