Orbit will want to understand how your model is designed to grow. It is important to understand what assumptions you have made in your chosen model and how you plan to deal with risks and challenges especially in activities that are in early development. It is important to Orbit that applicants understand their environment and how they plan on being viable in the future.
Ideas will need to illustrate clearly how they are adding to their chosen field. There should be specificity about how they are innovative and why this represents a significant improvement or shift that is better than what exists. Orbit is conscious that innovation does not always mean a new idea and may be a better way of doing things for example; utilising technology to deliver greater engagement and therefore provable reduction in unitary costs per outcome. Note that this excludes ideas that directly challenge public services
Orbit will want to see that applicants are willing to participate in a innovative programme that is open to being both challenged and supported by Orbits management team. This should include to ability to be adaptable, flexible and above all open and transparent. Especially with early stage projects where success is not assured, Orbit wants relationships based on the principle of failing fast and learning fast. Partners should be prepared to share learning and learn from others openly.
Activities and ideas that mobilise our customers to think of ways of sharing local resources as well as reciprocal models of support that enable people to get the help they need around issues that are a priority in their community. Creating enabling factors that allow for local individuals and groups to prepare for or respond to challenges within communities creating a community resilience.
We are also keen to see ideas that acutely harness the opportunities available through digital technology. Methods of harnessing talents that are aligned to the 21st Century lifestyle, particularly around the +55 age segment becoming more digitally engaged.
As the source of funding comes from our customers, activities that can illustrate how Orbit customers are the main beneficiaries of the programmes will be prioritised. If your idea is based on an existing piece of work you will need to demonstrate you have the appropriate networks or channels to reach communities within Orbits management areas.
Impact and public benefit:
Though we are interested in activities that can evidence improvements to our priority community investment themes, we also want to hear from groups and organisations which are outside of the third sector and feel that they can make positive contribution to the public benefit. Orbit is also keen on hearing about how you and your partners deliver currently in terms of social and public benefit.