Pollination Project: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Pollination Project offers microgrants to individuals and projects that align with its "compassion consciousness" ethos. In the human rights space, this translates into backing a broad range of projects.

IP TAKE: This is an incredibly approachable funder and a great resource for groups and individuals who know how to put modest grants to good use. Grantseekers should be aware that Pollination’s application review process can take anywhere from eight to 12 weeks.

PROFILE: The Pollination Project was established in 2013 and has since awarded just under 2,000 seed grants to organizations working in more than 100 countries around the world.

The Pollination Project practices what it refers to as "compassion consciousness,” which it describes as thinking through and acknowledging the impact of all of our choices. Pollination has around 10 related grantmaking programs and provides seed funding to projects that align with its compassion consciousness ethos. Those working in the human rights field are going to want to examine this funder’s Human Rights and Dignity portfolio.

The Pollination Projects offers small grants of $1,000 to organizations and individuals. Grantees include Beatrice Adhiambo Omiro for her Yes Women Initiative in western Kenya, and Pravin Khandpasole’s DISHA Helpline, a project that fights for rights of victims of violent crime and people at risk in India.  

To learn more about project grantees, explore its Grants Funded page.

The Pollination Project accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year.

PEOPLE:

  • Ariel Nessel, Cofounder
  • Stephanie Klempner, Cofounder
  • Alissa Hauser, Executive Director

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