Frequently Asked Questions About Our Grant Process
Please see our “Funding Guidelines” for more information about what we are looking for.
We make initial grants of $500- $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.
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 you and then attach the recommendation to your application when you submit it.
Once you submit your application, it takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks to get an answer (up to 12 weeks depending on if we have questions or there is a delay in sending supporting materials). For detailed information on the process (and to learn where your application is in this process), click here.
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.
As long as you think you fit within our funding guidelines and have significantly revised your application, then absolutely!
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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.
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 BEN of 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 you are awarded a grant and want the funds to go directly to your nonprofit organization, please make sure you note this in your application, otherwise we will issue grant agreement letters and paperwork to you directly and not to your organization.
If your project is selected for funding, you agree to:
- 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.
- Take photos or videos showcasing your project in action, and include these photos and videos in your project report.
- Track your expenses and submit all receipts with your final report to show how you spent the grant funds.
- Allow your project to be highlighted, publicized and shared by The Pollination Project.
- 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.