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.

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 [...]

Joy Tony, Imafon Bamboo Nursery Farm Project, Akure, Nigeria

I am glad to be a part of the Pollination Project family. For me it is more than just being a grantee.  I see as a place of great inspiration. I follow up on some of the stories of other grantees across the globe on the Facebook group. I am so inspired by the great work that is being supported by the Pollination Project. Also through the group, I have learned about other grant opportunities. Thank you for building a close relationship with the grantees through the Facebook group and also via email updates.

Juliana Castaneda Turner, Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary, Bogota, Colombia

The grant enabled us to do 24 free vegan cooking workshops in 2017 at the sanctuary and introduce a vegan diet to 288 visitors. Many of them brought along friends who tasted vegan food for the first time and everyone had a positive experience meeting all the rescued animals...Thanks to your support, we are educating more people in our country to respect animals and to lead a life without mistreating animals...We are helping people with low economic resources so that they can embrace veganism without any barriers. Our programs are growing thanks to all the support you have given us

Wonnie Derondo, Kiddiepreneur, Volta Region, Ghana

The social challenges across the world are huge, but funding is extremely hard to come by. Even when funds are available, the criteria are simply not friendly to a newbie organization. With this said, however, there is a trusted friend in the Pollination Project, which makes funding available to kick start projects in the idea stage. In addition, Pollination makes the grant process extremely flexible. The Pollination Project is the right partner to have when you need seed money to bring your social ideas to life. There is no better time than now, and there is no better partner than the Pollination Project

Jada Imani, Tatu Vision, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tatu Vision has expanded tremendously since receiving the Pollination Project grant. Our team of volunteers has more than tripled and we've continued to expand our community events with a stronger team. It gives me greater confidence in the foundation of Tatu to have funds. I've also been able to expand my vision of what's possible and plan accordingly . . . I love how pollination project is not a handout, it's a community. I appreciate Desire [of your Youth Leadership Team] and the ability to have mentorship in that way.

Jingo Joseph Nkumbi, CARDI, Uganda

The work funded by TPP has helped to build our confidence better and to improve training services to the community. This grant has instilled hope and confidence in me and my team now that our work is recognized and appreciated by the world of development partners and donors. We promise ourselves, our partners, and donors that we can always do better. We appreciate that 'to make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect… You just have to care'

Lisa Gross, West York Borough Community Garden, York, PA, USA

We are so grateful for our grant from TPP. It has helped us with ongoing fundraising, and to have so much support when we really didn't know what we were doing when first applying for grants really helped us to take our next steps . . . [it] allowed us to build our first secured raised beds, fill the beds with organic garden soil and plant additional apple and pear trees. Because we were able to do this work, people in the community are noticing the garden and more volunteers joined the project. It has also been instrumental in our fundraising as we [...]

Danielle De La Fuente, The Amal Alliance Inc, Athens, Greece

The TPP seed grant was instrumental in allowing us to kickstart our pilot program, and allowed us to lay the foundation for a model that can easily be replicated in various countries. While we had raised money through crowdfunding, fundraisers, and donations, we were still short on funds to start our first project. The TTP grant completed the sum we needed, and the faith you invested in us boosted our confidence to deliver a sound service to the most vulnerable. TPP is really unlike many foundations I've come across. Your team is extremely responsive and supportive throughout the entire process. This support system [...]

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