How to Apply for an Adopt-a-Character Grant
The Adopt-a-Character program
supports the core
mission of the Unicode Consortium to improve
language support and preserve linguistic heritage through its grant program.
General Grant Guidelines and Process
Grant amounts typically range
from US$500 to $20,000, and work must be completed in 12 months or less. The
overall process includes:
- Letter of Inquiry.
A letter of inquiry sent to the Consortium with a description of the project
- AAC Response.
Response by an officer of the Consortium, typically within six weeks, either
requesting a detailed application proposal or notifying the applicant that
their project will not be considered at this time
- Detailed Application Proposal.
Grants are made throughout the
year. All approved grants will be assigned one or more project supervisors who
will monitor the work. There will be a formal review before payment is made.
If you have an idea for a proposal,
please send a letter of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of past grants:
Letter of Inquiry
A letter of inquiry must include a short description of the project, outlining the:
- Problem to be addressed
- Approach used
- Expected outcome and concrete deliverables, if applicable
- Timeline for the work, including milestones
Detailed Application Proposal
Include the following in your detailed proposal document:
- Name of applicant (with attached CV)
- Name of proposed project
- Description of project
Provide background on the problem
to be solved, the concrete steps proposed to approach the problem, and the
proposed outcome. Also, describe how the proposed outcome fits with the
Adopt-A-Character program goals.
- Proposed detailed timeline with concrete milestones
Break down the project budget into
milestones with costs, and justify how the figure for the costs was arrived at.
Grant payments will be made upon the completion of specific, planned milestones
and a formal review.
Collaborators and identification of any
intellectual property (IP) concerns, if applicable
References and letters of recommendation
Provide at least two letters of
recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant and can act
as outside references. Include their email contact information.