How Small Seed Grants Make a Difference 2017-03-03T16:21:17+00:00

How Does $1000 Make a Difference?

Ask Our Grantees!

Our grantees share how their Pollination Project seed grant helped them build and expand their startup projects.

Harry Behrens, Impact Harvest Garden, Vineland, NJ, USA

The confidence that The Pollination Project imparted on our project and the mission we lead has been a boost in our morale as an organization. At times our mission seems to be futile in that there are just so many families in need and we are just a small organization that makes a very small dent in the need of our community. The team at Pollination Project found value in the work that we do in our community, to the extend that they were willing to financially back our mission. Thereby increasing our ability to expand our efforts and reach within the community.

Karen Snook, Kindred Spirits Care Farm, Los Angeles, CA, USA

We are so grateful for the support of the Pollination Project. You were one of the first organizations to support us and help get this project rolling. Your continued support has helped create something that inspires people and will help change lives. This work has already changed many lives for the better in so many ways. The students at the school are learning about critical issues to living lives true to their values for themselves and the planet. Many of them are considering what they eat from a new perspective and some are going vegan. So many great things are happening and would not have happened if you had not taken a chance and given your support. Thank you!

Tisha M Bernard, I Choose Peace, Los Angeles, CA, USA

This summer we had an amazing opportunity to run the I Choose Peace Academy camp with 20 youth, ages 11-13. Each day was filled with team building activities, skills for conflict resolution, mindfulness techniques, bully education and tools for prevention. The youth walked into the training not knowing each other and left with lifetime friendships they had built. Quotes from training: Youth: “I never knew that I had the power to make a difference in this world.” “I wish more kids could have this program so that we can make everyone feel like they belong” Parent: “My child is now more peaceful and loving with her siblings at home and our whole household is more calm” “My child told me to be mindful and take a deep breath while stuck in traffic one day. It changed my whole mood for the better.”

Aimee Dunkle, The Solace Foundation of Orange County, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

With the help and support from the TPP the Solace Foundation of Orange County has been able to record over 1,000 overdose reversals. Our success has led to a partnership with our local health care agency, which will means that even more lives will be saved in Orange County. We could not have achieved this success without the help and generous support of TPP.

Adam Dolezal, Dine Action Camp, Berkeley, CA, USA

Unfortunately the resistance at Standing Rock did not stop the Dakota Access Pipeline as oil now flows through it, but the vast activist networks that emerged out of such an unprecedented convergence of people acting to protect the water has fanned out across this continent and worldwide. It has not even been one year since the Sacred Stone Camp was established and the first direct actions took place, but I can attest to the ripple effect that is infusing land defense in may other campaigns, including pipeline resistance, forest defense campaigns, racial justice and indigenous sovereignty movements.

Thell Robinson III, Violence And Mediation, Columbus, OH, USA

Our Violence Intervention and Intervention program was able to perform 20 disputes among rival gang members and drug dealers that prevented fights, shootings and homicides that saved lives. With our 3 community events that we hosted this year, we were able to employ 58% of the youth that became a part of our program.

Brian Vegah Viyof, Pass Over The Seed (POTS) Project, Bamenda, Cameroon

We want to appreciate your support and it is thanks to your funding that mushroom cultivation has been introduced in the SW region - Buea to be precised and it is thanks to your funding that we had to sign partnership and mentor students at the Pan African Institute as well as involve students from the University of Buea. This funding as made us to discover the hidden potentials in mushroom farming and we are now gearing up to exploit it to the fullest.

Beatrice Nyambura Wahu, Twashukuru Eco Friendly School, Lamu Island, Kenya

We are serving the poorest families in Lamu and it makes our heart swell with pride to know that we can offer their children a free education in a bright, colorful, and inspirational setting. We strive to provide quality education focusing on the arts, the environment, and teaching everyone to love and respect each other...regardless of race, color, religion, gender, etc. This new classroom has allowed us to give the students at Twashukuru the space they need to be kids -to run, to play, to learn, and more. The teachers are especially grateful to have their own space to create their lesson plans and attend to their students. We are providing a better education to the community we serve - both the students and their families - by building this additional classroom. This grant has shown us that people around the world believe in the work we are doing. This is incredibly important to keep us motivated and excited to move forward. This grant has connected us to a community of supporters and peers - which means so much when we are often isolated in our small village and can easily lose hope. We have learned how to apply for grants, how to create proper budgets, how to negotiate for materials, and how to encourage potential donors to visit our school and learn about our mission. We thank Pollination Project for being a resource for small projects like ours and hope that we can be a part of the TPP family for many years to come.

Doree Collins, Kids R.E.A.D., Temple, TX, USA

The grant made a difference to me on a personal level because it encouraged me in knowing that I am receiving support from others who are like minded and want to see great things happen. As I see others making a difference with the pollination project I am motivated to continue even as I do this work in an area that can be challenging to navigate through due to op-positional top level influences and agendas. I also realize that I may one day be able to reach and encourage and support other communities around the country to continue the great work that so many of us have been purposed to do! I have found myself sharing my experience with many who want to step out on faith and are apprehensive. I am able to reassure others that where the energy goes, the progress goes! Thank you TPP for being one of our first supporters! I really appreciate it!

