What is Project LOVEly?

What is Project LOVEly? Project LOVEly is a new grant-giving venture from This Star Won't Go Out. Project LOVEly seeks to inspire young people to actions that reflect the "Esther Effect," instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in their communities.

 

Since 2011, TSWGO has worked passionately to reduce stress for families facing childhood cancer through giving financial grants. While we are proud to say we have given out over $450,000 in grants, what amazes us is that the majority of this sum has been raised by young people who have caught our vision, and who have said with Esther “we just want to make a difference in the world.”  We started calling this the Esther Effect and began to wonder how much more these friends could do given the opportunity.

 

Thanks to generous donors, Project LOVEly is launching on Esther Day, August 3, 2017, turning dreams into reality.  This year Project LOVEly will make it possible for two young people between the ages of 13-30 to turn their creative ideas into practical, hands-on actions that reflect advocacy and service, and make the world a better place.  Selected applicants will be matched with a skilled mentor, provided with a $5000 budget, and encouraged in their project throughout the grant year.

 

Applications for grants are open from August 30-September 30, 2017. Projects should have a clear focus and mission and be implemented between October 2017 to June 2018.  Each grant recipient will be expected to prepare a video of their project for the Project LOVEly celebration on June 21, 2018. 

John Green announces Esther Day and Project Lovely

Our Story

The birth of Project LOVEly has grown out of the too short but well-lived life of Esther Grace Earl. Even as a young girl, Esther loved books, and was an avid Harry Potter fan. When she was just 12, Esther was diagnosed with metastasized papillary thyroid cancer, with extensive tumors already in her lungs. Over the next few years, Esther faced a variety of medical treatments, yet she found new avenues for meaning, investing herself in growing internet friendships that at times spilled into real life, creating videos and a cyber presence as @crazycrayon.  She embraced her self-proclaimed nerdiness and oozed empathy as she dispensed advice, engaged in all-night talk fests, and found involvement in activism with the Harry Potter Alliance.  

 

Esther filled pages of journals and letters with her thoughts, wishes, and hopes.  She drew pictures of things she loved, and wrote poems about things she didn’t understand. At the same time, she longed do something meaningful with her life.  When the HPA had a chance to win a $250,000 grant, she threw her efforts into helping them win votes. Assisted by her author friend, John Green, the HPA won! For Esther, it felt like a crowning achievement.

Esther livestreamed into HPA Award Ceremony

Esther livestreamed into HPA Award Ceremony

Esther was empowered by the act of making a difference.  Since 2011, This Star Won’t Go Out has been giving out grants to families facing the financial challenges that accompany childhood cancer.  We’ve been able to help hundreds of families.  And then we began to think of the power of creating another grant-giving program; one that would help other young people to implement their passions, and give them the support they needed to create projects that make their world a better place.

So here we are today, inviting you into our story!

Interested?

Grant Information

  • Grant applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 30, and reside in the USA for the duration of the project.

  • Application submissions are open 10 am August 30, 2017 until midnight on September 30, 2017.

  • Project proposals are intended to increase awesome in the world, and spread the “Esther Effect.”

  • Projects should be doable with a $5000 budget; those with a sustainability model built in are preferred.

  • Two winners will be chosen by October 10, 2017.

  • Applicant agrees to have their work reviewed and publicized by TSWGO.

  • Minors must submit a release form signed by a legal guardian.

Timeline

August 3rd, 2017

Announcement of Project LOVEly.

August 30th

Applications Open.

September 30th

Applications Closed at midnight.

Rolling - October 10th

Applications Reviewed by Committee.

October 10th

Notify winners (confirm acceptance); identify mentors.

October 15th

Announce two 2017-2018 Grant Winners.

October 15th - June 15th

Project Lovely In Action.

June 20th - June 23rd

Vidcon/Celebration of Project LOVEly.

August 3rd, 2018

Start All Over Again!!

Apply

The application is on a Google Form and must be completed in one sitting.  Your information will only be saved after you finish the form and click "submit." Be sure to save your work on a separate document in case you need to stop part way through; that will make redoing the application much easier.  We will confirm receipt of your application, along with a copy for your records.  For questions or to submit supplemental files, email us at info@projectlovely.org.

