Kickstarter: funding your project

An interesting platform for obtaining funds for your project is at Kickstarter. Say you’re a local community history group, and you have a great idea for a project using Omeka to showcase some fascinating aspect of your region, but you need funds to hire someone to set it up for you. That kind of microproject probably wouldn’t attract the regular funding sources… but maybe the people browsing the projects on Kickstarter can help.  On Kickstarter, you describe your project. People pledge funds. If you get enough pledges to reach your target, the money is sent to you.

Seems to me it might be an interesting way of funding and promoting local archaeological projects to. Search ‘history’ in their current list of projects, and you’ll find projects such as:

Bring historical thinking and creative fun to kids in rural Georgia through make-believe, music, and games, and get a signed copy of Annette’s book!

$2,046 pledged
136% funded
successful
or,

Visually exploring and documenting significant historic industrial sites in the greater Pittsburgh area – using low altitude aerial photography

$424 pledged
141% funded
successful
It’s only open to American projects at the moment… but worth checking out!

Digital Media and Learning Competition: a digital archaeology moment?

The following appeared on my ‘discussion’ page this morning:

We would like you and your readers to consider applying for and to help get out the word about our second (2008 HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition. It’s a $2 Million Competition. Focus: Participatory Learning
Application Deadline: October 15, 2008
Full information at: http://www.dmlcompetition.net
Awards will be made in two categories:

Innovation in Participatory Learning Awards support large-scale digital learning projects
$30,000-$250,000

Young Innovator Awards are targeted at 18-25 year olds
$5,000-$30,000

Full information at: http://www.dmlcompetition.net

I would be interested in putting in an application for myself, but the thought occurs: there are a lot of digital media/archaeology types out there, with great ideas and motivation, but not so much funding perhaps. Why don’t we put together a collaborative proposal?