Frequently Ask Questions
What Do You Mean by "Projects For Happiness"?
Projects for Happiness is an initiative for all undergraduates in Malaysia to design grassroots projects for the year of 2016 – anywhere in Malaysia – which promote happiness and address the root cause of poverty and poor education. We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on education and poverty eradication. Through a competition on over 100 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at maximum of RM10,000 each. We hope to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship by finding creative ways to bring people better education and promoting economic opportunity among socioeconomically challenged communities. In general, projects should be building blocks for a sustainable model. The overall program is intended to be nationwide in scope and impact.
Who Is Funding This And Why?
Projects for Happiness is created through the generousity of Khind's Starfish Foundation. The founder, Mr. P K Cheng is the Group CEO of Khind Holdings Berhad, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer and industrial electrical products. The Company has been involved with various charitable initiatives in the country. The objectives of the Starfish Foundation will be reflected through Projects for Happiness in the hope that it will spark the ‘spirit of volunteerism' amongst young adults to recognize that helping the less fortunate and making a small but important difference to their lives is a worthy cause.
Who Is Eligible To Design A “Projects For Happiness”?
Undergraduate students at all universities in Malaysia are eligible – so long as the president of their institution has signed and returned the grant agreement form. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.
What Are The Themes Of Projects For Happiness?
There are six categories of themes in this project: Poverty Eradication, Education, Cultural and Performing Arts, Environmental Protection, Animal Welfare, Racial Harmony. Poverty eradication and education shall be targeted to those under privileged groups that aim at improving their living conditions, creating jobs and providing education opportunity for the needy. Cultural and performing arts shall organize, carry out, facilitate or support initiatives or measures in connection with promotion of culture, arts or heritage.
How Does The Funding For These Projects Work?
Funding per project is from minimum of RM3,000 to maximum RM10,000. The Starfish Foundation welcomes projects of a larger nature that may require more funds, but on the basis that these projects are able to source for additional funding of their own through other sources of collaboration or from other donors. Note – all funding will be to a maximum of RM10,000 only
How Does A Student (Or Group Of Students) Make A Proposal?
To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement which describes the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for the future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as budget (one separate page). All written project proposals, require a heading to include the following: name of the participating institution, name of all student participants, title of project, dates of the projects, location where the project will be performed. Proposals should include preapproval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project. The two page proposal and one page budget should be submitted electronically to the official website of the Khind Starfish Foundation. Students with queries may direct them to the foundation.
How Are These Proposals Submitted And Judged?
Each involved campus has a designated official to coordinate the process on each campus. This official, in ways she/he deems appropriate, will guide the internal campus procedures for: announcing and promoting the opportunity to students. Final review and approval of all recommended proposals from individual campuses rests solely with the Khind Starfish Foundation Panel which will then award funds to each applicant with successful project (s).
How Will The Grants Be Awarded?
Recipients who have been preselected during judging session to receive the grant from Khind Starfish Foundation, must on their own recognisance raise a minimum 15% of their targeted amounts for their projects as a criteria for receiving funding from the Foundation. Final selection of projects to receive funding from The Foundation will be at the sole discretion of the panel judges. Please note that the minimum 15% must be raised from at least 10 individuals.
What Is The Timetable For Proposals And Decisions?
- In February of calender year, details of the universities' participation are finalized, and promotion on campus by school officials. The Projects for Happiness will be launched and students may begin to apply through the official website of Starfish Foundation by the designated deadline (1st March – 30th June).
- Final decisions on all short listed projects will be delivered by Khind Starfish Foundation panel by 30th June.
- Only short listed projects will be called for pitching presentation in judging session.
- All project owners who succeed in pitching during judging session shall begin their fundraising from 15th July to 30th July in order to be entitled for the grant.
- All project funding and relevant agreements signed by the recipient of projects are due on 30th July.
- Grant payments to the project owners will be made shortly after all agreements have been received by the Khind Starfish Foundation by 30th July.
- Final reports due to Khind Starfish Foundation office by 15th Dec.
- All project owners will need to present their work in a mini exhibition organize by the Foundation at end of the year after completion of the project.
What Is Required For Each Project’s Final Report?
Each funded project must submit a final report to the Khind Starfish Foundation office no later than 15th Dec. The final report form can be download from the KSF website. It also includes a separate one page accounting of the funds expended using the budget form provided on the website.
Students must submit at least 10 high resolution digital photos, attaching them to the end of their final report. Final reports are to be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Khind Starfish Foundation office will be posting the final report on the website.
What is Mini Exhibition?
Mini exhibition will be organized by Khind Starfish Foundation at the end of the year. The purpose of this mini exhibition is for students to showcase their hardwork in their project to the public. Students will need to propare material for exhibition including powerpoint presentation, photos, props etc. Location of exhibition will be informed to the involved students.
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