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The Pollination Project is a collaborative Foundation that offers seed funding ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Our network of sixty five grant advisors and five country coordinators, each an expert in their respective fields, leads our funding decisions.

This participatory grantmaking process aligns with our ethos of empowering individuals on the front lines to effect positive change within their communities, cultures, and countries.

Beyond financial support, The Pollination Project Foundation assists grantees in taking their initial steps towards fundraising and offers first belief in their mission. Additionally, we offer capacity-building workshops, mindfulness retreats to prevent burnout, and resource navigation to ensure that our grantees’ work achieves tangible goals.

At TPP, we believe in people, so we invest in people. 

Jake Breen, Founder of ClimaFacts Atlantic


of the week:

Chilis on Wheels: Promoting Veganism and Compassion in New York and Beyond

Location: USA, Puerto Rico

Unable to find a vegan-friendly soup kitchen on Thanksgiving 2014, Michelle Carrera and her son Ollie began distributing vegan food to those in need on the streets of New York. This act of kindness blossomed into a non-profit organization, which received support from a grant by The Pollination Project. Recognizing the varied needs of their community, the team at Chilis on Wheels expanded their outreach to not only offer vegan food but also provide vegan pet food, warming items, and cruelty-free personal hygiene products and apparel.

“The Pollination Project grant inspired us to dream bigger,” said Michelle. “Going through the process of applying for the grant challenged me to think about broader opportunities for community engagement. It provided growth for me, inspiring me to look further than my immediate ability to offer assistance to the community and see myself as a person facilitating others to have further reach.

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The stories behind the grants

“We’re very grateful for the Pollination Project’s support. This organization was the first (outside of our first supporters) to believe in our mission.

As a result of this grant, we have gained credibility in the refugee community and will be able to continue to grow and work towards achieving our mission.”

Linnie Pawlek, Financial Literacy For Refugees
Colorado, USA

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A look behind the scenes


Academic professionals Carla Forte Maiolino Molento and Rodrigo Morais-da-Silva founded Cell Ag Brazil at the end of 2023 with support received from The Pollination Project. The objective of the newly created association is to reflect, contribute, and promote the development of cellular agriculture in Brazil through proactive promotion and unifying actions among different audiences interested in the development, production, and commercialization of food through cell cultivation processes.
With a seed grant, they founded the organization and designed a logo that represents their mission. They are now inviting people and organizations to participate in the association so that it gains greater relevance.
Their members will be distributed across three chambers: 1) academia, 2) private sector, and 3) third sector and civil society. With this, they aim for diverse representation and to create a positive movement to act in different areas to promote and accelerate alternative proteins in Brazil and Latin America.
Billions of animals involved in food production in Brazil will be impacted in the medium to long term from this work. Data from IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) indicates that approximately 6.1 billion chickens, 56.5 million pigs, and 30 million cattle were slaughtered in Brazil in 2022.
With this association, Carla and Rodrigo may help reduce the number of non-human individuals involved in food production as they help to speed up the replacement process with alternative proteins.

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In this World Day of Social Justice we celebrate the transformative impact of The Pollination Project and our dedication to seeding the essential change our world needs. Since its inception, The Pollination Project has been at the forefront of empowering grassroots initiatives, providing the crucial support needed for small-scale projects to blossom into powerful agents of social change.

Our unique model of micro-granting has enabled a diverse array of projects across the globe, touching upon various facets of social justice including environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and human rights. From providing clean water solutions in remote villages to empowering women through education and entrepreneurship, we always believed in the power of individual action to create a collective impact.

Each project funded is a testament to our faith in the inherent goodness and potential of every person to contribute meaningfully to the betterment of society. These initiatives not only address immediate community needs but also foster a culture of empathy, equity, and inclusiveness - essential pillars for achieving true social justice.

On this World Day of Social Justice, let`s draw inspiration from the myriad projects The Pollination Project has nurtured. Their work reminds us that each small seed of kindness and action can indeed grow into a mighty force for good, paving the way for a more just and compassionate world.

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🌍 Discover Inspiring Stories from Global Changemakers 🌍

Every week, we bring you stories that will touch your heart and inspire your soul. These are the stories of individuals who embody courage, passion, kindness, and compassion. They are the changemakers who are actively creating a brighter world for us all.🤝

In a world filled with challenges, we believe it`s important to shine a spotlight on the good, the kind, and the inspiring.

Our "Good News Friday" newsletter is your weekly source of hope and optimism and it will help you to witness the amazing impact of our seed grants. Stories, videos, and images from all over the world.

