Frequently Asked Questions About Our Grant Process
- That your project meets our funding guidelines.
- That your organization or group does not have any paid staff.
- That this grant would not be used for ongoing operating expenses for an established project or group.
- For grants outside the US we require that the applicant has either:
- a bank account that can receive payments in US dollars in their name or the name of their organization
- OR a Paypal account in their own name or in the name of their organization .
- We cannot complete payment for grants where the applicant or organization does not have either a Paypal or bank account in their name, and we cannot make payments via any other persons’ account.
We hope this list is useful to you as you prepare your application! Applications which do not meet these criteria will automatically be declined, so please take the time to ensure your application matches our guidelines.
The Purpose of a Pollination Project Seed Grant is to support passionate, committed people with an early-stage social change vision. We fund individuals and community groups, and you do not need to be a registered or established organization to apply.
Our Grants are designed to:
- Support passionate, committed people with a social change vision.
- Support projects in their early stage of development and where a small amount of money will go a very long way – we want to kick start your dreams for a better world.
- Help ensure sustainability of your work by building resilience or fundraising ability– during review, we often ask: “what happens once the grant runs out?”
- Cover costs such as supplies, program materials, direct travel expenses for program implementation, website fees, discounted professional services, printing, copying, promotional costs, technical support.
- Pay for 501(c)(3) filing fees and expenses only if your project meets our specific conditions. Please read more about the funding conditions here.
- Support projects with a clear target audience, and a compelling plan to reach and impact that target audience in a positive way. If your project involves video or other media production, then this element of your plan will receive particularly careful attention from our team.
- Support projects that do not expect to earn profit, or where any income will be used for a purely charitable effort. We do also offer Pay it forward loans to support for-profit social benefit projects.
- Cover costs similar to these examples.
We are unable to fund the following:
- We cannot support projects which directly conflict with our mission and values, such as those which involve the farming of any animals.
- We do not make grants to projects that have well established funding sources, or that have any paid staff working on the specific project or other work for the organization.
- We do not make grants to projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
- We cannot support projects that influence the outcome of any specific election for candidates to public office, inducing or encouraging violations of law or public policy or causing any improper private benefit to occur.
- We do not award grants that require grant payments via Moneygram, Western Union or any other cash-based payment system and can only make payments outside the USA using bank wire transfer or Paypal to the account of the person or organization applying for funding.
- We cannot fund the following specific costs:
- Scholarships, training fees or travel fees for one person to attend a training
- One time events which do not have a clear ongoing impact on your work or the issue your work addresses
- Ongoing operating expenses for existing projects (e.g. ongoing office supply expenses, rental costs, bills, etc.)
- Computers, tablets, or other technology where the primary benefit is for one person, or where the project only needs the equipment for short term use
- Animal products of any kind – including, but not limited to, meat, dairy, leather, and wool
- T-shirts which are to be given away or donated (shirts to be sold to raise money and uniforms for team members are okay)
- Items which are to be donated to others on a one time basis (such as clothing, medical supplies, and textbooks)
- Payments to the grantee or a member of the grantee’s family for their time or services
- One time use or disposable items such as disposable plates and cups
- Paper products which do not make use of either 100% recycled materials, or the most ecologically sound alternative if recycled is not available
- GMO seeds; synthetic/chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and other similar products which are harmful to the environment and to those who use them
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]
- 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.