OSA FoundationIf you're a past OSA student and you want to make a positive difference to society, we want to help! The OSA Foundation offers support to projects which our alumni are passionate about. Learn more about the Foundation and how to get involved below.
What is the OSA Foundation?
We know that OSA alumni go on to change the world, in a whole variety of ways.
As part of our on-going commitment to helping our students be incredible citizens of the world, we want to do something to help them, by offering them a chance for ongoing advice, publicity, and funding for things they go on to do.
Apply Below!If you are one of our OSA alumni, read on to find out how to apply for support from our Foundation.
How does it work?
We have set aside a maximum of £10,000 in 2018-19 to go towards our goal of making the world a better place.
Of this money £2,000 will go to charities, and the potential remaining £8,000 will be used to fund projects suggested by our alumni who are involved with them in some way. While we are able to give larger sums to help fund a project set up by an OSA student, we are also more than happy to consider causes to which our alumni have no official ties, but which they are dedicated to supporting. In this case we would ask that you are able to show evidence of this e.g. previous fundraising done for a charity, or voluntary work undertaken.
Our funding structure is as follows:
- ‘Do it’ fund: for alumni to set up a new project, and get it off the ground. Grants from this fund are worth up to £500
- ‘Grow it’ fund: to grow an established project (set up by OSA alumni), which has already seen results, and to enable it to widen its scope. Grants from this fund are worth up to £1000
- ‘Support it’ fund: for projects not set up by alumni, but which they are dedicated to supporting. Grants from this fund are worth up to £250
You can apply for funding by filling in the form below, and all successfully shortlisted applications will then be voted on by our alumni and wider community. If your project meets our threshold of likes, we will be able to support you with funding.
(Please be aware that while we will try to consider any reasonable cause, OSA has the final decision on whether or not causes will be considered for support.)
Where does the money come from?
As we grow as an organisation through alumni referrals and a widening network of word-of-mouth advertising, we have the ability to add more money to our Foundation. Therefore, for every student who comes to OSA 2019 having been referred by one of our previous students we will add another £100 to the total available, to a maximum of £10,000. The more we grow, the more we can help you!
Does your project make a genuine difference to the world?
Will our community be inspired to support it?
Are you passionate about it?
If yes, you are eligible to apply for support!
The Application Process Explained:
1. Applications open on 15th January and close on 15th February 2019. In your application, please tell us:
- What problem your project is hoping to solve
- How your project will make a positive impact
- What steps your project will take to be successful
- Your goals and targets for your project
- A breakdown of how the funding will be used
- What the long-term plans for your project are.
- Once applications close, our selection panel will check your project meets the criteria (see above). If it does, your project will join the shortlist and be voted on by our community. We will let you know whether your project has been shortlisted by 22nd February
- Voting begins on 22nd February and ends 22nd March
- Any project that receives more than 250 votes will be eligible to receive funding from us, and we’ll be announcing which projects have met that threshold on the 22nd March.
Applications for this round of funding are currently open.
We love to hear about what our alumni have gone on to be involved in, and the causes which are important to you, so don’t hesitate to apply! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Izzy on firstname.lastname@example.org.