JOLT’S COMMUNITY GRANT

GET PEOPLE TOGETHER TO LEARN.
WE’LL HELP YOU PAY FOR IT.

Get 30 people together for a group learning session and you may qualify for a Jolt Community Grant

WHY ARE WE DOING IT?

Jolt’s mission is to turn learning into a lifelong habit — and we do that by allowing professionals to always be learning.

WHAT WILL WE FUND?

CREATING POSITIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES

e.g., initiate learning experiences that helps the ones touched by them to advance professionally (meet-up, talks, learning clubs)

COMMUNITY BUILDING

e.g., opportunities that bring people together for learning purposes
(The opportunity must be directly related to your ability to promote ‘learning as a habit’ in your field.)

BRIDGING GEOGRAPHICAL BARRIERS

e.g., opportunities that extends beyond your geographical proximity, and help promote lifelong learning among less-privileged communities around the world.
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FAQ

What are Jolt Micro Grants?

Jolt Micro Grants are small, one-time-only, reimbursements given to our Founding Members for community projects that involve group learning. The Micro Grants projects are designed and implemented by the community groups themselves, not by Jolt. They are awarded on a competitive basis - Jolt will decide which proposal best meet its guidelines, and are most deserving of the limited funds available.

Who is eligible to apply for a Jolt Micro Grant?

If you are a Jolt Founding Member, you are eligible to apply. (Note: Currently, the only point of entry into Jolt’s Founding Members Club is by invitation from a Jolt team member, and meeting the club’s qualifying criteria. Jolt has full discretion in approving any grant, and receipt of the grant is subject to further confirmation of eligibility.)

How much money can I apply for under the Jolt Micro Grants program in a given year?

Founding Members are able to apply for up to £1,500 in Micro Grants per calendar year,* provided that no funding request is below £500; and * Starting from January of the calendar year that follows the year in which one was inducted in to Jolt’s Founding Members Club. For the duration of the year in which one joins the Founding Members Club, one is eligible for up to £1,500 in Jolt Micro Grants.

How many times can I apply for a Jolt Micro Grant in a calendar year?

You may request funding by way of Jolt Micro Grants as many times as you need, PROVIDED you have not yet received an amount totaling £1,500 for such year AND you have not been granted the maximum of three grants per year.

In the context of Jolt Micro Grants, what is the definition of “calendar year”?

A “calendar year” is January 1 to December 31 of any given year. However, please note that applications for Jolt Micro Grants from the current year's funding pool must be submitted by November 30.

When should I apply for an Jolt Micro Grant?

Jolt Micro Grant applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between January 1 and November 30. You must apply at least 14 business days before your project's start date. If you apply with fewer than 14 business days to go, your application will be rejected automatically. * To help you avoid disappointment and plan properly, we encourage you to apply well in advance of your opportunity!

Can I use the total annual Jolt Micro Grant allotment towards one project/opportunity?

Yes. You may use a maximum of £1,500 towards any approved opportunity in a calendar year, that further your ability to promote ‘learning as a habit’ and create positive group learning experiences.

Can a Jolt Micro Grant cover the entire cost of my project/opportunity?

While not an absolute requirement, applications that demonstrate your intention to cover some of the costs of the opportunity with your own funds will be viewed favorably. We want to help you grow, but we also want to see that you value this opportunity enough to commit to it personally.

What are some examples of opportunities that Jolt Micro Grants can cover?

  • Creating positive learning experiences – e.g., initiate learning experiences that helps the ones touched by them to advance professionally (meet-up, talks, learning clubs)

  • Community Building – e.g., opportunities that bring people together for learning purposes

Bridging geographical barriers – e.g., opportunities that extends beyond your geographical proximity, and help promote lifelong learning among less-privileged communities around the world.

Note that for ‘community building’ Micro Grants, the opportunity must be directly related to your ability to promote ‘learning as a habit’ in your field.

What will Jolt Micro Grants NOT cover?

This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some examples of what Jolt Micro Grants will not cover:

  • Travel to self-organized meetings, even if related to your project/venture
  • Salaries
  • Food & beverages
  • General tuition costs (for example, to subsidize an MBA or PhD program)
  • Event sponsorship
  • Transport and/or accommodation that is not directly connected to the Micro Grant opportunity
  • Purchase of hardware, software or other equipment
  • Ongoing business-related expenses (e.g., renting office space, long-term equipment rental, ongoing subscription fees for software, web hosting, association/membership fees, etc.)
  • Another individual’s (e.g., a colleague’s) expenses
  • Services that you are rendering to yourself, your organization or others (for example, grants cannot be paid for your time spent preparing for a presentation)
  • Services provided by a spouse or close family member
  • The development of a skill that’s not directly related to one of the three Micro Grant categories
  • Reunions or purely networking events
  • Legal work (for example, legal advice, litigation, etc.)

In what currency are Jolt Micro Grants awarded?

All grants are awarded in GBP.

If one of my applications is unsuccessful, can I still apply for another Jolt Micro Grant in the future?

Yep. An unsuccessful application does not preclude you from applying again and will not reduce your annual allotment.

What is the maximum allowable length of time for an Jolt Micro Grant project?

Jolt Micro Grant opportunities must be completed within six months. (in other words, the time between your project/opportunity start and end dates must not exceed 180 days).

Can I apply for funding for the upcoming year?

Yes. The opportunity to which a Jolt Micro Grant request relates must either begin in the year in which the request is granted or in the calendar year that immediately follows the date the request is submitted. For example, you can apply in 2018 for an opportunity that will place in 2019 but you cannot apply in 2018 for a conference that takes place in 2020.

Additionally, you cannot use a following year's grant funds for an opportunity that takes place in the current year (e.g., you cannot apply to use 2019 grant funds for an opportunity that takes place in 2018).

When will I receive my grant money?

AFTER you have COMPLETED your Jolt Micro Grant opportunity, you will need to submit the Jolt Micro Grant report form we will send you. Follow the instructions on the report form to submit relevant receipts and additional information. Once your report is approved, we can process your reimbursement.

When is my report due and what happens if it is overdue?

Your report is due on the date noted in your approval email, which is 30 days following the project end date identified in the application. Following this time, grants will be forfeited and no longer reimbursable unless an extension has been explicitly requested and approved by the Jolt Micro Grants team.

My Jolt Micro Grant experience involved other Founding Member. Can we submit a report together?

No. Each Founding Member must submit a separate report on his/her experience, and craft his/her reflection individually.

What if my Jolt Micro Grant report does not contain enough information about my experience?

You may be required to elaborate on your experience before your Jolt Micro Grant report can be approved. In such a case, a member of the Jolt Micro Grants team may be in touch with you to request more detail.

Will Jolt share the details of my Opportunity?

While we will not always choose to, Jolt reserves the right to share and use the content received in your report for its own needs, be it a PR, feature on the Jolt website or any other channel that is deemed relevant.

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