Applying for project support
IMHA partners are encouraged to submit projects. Projects should have some relationship with the goals and passions of the partner. The following application form should be filled out in as much detail as possible. Once completed, it must be submitted to the IMHA agent who must approve it before submitting it to the IMHA board. It will not be looked at if it is not in English. An online translator can be used but the partner should have an Anglophone read it before submitting it to IMHA.
The IMHA board will either approve, disapprove or ask for further details. Board meetings occur twice a year, in April and in October. The project will then go up on the partner website. Funds are collected through the IMHA network. Once 50% of the funds have been raised, 30% will be sent to the partner. Funds will be then be sent monthly. The amount sent will cover the partner’s expense the previous month.
The monthly reports include the following: (1) a financial report (revenue and expenses), (2) a narrative telling us where you are at in the project including the positives and the challenges, and (3) pictures or video. Failure to submit reports, or submitting incomplete reports, will impact the partner’s confidence score. A partner with a low score will have trouble funding their projects in the long-term where as a high score will influence the IMHA network positively.
It is understood that the budget may be difficult to follow. If the partner is unable to follow the budget, this must be included in the narratives. Inability to follow the budget will impact the partner’s confidence score but a good and reasonable explanation will give a chance for the partner to redeem a good score.
What does it mean to be realistic?
First, IMHA must have confidence in you. If you are just beginning a relationship with IMHA, a large project is unlikely going to pass. Start small and build up your confidence score. Second, what you do as a project must be consistent with what you have done before and the skills that you possess. Branching off into a new area should only happen with good reason and with a high confidence score. Third, we will post your project with your budget. So if you budget too high without adequate explanation, don’t think that you will get even a portion of the funding. The IMHA network will not give you any funding if they have no confidence in you. It is up to you to build this confidence.
Being realistic is important because if you are not realistic, not only will you have problems getting the IMHA board to approve your project, you will also affect your ability to post projects in the future. In addition, if your project is approved and you fail to achieve your project goals of follow your budget, then your confidence score will go down and, again, you will have difficulty posting any further projects. We expect all our partners to be realistic.