Here`s the link to join our uplifting community and subscribe to our "Good News Friday" newsletter https://buff.ly/462kttF

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The Pollination Project Foundation is rooted in vegan values. We seek to interrupt oppression in every way we can – from the food we eat, to the purchases we make, and to the work we fund.
We’re proud to support community leaders around the world who aim to make the world a kinder place and that includes grassroots animal protection leaders who are changing food systems, advocating for protections for farmed animals, caring for companion animals, and conserving wildlife.
@animalchangemakers #animalrights #philanthropy #thepollinationproject #vegan #govegan #animalliberation #animals #veganism #animallovers #veganfortheanimals #peta #animallover #crueltyfree #friendsnotfood #plantbased #veganlife #animalrescue #animal #compassion #animalrightsactivist #love #animalwelfare #vegansofinstagram #vegancommunity #anonymousforthevoiceless #wildlife #animalcruelty #veganfood #vegans #grants

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"I was looking for grant opportunities and started reading stories from around the world from TPP. I was so inspired by it, I decided to apply. Receiving the grant was just amazing. To be recognized by someone across the world was incredible." - Jolene Galitis

#gratitude #grants #philanthropy #foodforall #community

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In 2021, Vale da Rainha Sanctuary, a TPP grantee, led a vital rescue operation, saving 1,000 buffaloes abandoned by a farmer. Facing threats of return, the sanctuary, alongside NGOs, secured a court decision ensuring the animals remain under their care - this set a crucial precedent for animal welfare in Brazil.
Since late last year, they`ve vaccinated, examined, and transported 634 buffalos to Valde da Rainha - 201 are also at their new home at another sanctuary and 100 more will be rehomed there by February 12.
This success not only safeguards the buffalos but also advances animal rights and humane treatment in Brazil.
👉🏽 Here`s the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uo5IHxMl8Q 👈🏽
#bufalasdebrotas #valedarainhasanctuary #santuariovaledarainha #savebuffaloes #animalwelfare #animalrights #heartivism

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"Every individual matters.
Every individual has a role to play.
Every individual makes a difference.

Jane Goodall

#quotes #heartivism #philanthropy

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The "Discovering Your Vision Family Preservation Program", started by Kayla Thomas in #Phoenix (AZ), offers a lifeline for parents and caregivers, providing vital parenting strategies and life skills to strengthen family bonds and decrease the need for foster care. Tailored to each family`s unique challenges, the program spans 3-5 months and includes personalized plans focusing on everything from financial management to emotional support, aiming to create resilient, thriving families.
Facing the rise of youth homelessness, educational gaps, and social challenges, the program equips families with the necessary tools for recovery and growth. By participating, families not only pave the way for a brighter future but also contribute to community economic development by reducing state foster care expenses.
The Pollination project is happy to support Kayla and her team in building strong families and stronger communities 🧡

#youthhomelessness #fostercare #familysupport
#heartivism #communitydevelopment

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Pickleball is for EVERYONE! Show your appreciation to Michael 👇🏽
Michael Ouvarov is launching an inspiring initiative to promote Pickleball, aiming to empower kids with special needs. His mission? To donate equipment, offer specialized coaching, and fuel dreams of competing in the Special Olympics. This goes beyond sport; it`s about enriching lives and building a community around ambition and inclusion. The plan includes a dedicated facility for events and clinics, welcoming participants globally.
The Pollination Project is proud to join Michael in breaking barriers and proving anything`s possible, all while fostering success and personal growth in sports.
Leave a LIKE to Michael 👇🏽
#pickleball #pickleballforall #sportanddisability #specialneeds #breakingbarriers #specialolympics #heartivism #heartivist #thepollinationproject #seedthechange

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The Aarey Forest, part of the Sanjay Ghandi National Park, is home to 15,000 indigenous peoples called Adivasis, as well as a rich array of flora and fauna.
When the local government wanted to cut down the forest and build a Metro Car Shed, Mumbai residents Aparna Bangia and Sukriti Gupta knew they had to do something to save the 1,800 acres of remaining forest.
They received a grant from The Pollination Project to approach forest protection from an entirely new lens: by harnessing the power of youth and joy-based protest.
After years of hard work, now
🌳 800 hectares of land in the Aarey Forest are protected.
❇️ They created an eco sustainability hub with a forest farm, a native tree and medicinal plant nursery with the local tribes which run experiential programs with citizens, tribal communities, schools and colleges.
#forestprotection #environmentalregeneration #youthforchange #india #indianforest #aareyforest
#thepollinationproject #heartivist #seedthechange

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Every $1,000 we raise is another #changemaker we fund.