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Grantee FAQ

erikad profile image Erika Updated on ・4 min read

Below is information for Grant for the Web grantees. If you have grant-related questions that aren't covered here, feel free to ask in the comments.

What are Grant for the Web project reports?

Project reports are a way for the Program Team to keep up-to-date on your efforts, and they're also a public and open way for the larger web monetization community to understand what projects Grant for the Web is funding.

There are two kinds of project reports: progress (or interim) reports, which are collected mid-way through your project, and final reports, which are collected at the end of your project.

Reports have two parts: a public post published in the Web Monetization community that covers your progress, where you've struggled, and where you could use support, and a private financial update sent to the Program Team that covers how you've spent your grant money.

How do I file a public report?

Use this report template and publish it here in the Web Monetization community space.

Can I post my reports somewhere else?

Yes! You are welcome to cross-post your project reports on your own blog or anywhere else. However, reports must also be posted here in the Grant for the Web community space as a required part of your grant work.

How do I file my financial update?

Around the 2/3 mark of your project, we’ll email you a custom link with instructions. To complete this update you’ll need:

  1. The original budget you submitted with your application
  2. A link to your published progress report

We’ll also request a final financial report when your project is complete.

When do I file my reports?

Please file a progress report midway through your project. For a six-month project, we'd like to see your progress report in Month 4.

We expect you to file a final report within 30 days of completing your project. The approval of this final report by the Program Team concludes your grant work.

These are general guidelines for the Grant for the Web program. Please refer to your signed Grant Agreement for individual details on your project.

What are your expectations around reporting?

We would like an honest accounting about what you've achieved and where you struggled. The Web Monetization ecosystem is new, and Grant for the Web has intentionally funded experimental ideas. This means that in addition to your successes, we understand that you'll run into roadblocks and not everything will unfold as you planned. That's OK! We want to hear about the challenges you've faced so that others can learn from your experience and the overall Web Monetization ecosystem can evolve. You will not get in trouble if you have not achieved everything you set out to, provided you have made an honest effort.

Here is the report template.

I need help with formatting my report

Reports are written in Markdown, a simple language to help format text. If you are new to Markdown, check out our guide to Markdown.

When do I receive my additional payments?

The specific payout details are in each individual Grant Agreement contract. If your contract stipulates two or more payments, you must submit both your public progress reports and your private financial update to unlock your additional payments. You’ll also need to send us invoices for each installment.

Can I change my project plan?

We understand that your project will evolve as you are working on it. Here are the types of changes we need to know about and approve:

  • A reallocation of budget dollars across line items (for example, moving money originally allocated for travel to marketing). Please make a copy of this budget reallocation template, fill it out and email it to us.
  • A shift in the overall goals of your project or overall focus.
  • Changes to your milestones.
  • Significant changes within your timeline.

Please email us about these changes before they occur.

Can I get an extension?

Depending on the circumstances, we are prepared to consider no-cost extensions, which gives you additional time to finish your work, but no additional funding. To request a no-cost extension, make a copy of this no-cost extension template, add your details and email us.

Who is my contact person?

Some institutions require grantees to indicate a contact person from the granting organization. You may list Chris Lawrence, Senior Program Manager for Grant for the Web and/or Erika Drushka, Senior Program Manager for Grant for the Web. For all administrative inquiries, Ayesha Ware will be your contact and can be reached here.

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Lena Pagel

So helpful! Thanks!

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gFam

This is excellent! Thank you Erika!

Just a quick question... what does Grant for the Web consider the start date for the various projects? Was it the date of the public announcements of the different tiers, or when funds arrived in the project accounts? Or another date? I'm just asking so I can ensure I add Month 4 reporting in our project plan.

Thanks so much!

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Chris Lawrence

We consider the start date the effective date in the Grant Agreement Contract signed by both parties. But see the policy on no-cost extensions here as well about end dates. Glad you like the FAQ!

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gFam

Thanks! We don't think we'll need an extension at all, but it's great to know it exists! Thanks so much Chris!