I have been writing this blog since 2009. My purpose is to provide information on setting up business, entrepreneurship, enterprise policy and, of course, stuff that I am doing. The following will give you a guide to find relevant content on the site. I will continue to add new material and I hope you get some benefit from the information shared.

Thanks, Ken Germaine PhD

Elements of a business plan (May 2009)

Sales and Marketing (May 2009)

Financial Projections (July 2009, December 2010)

Getting Paid (November 2009)

Strategic Networking (May 2010)

HPSU and Ecosystem (August/September 2010)

Enterprise Policy (long form articles) (November 2010, January – May 2016)

How to Commercialise your Business Idea (December 2016)

EU funding and Funding Master (January 2019)

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship video: In this video we explain the difference between entrepreneurship, and enterprise and the different forms of entrepreneur. It is an information video so please feel free to share and use in educational settings.

Funding Master works with clients to develop, write and submit funding applications.  The opinions set out here belong to the author(s), they constitute opinion and nothing is intended to constitute advice.  The blog is authored by Funding Master’s founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Germaine.  Please view his profile and please connect with him at his LInkedin profile here.  Please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.  Originally published on the Funding Master Blog.  For more information on Germaine Business Planning please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.

Want to find all our videos in the one place? 

Visit Our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/KenGermaine

Did you know you can find all of our information videos in one place?  All of our information videos can be found on my YouTube Channel at any time that suits you.  Please visit my YouTube Channel and please Subscribe.  You will get notifications on all our new videos as they are published including new information videos on all the new EU programmes as the programme manuals are available.

You can access our videos on the different EU programmes, our social enterprise/social innovation video, our enterprise and entrepreneurship video and our tips on applying for and managing EU projects.

Funding Master works with clients to develop, write and submit funding applications.  The opinions set out here belong to the author(s), they constitute opinion and nothing is intended to constitute advice.  The blog is authored by Funding Master’s founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Germaine.  Please view his profile and please connect with him at his LInkedin profile here.  Please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.  Originally published on the Funding Master Blog.  For more information on Germaine Business Planning please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.

  1. Happy New Year
  2. Grants calls still happening, lockdown or not.
  3. We are looking to talk to experienced grant writers
  4. We are open for new clients
A healthy, happy and prosperous 2021

2020 was a strange year so we all hope 2021 will become less strange as the year evolves.  I want to wish all our clients, partners and connections a very happy, healthy and successful 2021 both personally and professionally.

Since the start of restrictions last March, all the normal grant calls have happened.  Extra grant calls have happened in relation to CoVid-19.  It can take 4-6 months to develop a project and turn it into a grant submission.  If you are looking towards the end of these restriction and want to develop an innovative project for the next 2-3 years, then maybe you should be looking now at grant opportunities.

I am developing a panel of grant writers to allow us expand our offering.  If you are an experienced grant writer, especially with experience of EU grant writing, I would like to talk to you.  This would be a panel of grant writing associates that we would bring in to support specific applications.  Email, info@fundingmaster.eu.

Naturally, as we expand our offering, we are open to taking on new clients.  If you are interested you can find out more about our service at https://youtu.be/YR4TQMKTJfo.  If you would like to have a non-committal initial talk then contact me at info@fundingmaster.eu.

Have a great 20201 everybody!

Funding Master wishes all our clients, project partners, friends and connections a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2021.

Over the last few weeks, we have published a number of new information videos aimed at specific sectors: SME, municipalities and nonprofits.  We also have been running a video ad on YouTube and recently on Facebook.  Here are the links to these videos.  Please feel free to share these information videos to contacts who you think may benefit from them.

Grants and SME: https://youtu.be/TdG0gQOwSD8

Municipalities and EU Grants:  https://youtu.be/6ZR7YCOOFAw

Nonprofits and EU Grants:  https://youtu.be/bNHU_cL2kBQ

Maximising EU Grants [ad]:  https://youtu.be/u9L8mc6Hh7k

These augment our most popular videos on applying for and managing EU projects:

Tips on applying for EU funding: https://youtu.be/IYC5HmeNgKw

Tips on managing EU-funded projects:  https://youtu.be/aHqc73OeWoU

If I can be of assistance to you then please contact me on ken@fundingmaster.eu.   

