our grantees are awesome

From Atlanta to Nairobi, Bogota to Chennai, we fund startup projects in every corner of the globe. We are proud to offer Pollination Project seed grants to these individuals and grassroots groups who are making their communities and the world a better place for all.


As of
February 2017

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Aneeha Patwardhan, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


I love Aneeha's endless passion and urgency for animal rights, and for sharing the beauty of veganism with others. She began her work after she came across a Vegan Outreach Facebook post that showed a young man who had gone vegan after getting a booklet. In typical fashion, she immediately ordered booklets of her own, which she and a friend then handed out during a march for animals in Pune, India. She has since helped organize leafleting and video outreach to the public nearly every weekend with local activists.

Eileen Weintraub, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


I met Eileen Weintraub at the Animal Rights Conference in 2015 while she was working at the Help Animals India (HAI) table. Although I’d followed her group for a few years on social media and knew a little about its work, when I met her in person and looked at the map she had displayed of India, I was immediately impressed by the number of animals in different locations her group was helping.

Frances Cheng and Joshua Sias, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


If you look up the term “power couple” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Joshua Sias and Dr. Frances Cheng—although the pair would probably humbly demur and insist that the honor should go to someone else. For years, Frances and Josh have not hesitated to roll up their sleeves or don a costume to make a difference for animals.

Julia Orr, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


I heard about Julia's work for animals sometime before meeting her at a direct action event. As I got to know her better, I came to love her organizing style. Julia takes her activism seriously and she always invite the media to animal advocacy events. This means that a small demonstration can reach a much wider audience, and many do get local coverage. I also admire Julia for her strong intersectional perspective. She works with several disadvantaged groups, including females, Native Americans, and the homeless.

Linda Rapp Nelson, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


Linda adopts rescued animals and fosters chickens and baby pigs for the Triangle Chance for All Microsanctuary - all while helping people to embrace a vegan lifestyle by leafletting, sharing short videos on college campuses, and writing little positive messages where ever she goes for the Vegan Chalk and Sticky Note Challenges.

Lorelei Plotczyk, Unsung Vegan Hero 2016


I first met Lorelei when she got stuck in a corner with me at a company I worked for over 5 years ago. The only knowledge I had about her was that she was an amazing writer, a successful musician, and that I wanted to borrow all of her clothes. Little did I know she would soon become one of my closest friends, and one of the most inspirational people I know.