Tips for the submission of János Czafrangó


SozialMarie Award

Until 21 January 2020, socially innovative projects from the Central and Eastern European region can still be submitted to SozialMarie.  

The call for proposals for SozialMarie is looking for excellent social innovations in Central and Eastern Europe. Projects can still be submitted until 21 January 2020, all information on the call can be found here:

"SozialMarie is a prize for successfully implemented social innovative projects." 

What all follows from this definition? János Czafrangó, SozialMarie patron in Hungary, helps with some tips for the submission.   

Since SozialMarie is a prize, it is a kind of competition, and if it is a competition, then the "submission" is actually an application. Although players usually register for sports competitions, the analogy here also fits in the sense that the prerequisite for participation in international sports competitions is good performance, and this also applies to SozialMarie, since only innovations that have already been realized can participate in the competition. 

Those who decide to start have actually already made their first self-assessment and decided that their program or project is so strong that it will stand up to the innovation competition!  

And how can this strength be tested in advance? During the preparatory workshops in Budapest there was an exercise for two, where the participants had to interview each other about the others' project and then briefly present it. Great results were achieved and this is proof that a good "foreign" eye and ear can be very useful! My advice is not to start the work by filling out the submission form, but to ask some people who know your project first:  

To what extent and why do they consider your project innovative and what would they highlight if they had the opportunity to present it in a few sentences? You can easily check in advance how you meet the Criteria for Social Innovation for the call for proposals by looking at a total of 16 (!) SozialMarie criteria, divided into four groups. 

Before you start filling out the form, you should also consider what makes your program different from similar programs and why you think it is special?  You should also determine in advance how you can substantiate that your program has achieved the intended social impacts?  

And remember: It is not organisations but projects or programmes that compete with each other, so the presentation should also focus on that! However, if you want to introduce a very short presentation of your organisation, make use of the fact that you (or your predecessors) have already worked hard in the foundation charter to present it in short sentences, which you can also use here :-)

I wish you a good application!

With kind regards,
János Czafrangó
SozialMarie patron 2019 in Hungary