Funding Master works with clients to develop, write and submit funding applications.  The opinions set out here belong to the author(s), they constitute opinion and nothing is intended to constitute advice.  The blog is authored by Funding Master’s founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Germaine.  Please view his profile and please connect with him at his LInkedin profile here.  Please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.  Originally published on the Funding Master Blog.  For more information on Germaine Business Planning please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.

Nonprofits and Grants : Nonprofit organisations provide a wide range of services and programmes to vulnerable individuals and communities across the European Union on a daily basis. They are structured differently in different countries but are in principle non-governmental bodies, established for a mainly social purpose, many with charitable status and either owned by the community or in trust for them. They are called many things; associations, cooperatives, mutuals, community groups, voluntary bodies, charities, social enterprises etc. However, they all provide an unseen but essential range of services to their communities of interest.

In this video Funding Master will explain how and why, nonprofit organisations should be using EU funding strategically to develop new and innovative solutions to their communities of interests and social mission. We explain the range of grants available and how a nonprofit organisation can utilise these funding programmes across a range of activities.  Funding Master’s team have worked in the nonprofit sector for many years, serving at all levels including CEO, Board member, Chairperson and volunteer levels. Nonprofits and EU grants is subtitled and translated in to several European languages.

Funding Master works with clients to develop, write and submit funding applications.  The opinions set out here belong to the author(s), they constitute opinion and nothing is intended to constitute advice.  The blog is authored by Funding Master’s founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Germaine.  Please view his profile and please connect with him at his LInkedin profile here.  Please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.  Originally published on the Funding Master Blog.  For more information on Germaine Business Planning please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.

NEW: Municipalities and EU Funding : In this video, Funding Master explains how a municipality can use EU funding as a strategic lever to co-fund innovation projects.  This can work across the entire range of municipal departments. Not only does EU funding bring co-funding to projects but the requirement to collaborate with other municipalities, third-level institutions, community and voluntary organisations, business and other experts.  This can result in the innovative local project being far more impactful rather than going it alone. If a municipality does not have a designated EU-funding unit then working with Funding Master could provide an effective, cost efficient way to strategically use EU funding applications to support your municipality’s work.

Municipalities and EU Funding

Municipalities, also known as local authorities or local councils, exist in every EU country.    The exact roles and powers of municipalities vary from country to country, but the key functions and structures are universal.  Every municipality is run by, or accountable to, a council made up of elected local councilors.  The chair of the council is normally the Mayor.   Some mayors are directly elected and some are elected by the Council members.  Mayors have different levels of power and authority in different countries, but, in continental European countries Mayors have significant powers and effectively lead the council during their term of office.

Municipalities are the most basic level of democratic representation.  They deliver key services including planning and development of their city, area or region. They also deliver utilities and oversee a large range of services, including education and health provision in many countries.  They also have a key role in the economic development of their area, culture, libraries, environment, social services, provision of drinking water and waste services.  The list goes on.

The EU places great emphasis on regional policy and development, and recognizes the key role of municipalities in that policy.  So, municipalities are important governmental structures, under locally controlled councilors, that provide a large range of services to the local citizenry.

Funding Master works with clients to develop, write and submit funding applications.  The opinions set out here belong to the author(s), they constitute opinion and nothing is intended to constitute advice.  The blog is authored by Funding Master’s founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Germaine.  Please view his profile and please connect with him at his LInkedin profile here.  Please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.  Originally published on the Funding Master Blog.  For more information on Germaine Business Planning please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.

