In 6 years time I have arranged more than 170 events without using any support funds and with nearly zero budget by involving different parties and motivating them to work together and create synergy. If there has ever been a budget deficit I have covered it at my personal expense – that is the risk for the organizer.
I have arranged festivals, camps, workshops, competitions, exhibitions, customer days, tours, tours in various fields.
If I had written projects for my events, I probably would only have managed to hold about 10 % of them all. Writing a project in order to get funding is very time consuming and takes a lot of effort and also there is no guarantee you’ll actually get the funding.
When writing a project for funding there is also the problem that the event will be postponed. The events that I have organized have taken place within 3 to 30 days from the moment the idea was born. Of course, this also requires the existence of a community to quickly bring together the required number of participants.
When I was in the field of photography, there were over 2000 fans in the community and when I intoduced an idea, some of them wrote it in their notebook right away, as an upcoming event – most of my ideas for events have been realized.
I also think that one should create things that the community needs and appreciates and is also willing to pay for. It often feel like these project-sponsored events are irrational, organized to spend someone else’s money and tick a box.
I think others could also organize mini-budget or no budget events to enhance the community of participants, get to know each other better, practice cooperation, make new friends and more.