 

F.A.Q.

What is Project LOVEly?

Project LOVEly is a grant-giving project that seeks to inspire young people to actions that reflect the "Esther Effect," instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in their communities. The goal of Project LOVEly is assisting young people to actions that reflect advocacy and service by helping turn their ideas into practical, hands-on projects. Selected applicants will be matched with a skilled mentor, provided with a $5000 budget, and encouraged throughout the grant year.

Am I eligible for a Project LOVEly grant?

Young people with an idea that they are passionate about seeing become a reality to create awesome in the world can apply, as long as they are between the ages of 13-30 and reside in the United States.

When do I apply? What is the application deadline?

The application opens at 10am EST August 30, 2017 and closes at midnight EST on September 30, 2017.

Can I submit a video as part of my application?

Yes! Any supporting material are welcome. Videos up to 5 minutes in length can be submitted in addition to the application. Videos and supporting material should be sent as an attachment to info@projectlovely.org

When do I find out if my proposals been accepted?

Grant winners will be notified October 10, 2017, accepting their grant by October 14, 2017. They will be publically announced October 15, 2017

What happens if my proposal is accepted?

If your proposal is selected, Project LOVEly will help by matching each winner with a skilled mentor, providing you with a $5000 budget to initiate your project, and walking with you throughout the year to see it successfully implemented. Those with a sustainability model built in are preferred. Projects should range from October 15 to June 15. Grant winners will be invited to present their projects at Vidcon 2018!

When do I receive the grant?

Allocation of monies, of grants up to $5000, will be given out as needed, based on the project’s goals and individual evaluation of the project timeline.

How do I find a mentor?

Project LOVEly will match you with a professional mentor whose skills align with the project you are working on.

What if I already have a mentor?

If you have a mentor in mind that you would like to work with, they will need to complete a Mentor Application. Mentors must also submit to a background check.

What if I’m under 18 years old?

In addition to the application, you will need to submit the Consent Form for Minors in order for your application to be reviewed. Parents or guardians must mail this form to the following address (must be postmarked before September 30, 2017) This Star Won’t Go Out, Attn: Project Lovely, 118 Billings Street, Quincy MA 02171

Can a group apply for the grant?

Applications can be submitted by either individuals or a group. If more than one person is involved in the project, one person should be designated as the group leader for the project.

What types of projects qualify for a grant?

The parameters are broad and open ended. Projects should reflect advocacy and service by helping turn proposals into practical, hands-on projects, by instilling hope, creating spaces of awesome, and demonstrating love in your community.

Can I get a grant for an existing project?

While the focus of Project LOVEly is the implementation of new projects, you are welcome to submit applications for projects that may already be under way. These applications are determined on a case-by-case basis.

How long do I have to complete the project?

Projects should be developed throughout the duration of October 15, 2017 and June 15, 2018. This is for the purpose of awarding a Project LOVEly Grant, but projects that continue on after this deadline are encouraged and recommended!

What is the grant timeline?

Projects should be developed throughout the duration of October 15, 2017 and June 15, 2018. Allocation of monies, of grants up to $5000, will be given out as needed, based on the project’s timeline and individual evaluation of the project timeline.

How do I show my project work?

A video of your project’s development and implementation should be submitted by June 15, 2018. This video will shown during our celebration event at Vidcon 2018.

What happens when I’ve completed the project?

Our hope is that Project LOVEly will have helped you launch a project that keeps on giving! On June 15, you will be expected to submit a video to share what you have accomplished. You will also have the opportunity to share about your work during our Project Lovely Celebration at Vidcon 2018. We hope that you will have learned skills and had experiences that will change your life!

Do I need to submit a budget with my application?

Yes! Describe how much funding you anticipate needing to complete this project. Please provide specific dollar amounts and detail how you would use this grant money.

What is meant by a "sustainability model"?

By sustainability we’re referring to projects that have a long term impact. This could happen one of two ways: (1) the proposed project might intend to continue, with the grant being the "kick starter" for the project; or (2) the project might be intended as a model that can be duplicated--either by the creator, or by others.