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.

Funding Request Checklist:

  1. My project aligns closely with the mission and values of the Pollination Project.
  2. My project is an early stage initiative that does not have paid staff, and does not have other established funding sources.
  3. My project benefits more than just myself or a small group of people.
  4. My project does not influence the outcome of an election of candidates for public office.
  5. My project does not encourage or induce violations of law.
  6. My project fits in one of TPP’s funding areas. Read More
  7. My funding request to TPP does NOT include any of the following items which TPP does not fund:
  • Scholarships, training fees or travel fees for one person to attend a training.
  • 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.
  • Food for meetings, training sessions, or gatherings except for animal rights specific/vegan projects.
  • 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.
  • Paper products which do not make use of either 100% recycled materials, or the most ecologically sound alternative if recycled is not available.
  • Synthetic/chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and other similar products which are harmful to the environment and to those who use them.
  1. My project has a very clearly articulated target audience and explains why this audience needs my project.
  2. I have demonstrated in my application how this small grant will go a long way towards getting the project started.
  3. If my project is a movie, book or other media, I have included a distribution plan in my application.
  4. If my project expects to earn profit, I have applied for a Pay it forward loan instead of a grant.
  5. If my project budget involves filing 501c3 paperwork, I have reviewed the TPP conditions for 501c3 filing.
  6. I have articulated and shared my plan for what happens to my project when the grant funds from TPP run out.
  7. I have shared why this project is personally meaningful to me and why I care about it enough to submit an application for funding.


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