Frequently Asked Questions About Our Grant Process

We make initial grants of up to $1,000. Successful grantees become eligible for larger impact grants of up to $5000 and other support.
First, please complete our prescreen questionnaire. If you meet our basic guidelines, you will receive a link to our online application. We cannot accept applications via Facebook, snail mail or cut and pasted into the body of an email.

At this time, and in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, The Pollination Project is currently only accepting proposals in two specific issue areas: Animal Advocacy and COVID-19 Response projects. We will be accepting applications in these areas throughout June and July, are carefully monitoring the needs expressed by applicants around the world to determine when it is possible for us to open our application process more widely.

In addition to the written application form, we encourage all applicants to create an informal, short (2-3 minute) video explaining your project. For example, you could have a friend interview you about the project and film it. The video helps us learn more about who you are, but it is not mandatory. Please upload your video to a sharing website, create whatever privacy settings are appropriate for you, and send us the link with your application materials.
This is not mandatory, but people who have a recommendation from a community partner are twice as likely to get funded as someone who doesn’t. Please see our current list of community partners.

If you would like a nomination from a community partner who knows you and your work well, please ask them to send a recommendation to us at [email protected]

We try to provide specific feedback on all applications that we receive. However, due to the volume of applications, we cannot always provide specific feedback about applications. If you want to see common reasons that we don’t fund applications, please click here.
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We do not fund ongoing operations of projects and rarely fund the same project twice. However, we sometimes fund people twice. If a grantee proposes an entirely new second project, and has completed the reporting requirements on their first project, we will consider the new project for funding. However, we always prioritize new projects and new grantees.

We cannot advise on your personal tax situation, but as long as grant money is used for qualified project purposes and no funds are used to pay the grantee or any member of a grantee’s family for working on the project, then we will not need to issue a 1099 or report your grant income to the IRS.

If you are a U.S. based grantee and you do not submit receipts and reporting for your grant, then we do issue a 1099 form and report your grant as taxable income to the IRS.

We do fund projects outside the US. In order to facilitate payment to international grantees, grants made outside the US require a bank account or verified paypal account for payment. International grants must be for projects that are conducted entirely outside of the US. We will require a W8 form from all foreign taxpayers, and we carry out screening through the US Department of Treasury’s SDN list. Please note: We are unable to issue grant payments via Western Union, Moneygram or any other cash-based system.
We will pay you after we receive your signed grant agreement letter, project photo(s) and any other material requested. If you do not have a US social security number or pay taxes in the US, we will need additional paperwork including a photo ID. In some cases, we may split grants into more than one installment.

We do not fund well-established nonprofit organizations with paid staff, and only accept applications for seed funding, as opposed to ongoing operational or program costs of a nonprofit organization. If your organization is eligible and we choose to award funding in support of your work, then you will have the opportunity to specify how you would like to receive your payment .
If your project is selected for funding, you agree to:

  1. Follow through with the project as you have laid it out to the best of your ability. Submit reporting which includes what you achieved, what you learned and how you spend the grant funds. Go to Reporting Requirements for details on what to include.
  2. Take photos or videos showcasing your project in action, and include these photos and videos in your project report.
  3. Track your expenses and submit all receipts with your final report to show how you spent the grant funds.
  4. Allow your project to be highlighted, publicized and shared by The Pollination Project.
  5. Make your best effort to spend the money as you proposed. Follow the restrictions listed in your contract when spending the funds, and contact us before making any changes.
Here are the most common reasons we are unable to fund projects. Remember, we receive far more applications than grants available and we unfortunately can’t fund everything. To make your application more competitive, please read our guidelines carefully!

Please email us at [email protected] and we will do our best to get back to you quickly.