Melanie Gilbert, Street Mutts, Nicaragua

On a personal level, our grant from The Pollination Project meant so much more than "just" receiving funding for our first international partnership. It meant that there was an organization out there who could see value in the work we are doing and was willing to take a chance in funding our young nonprofit; in fact, this grant was the first that we were awarded! It further deepened our belief that with the right partners, we truly can make a difference in the communities in which we work.

Lynn Douglas, The Visionary Institute Summer Camp for Girls, Greensboro, NC, USA

Our program serves underserved populations of students (most attend Title-I high schools) that would not otherwise have the opportunity to receive college preparation at no cost to them. Two of our main goals for this program was assist the girls in creating a tangible resource guide that they could take home with them at the end of camp, and use to assist them in applying to college; and to take them on campus tours that their families may not have been able to afford. Having the seed grant allowed us to completely meet both of these goals. Our girls learned so much through their hands-on experience during camp, and many were able to solidify their college options because they were able to get out of the city and actually see the campuses of their choice. Our organization would not have had the means to accomplish this without The Pollination Project! Although I've been facilitating college access camps for years, our organization is only a year old and people can be skeptical about your abilities when they haven't physically seen what you can do. Having this grant has increased the overall interest in our organization's programs and for that, we are forever grateful. Thank you to The Pollination Project for seeing something in us. We couldn't have done it without you!

Nora Ramirez, Oaxaqueño Youth Encuentro, SCICON – Tulare County, CA

With the support of the TPP, the organizing committee was able to invite a larger number of youths to the conference. This grant allowed us to invite youths from other regions that never before have been invited. Providing a safe space were youths can come together to reconnect with their ancestral ways and to dialog on the issues that affects them and there entire communities is helping build power and change within themselves and among their community.

Carly Wilson, Rubber Jellyfish – The movie, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast, Australia

Receiving a seed grant from the Pollination Project made me realise in a deeper way than I had before that there are people out there who believe in what I am doing and want to support me. Film making can be a lonely exercise. A lot of time is spent behind a computer, quietly researching your topic, setting up interviews, and editing materials. It is not always easy to have faith that your project will have a meaningful impact on the world. The Pollination Project and their friendly team gave me not only the financial boost that I needed to take my documentary to the next level but also the encouragement that I didn't even realise that I needed.

Priscilla Umutashya Ruzibuka, Ki-pepeo kids clothing, Kigali, Rwanda

The $1000 grant from the pollination project was entirely used to buy high quality fabric and purchasing a finishing machine. To me the grant added my confidence knowing that people and organizations like The Pollination Project are ready to support young entrepreneurs working to change the lives of people in our communities. after receiving the grant, it opened me to many more opportunities for funding which I have all used to grow Ki-pepeo Kids clothing. To my team, this grant gave hope of what we can achieve. The team was exposed to better sewing materials and this not only improved their work but also motivated them to work more due to availability machinery.

Vasanthi Kumar, Compassionate Classrooms, New Delhi, India

The Pollination Project grant has been one of the most encouraging things that has happened to my project "Compassionate Classrooms" in India. It was my first seed grant and I shall always remember it with warmth. Meeting Ariel Nessel, the founder of TPP, at the Pune (INDIA) retreat, two weeks back has been a step forward to a lasting relationship with TPP.

Mariia Kalashnik, The Strawberry Project, Nógrád, Nagylóc, Hungary

The grant made an great impact on me and my work as well as on the team of local and international volunteers who were involved in the project. At first it gave the empowerment, and the feeling of the importance of what we are doing. At second it united many people around one goal and increased the level of communication and involvement into the project.

Harriet Kamashanyu, Rhythm of Life, Kampala, Uganda

The work that has been accomplished in this project has given us many learning lessons to take on while scaling up. It has also leveraged partners that we can continue working with on this same project though in other locations and other beneficiaries.

Kasolo Sheilla Elizabeth, Charity Initiative Eastern Region Book Drive, Bulandya, Uganda

The grant has allowed us to reach out and provide the much needed support to the Bulundhya Community in Kaliro. Being able to see the joy and positive feed back from the community on opening of the library has encouraged us to work harder and set up many more of these libraries elsewhere in the country. Participating in setting up the project and receiving positive feed back from the community has opened up our eyes and hearts about the need to supporting these communities and most importantly it serves as a reminder that we as individuals are capable of making the changes in society that we want to see. Every little effort put in to help support those that are less privileged counts to building this country.

Tzirou Georgia, Permaculture garden, Neapoli, Lesvos, Greece

We worked all together, refugees, locals and volunteers and this created strong bonds between of us. The sense of community was created and this effected the whole life in the camp. Especially for the refugees, residents of the camp, the project helped a lot to be creative and feel important members of the community. It helped them to live in conditions that were close to their life in their country and also that they live a normal life, not a life under the identity of a refugee. Working in such a project has also been therapeutic. We believe that the work in such a program gave them back part of their dignity.

Leslie Mestman, Off the Sideline Outreach Support, Portland, OR, USA

It is so hard to be a start-up organization. Every dollar is gained through hours of effort. Pollination Project came through as one of our very first funders. Not only did this grant provide money to assist in our outreach efforts, it represented a belief in us as an official organization. By putting the Pollination Project logo on our website, getting mentioned in the Huffington Post, and getting financial support - it showed others that they could believe in us too. We have raised over $20,000 since getting our grant and I'm confident that the Pollination Project grant was the catalyst.