About Our Grant Programs
While we are prepared to fund projects from committed individuals in almost any funding area through our core daily grants program, we also run specific programs dedicated to serving regions and issue areas that we feel could most benefit from our support in creating lasting and impactful change in the world. These programs include:
Our Daily Grant Program
The Pollination Project seeks to unleash goodness and expand compassion all over the world. To that end, through our pioneering Daily Grant program, we make micro grants 365 days a year to grassroots global change agents who seek to spread compassion in their communities and in the world for the benefit of all. Our daily grant making began on January 1, 2013 and since then, we have funded a different project every single day. All qualified applicants in any funding area are considered within the guidelines of this program.
East Africa Leadership Program
Though The Pollination Project makes grants all over the world, we are particularly deeply rooted in the East African nations of Kenya and Uganda. To best serve grantees in these countries, we partner with a leadership team comprised of TPP grantees and local changemakers.
The Global Kindness Program
In partnership with The Fox Family Foundation, we support work that focuses on developing understanding, empathy, and compassion in the world. We believe empowering individuals who recognize and realize the power that they hold as agents of change typically continue striving for good, and their impact ripples out into the world in a myriad of positive ways.
Global Animal Advocacy Program
In 2017-2018, we partnered with Open Philanthropy Project to offer $100,000 in small grants to activists working on behalf of animals in Brazil, Mexico, India, and the Greater China Region. We believe local changemakers are best positioned to ensure our grants are appropriate and impactful, and that we are approaching our work in a way that best supports and serves animal activists in these countries.
The Canary Fund
In partnership with our friends at The Canary Fund, whose deep, loving motivations for this work are rooted in the loss of a dear friend and their strong connections to the communities of Northeast Wisconsin, we support work that uplifts changemakers and their communities. We believe it is vital that voices from within the communities where projects take place are heard because we know the power of community-originated solutions to build a better world.
The Youth Leadership Program
The Pollination Project, in partnership with the Fox Family Foundation, offers seed grants for projects that nurture the compassionate, visionary leadership of our nation’s youth. We believe that through empowering youth at the grassroots-level, we become part of a connected network of committed changemakers from which possibilities arise for the creation of new ways of thinking, doing, and being which may lead to long-lasting and significant change in the world.
Youth Rising California Program
In partnership with The California Endowment (TCE), we provide micro grants to youth-led projects aimed at supporting youth visionaries in California. This program specializes in empowering communities that are generating health, people-power, and systems change. Because we believe local changemakers are better placed to understand the issues facing them, a youth-powered advisory council identifies and provide startup funding and mentorship for inspiring projects.
The Tipping Point Program
In partnership with The Tipping Point Foundation, TPP will identify and provide support to projects which aim to effectively reduce the consumption of conventionally farmed meat or seafood by providing $25,000 in initial seed grants as $1,000 awards.. We believe changemakers at the local level are best positioned to ensure our grants are appropriate and impactful, so we will provide support to any project, anywhere in the world, that meets the standards of our review team.
The Youth Environmental Hub Program
Run in 2016 as a partnership with Levi Strauss & Co, our Youth Environmental Hub provided micro grants to youth-led environmental projects identified by our youth leadership team.
During the course of 2016, grants were made in Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and the US.
Each year, TPP invites eligible grantees–-who have already proven through the Daily Grant program that they produce outsized returns of compassion from relatively small initial investments and are ready to take the next steps in their work–-to apply for up to $5,000 in an Impact Grant. We believe that this program is vital because individuals who recognize and realize the power that they hold as agents of change typically continue striving for good, and their impact ripples out into the world in a myriad of positive ways.
The Lisa Shapiro Awards
The Lisa Shapiro Awards, named in memory of Lisa Shapiro, an Unsung Hero for animals who passed away in June 2015 at the age of 50, acknowledges the quiet superheroes of the Global Animal Advocacy Movement: people who work humbly behind the scenes, creating a world where animals do not have to suffer at the hands of humans. We believe that by acknowledging individual action, we will uplift the love, commitment, and hard work being done on behalf of animals every day, in every corner of the world.
Become Part of the Pollination Project Family
Become part of a unique movement to find and support grassroots leaders who share a common vision for a more just and compassionate world.
Do you have a project working to address the inequities in the world?
Apply for a $1,000 seed grant and let us help you succeed.