Please note: during March-August TPP launched our Rapid Response fund to address the global COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of quickly getting resources into the hands of grassroots leaders working to prevent, manage, and adapt to the spread of this virus. Given the duration and severity of the pandemic and because we believe grassroots leaders know what is most needed for their communities, effective August 6th we will be reopening our general application and no longer restricting grant applications to work solely addressing COVID-19. You may begin a new application within our Rapid Response program at any point prior to that date, but if you do so, then that proposal must be submitted within 24 hours of beginning the application process.

You may also opt to wait until August 6th to submit a full proposal within our general application – projects addressing COVID-19 may still be submitted after August 6th using our general application.

Important information regarding TPPs
grant application

Here at TPP, we believe that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. With that in mind, our goals have been, and always will be, the same: to uplift and empower individuals to create change for a better world.

Accordingly, in response to COVID-19, we wish to support the helpers—those ordinary people who are doing extraordinary work to address the global challenge posed by the Coronavirus.

As a result, we have created a COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and will only be accepting new applications that address the COVID-19 pandemic through work in the following issue areas.

Please carefully review the information below and on the following pages as our funding guidelines and timeline for reviewing proposals have changed in response to these extraordinary circumstances.

Direct response projects

Direct response projects include any effort to directly prevent the spread of COVID-19 or which support direct provision of healthcare and support to those affected. Examples could include, but are not limited to, projects which prevent or reduce transmission of the virus; efforts to support the provision of healthcare in underserved communities; or projects which support the distribution of healthcare materials.

Community resilience initiatives

Community resilience efforts include any effort that bolsters our ability to care for all life in our communities, both human and non-human. Examples include efforts to support the immediate social and emotional wellbeing of our communities; efforts that support community-led projects that foster greater resilience among communities now and in the future through initiatives such as local food production and any other effort which strengthens our ability to respond together in times of crisis.

Initiatives that support projects moving their activities into the virtual realm or adapting to the new conditions in which we find ourselves.

We are offering funding to groups to shift their work to the virtual realm or to make other adaptations that are required so that they are still able to meet community needs in these times where social distancing, quarantine, and isolation are necessary. Examples include developing platforms for remote work, purchasing subscriptions to existing services, or adding precautionary measures in line with government guidance on working safely.

Important Information About Our
Application Process

  • Please review our funding guidelines on the following page and ensure your proposal meets those guidelines.
    TPP has collected some resources to support your work. Please review this page before applying for free and accessible resources which may boost the impact of your work.
  • Please note that we can currently only accept applications written in English.
  • During our application process, applicants whose work takes place outside the United States will be asked to provide the contact information of someone who can provide a reference for their work. Once your application is submitted, they will receive an automated request via email from TPP to submit a reference on your behalf. We will not begin review of your application until we receive your reference. We will notify you as soon as that reference is received and will begin review immediately once received. For more information on our rules about who can submit a reference and for some tips to help you obtain a reference click here.
  • We intend to review all applications as quickly as possible and hope to provide funding decisions within 15 days from receipt of a completely submitted proposal (for international proposals this means from the date that a reference is submitted).
  • Due to high-demand in this unprecedented global pandemic, we may award a smaller amount that has been requested. Our team will make these decisions carefully in response to your proposed spending and activities.