OVERVIEW: The Pollination Project makes microgrants to individuals and projects that align with its ethos of "compassion consciousness." This translates into a broad range of mental health 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. Grant seekers should be aware that Pollination’s application 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. It seeks “to unleash the goodness in every person.” According to the project, it has provided financial backing to one project every day since January 1, 2013.
The project's “compassion consciousness” refers to an awareness of the impact of every choice. This funder has a number of specific grantmaking programs, and funds individuals and projects whose work aligns with its compassion consciousness ethos. In the mental health space, this translates into backing for a broad range of projects, with grants through its Health and Wellness program.
The Pollination Project offers micro-grants of $1,000 to organizations and individuals. It has made seed grants to Same Skies for its work on behalf of the physical and mental health of refugees. Sitawa Wafula is also a Pollination grantee: The seed grant supported her training programs to help young people speak out about their mental health conditions.
To learn more about project grantees, explore its Grants Funded page.
The Pollination Project accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year.
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