SME and Grants [video]

October 13, 2020

SME and Grants: Many SME are told that there are lots of grants available to them.  This may well be true but many SME do not have designated grant people to craft, develop and submit these applications.  Many SMEs are confused by the system and come to the conclusion that it is more trouble than it is worth.  Some have applied for grants and been unsuccessful and drawn the conclusion that it is more trouble than it is worth.  Funding Master would like to show SME how to better use and access the SME grant system for innovation.

In this video Funding Master will explain the grant system for SME.  We point out that there are actually 2 sub-systems: one for start-ups and one for existing SME who want to engage in innovation.  We explain that these grants are not funding for SMEs but rather funding for innovation by SMEs.  We explain the Technology Readiness Scale (TRL) and how it crosses with the standard types of grants.  We also explain how to overcome some of the most common mistakes that SME make when applying for funding.

Funding Master works with clients to craft, develop and submit grant applications.  We work with clients on a regular basis, we help them identify priorities, we prevent them from engaging in low potential projects, we develop concept notes, find partners, write content and budgets and manage the submission process.  We effectively outsource your grant management system with a very affordable solution.

The video is for information purposes so please feel free to share with relevant contacts.

Funding Master works with clients to develop, write and submit funding applications.  The opinions set out here belong to the author(s), they constitute opinion and nothing is intended to constitute advice.  The blog is authored by Funding Master’s founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Germaine.  Please view his profile and please connect with him at his LInkedin profile here.  Please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.  Originally published on the Funding Master Blog.  For more information on Germaine Business Planning please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.

Grants are still open for applications!  You may not be able to do everything you want.  You may be limited in the number of staff you can have on-site, forced to provide services on-line, even locked-down for short periods over the next few months.  BUT there is one thing you still can do…apply for grants!

Governments are currently expansionary…they are spending money and investing.  Business expansion-type grants are being made available.  The EU just passed an emergency fund of €750 billion and approved the new 7-year funding framework.  All EU programmes will be open for calls in 2021, only a few weeks away.

If nothing else is happening, the grant calls, deadlines and funding is happening. 

Dr. Ken Germaine. Founder and CEO Funding Master

We develop projects for clients.  If you are looking for solutions to new challenges, addressing new ways of working, developing innovative solutions, then we can craft a project for you, that supports your real work and can make an application to the most suitable grant calls.  We can find and build a partnership, develop content and budget and do the writing-up of the technical documents.

We are about to launch a new ‘Taster’ programme.  We will work with you to develop one grant application tailored to your requirements.   There will be a fixed price for this of €1,550 (ex VAT where applicable).  If you are interested in finding out more then contact me directly by InMail, DM or email ken@fundingmaster.eu.  There is no cost to have a conversation!

In the meantime, I wish all my family, colleagues, friends, connections and their businesses every success in the current situation and the likely challenging period coming over the next few months.  Funding Master will remain open no matter what and if you need assistance or advice, we will be here and ready to help!

Funding Master works with clients to develop, write and submit funding applications.  The opinions set out here belong to the author(s), they constitute opinion and nothing is intended to constitute advice.  The blog is authored by Funding Master’s founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Germaine.  Please view his profile and please connect with him at his LInkedin profile here.  Please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.  Originally published on the Funding Master Blog.  For more information on Germaine Business Planning please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.

Tips on Managing EU projects

September 29, 2020

Tips on Managing EU projects: the complimentary video to our Applying for EU projects.  I have been involved in running EU projects over the years and the following are my tips if you have to set up a project from scratch.  It covers setting up a partnership agreement, setting up systems, setting up KPI and measurement issues, as well as, communication and engaging beneficiaries. 

Funding Master works with clients to develop, write and submit funding applications.  The opinions set out here belong to the author(s), they constitute opinion and nothing is intended to constitute advice.  The blog is authored by Funding Master’s founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Germaine.  Please view his profile and please connect with him at his LInkedin profile here.  Please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.  Originally published on the Funding Master Blog.  For more information on Germaine Business Planning please contact us directly here if you have any questions on our work or this article.  More information on our website here.