How Small Seed Grants Make a Difference2018-10-23T09:49:10+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.

Ijeoma Ugwudi, Diabetes Self-Care Education Project In Nnorie, Nigeria

The Seed Grant from the Pollination Project was officially the first international grant that Be-In-Health Foundation received and it went a long way in giving shape to our work, a face to our name (Be-In-Health Foundation) and what we do. We are better structured and have a better focus and idea on how to achieve our project goals. We have also been able to get on the media to talk about our work.

Aisha Flores, Buttercup STEAM Camp, Atlanta, GA, USA

The grant allowed us to integrate into the STEM community and work with more children by bringing increased awareness about our program. We have been a bit overwhelmed with the requests for our program. We definitely can say we have had a successful year and this increased awareness has put us into a position of reevaluating our capacity...I want to thank The Pollination Project for funding Buttercup STEAM. This program was and is from the heart. The grant gave us the confidence to keep moving towards our goals and extend ourselves. We appreciate the support, funding and sense of community we have received [...]

Clare Hanrahan, Elder & Sage Community Gardens, North Carolina, USA

The TPP seed grant was awarded at the very early stages of our development of the gardens when we had no funds to begin with...Thank you. Your grant was timely and made all the difference in enabling us to get started. Seeing what we have been able to accomplish with so little has leveraged some support from the city and some support from the community garden network.

Aikande Robert Nkya, Rise Up Girl And Make Up Your Dreams, Tanzania

I am thankful and super proud to be a grantee of the Pollination Project. You have saved the souls of our girls, as well as our young men and women in Kilimanjaro and most of the communities. We are now transitioning from a project to an organization, and we will always speak up about how much the Pollination Project has helped us.

Luke Ellison – You’re Hired

The main thing this grant did for us besides fund items and materials which help us in our work, is to give us experience on how to apply to a grant, deal with the expectations of receiving grant funding, and be responsible with things like budget amendments and report writing. Learning that process in relationship with a Foundation which is used to dealing with smaller, more grassroots organizations, sets us up for success when we apply to larger grants with more expectations and less leniency for mistakes. . . . after we received the TPP grant we received a much larger grant from [...]

Brandon Crawford, Youth Power Hour, Los Angeles, USA

Receiving the TPP seed grant has been a phenomenal experience . . . Receiving the grant gave me the self confidence to speak more about my work to others. Receiving it made me feel credible, and added more respect to my program in the community.

Tisha Marina-Bernard, I Choose Peace, Los Angeles, USA

The Pollination Project grant has allowed my vision to bring resources to youth and families dealing with bullying and mistreatment to life. The TPP grant encouraged me to see that other people believed in my dream as well and that I was on the right path. It gave me the boost and drive to follow the passion in my heart to bring life changing and life saving tools and techniques to youth and families....Through the publicity of having I Choose Peace represented on the Pollination Project website, we had The Hug Alliance reach out to us for collaboration projects with the goal to [...]

Rose Nakame, The Health Equity Voice, Uganda

The TPP Grant gave us authenticity among our stakeholders because it enabled us to obtain a website increasing visibility of our work but also, trust among our stakeholders. Secondly, the TPP Grant enabled us to develop some accountability structures...

Erica Fugger, Wake Up Oral History Project, New York, NY

I am very grateful to TPP for investing in projects and people that seek to have a positive impact on society. I have greatly enjoyed connecting with your compassionate affiliates and staff, and look forward to continuing to do so as the Wake Up Oral History Project enters its next stages. Thank you for all the ways that you contribute towards building sustainable community and seeding change in the world.

Angelica Jackson-Thomas, Journey Beyond, Maryland, USA

The Pollination Project is so aptly named; as it has germinated our organization because of what we were able to accomplish through the grant. We have attracted support through a Board of Directors, executive volunteer leadership team, and city and community partnerships who all believe in Journey Beyond's mission to eliminate generational poverty by teaching global competence to promising youth with limited financial resources...Journey Beyond has been around for a little over a year now and The Pollination Project has propelled the work we do so far forward .

Crista Valentino , CoalitionWILD, Jackson, WY, USA

A grant from TPP allowed us the support we needed to hire a web developer to design a new site that fit our needs...The application process was straightforward, and I appreciated that aspect since often times a lot of effort and energy is put into long and arduous grant applications, which takes away from being able to actually work on your project...Thank you! TPP is such an asset and an important factor in the success of CoalitionWILD and I am so grateful for their support and belief in this work

Vanessa Raditz, Produce Safety After Urban Wildfire, San Francisco, CA, USA

When we first applied, there was zero funding whatsoever, and the nascent partnership wasn't providing any funding, so the TPP grant was critical for some of the very first baby-steps. I really appreciate the TPP goal of providing to grassroots orgs that can't access any other kind of funding . . . In the months following the TPP seed funding, we received a $10,000 Opportunities Grant from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (which we were also able to use towards our preliminary testing), and we received a $25000 in grant funds from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District! This is an enormous [...]

Teodora Stoyanova, Kashalot – Living Reads, Varna, Bulgaria

The TPP grant gave us the boost (not only financial but creative as well) to start the project. Having TPP believe in us gave us confidence and reassurance that we are on the right path and our idea is not just a good idea, but has the potential to become a sustainable long-term project for the organization. The grant allowed us to scale up our initial idea. The funds provided by TPP helped us secure additional funds...Thus we were able to almost double the amount we had available for the project...Having this successful project, we now have a solid portfolio that can prove [...]

Emmanuel Kpon Saye, Support Rehabilitation Project, Nimba, Liberia

The TPP seed grant was the first grant we received....Therefore, TPP has become the...foundation of our community work...The grant has built a well cemented link between the disabled community in Nimba, Liberia and our organization. The work we accomplished has created local and national recognition and TPP has been a solid reference for us. Your seed grant is very meaningful to us. It has given us a wonderful and remarkable beginning.

Walteria Caldwell, Diversitá Opera Arts Company, Dallas, TX, USA

I would like to thank The Pollination Project for creating such a wonderful funding organization that helps small companies like ours thrive in the community. Without your help...hundreds of people that we served over the year's time would not have received the opportunities to perform in front of an audience, nor would they have...received scholarships, or get to experience top entertainment without an expensive budget. When we look at who is in our audience as well as who is on stage, we see various races, cultures, orientations, and ages, which was the model we wanted to provide to the world. There have been [...]

Mimi Aboubaker, TUSA, Minneapolis, USA

The TPP seed grant was instrumental in getting TUSA off the ground – it provided the organization with the capital needed to complete the initial steps of launching a venture and got us to a place where we could successfully seek outside capital. Without the TPP grant, we would have been unsuccessful in securing outside funding as these components are foundational pieces that any funder expects to see before writing a check. As a result of the TPP funding, we were able to secure outside capital!

Michelle Carrera, Chili On Wheels, Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Pollination Project is amazing, and the people that work and volunteer there are as well. I didn't even apply for this particular grant, it was granted to me on behalf of folks who work there who were inspired by my work. You have no idea how much that means to me- The Pollination Project makes me feel supported and inspired, and pushes me to continue the good fight.

Delphine Azo Cha Leke, Coping With Disabilities, Cameroon

One reason why persons living with disabilities have often remained voiceless is because they shy away from the public and do not interact. Bringing them to workshops where they get experts to educate them on the need to express themselves has gone a long way in boosting their confidence. Such networking would not be possible without The Pollination Project grant. I sincerely want to thank The Pollination Project for giving me the opportunity to translate my dreams into reality...I hope that this journey I have started with The Pollination Project family continues to put smiles on the faces of persons living with disabilities [...]

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