Get involved with The Pollination Project!

What are they all about?

The Pollination Project (TPP) is a vegan foundation that offers seed funding to grassroots activists working to build a kinder, more compassionate world for human & non-human animals.

TPP focuses on early stage ideas and funds individuals directly. Over the years, they’ve seen the power of bottom-up, community-led grassroots activism. Through “pollination philanthropy”– a democratic model of peer-to-peer decision-making — TPP works with a global network of grantees, community partners, and volunteer advisors to identify extraordinary project leaders who, due to the grassroots nature of their work, are often not in a position to receive funding from other foundations or institutions. 

They make micro grants 365 days a year to grassroots global change agents and have a growing global community of 4,500 grassroots leaders in 150 countries. They support vegan outreach projects around the world, and have a special program for farmed animal activists in Brazil, India and Mexico. Their goal is to offer not just seed funding, but capacity-building support and connectivity with other activists working in the same geographic or issue area. 

Who are they looking to fund?

We believe it is vital that everyone has access to opportunities to make change and that voices from within the communities where projects take place are heard because we know the power of community-originated solutions. We also believe that individuals who recognize and realize the power that they hold as agents of change typically continue striving for good, and their impact ripples out into the world in a myriad of positive ways.

Following our theory of change, we provide seed grants to changemakers and leaders around the world who are working on a broad range of issue areas and who are aligned with TPP values of compassion and generosity. Our focus is on funding early stage projects that have clearly demonstrated that the applicant has already begun the work, but could benefit from a small grant to support the project in moving towards sustainability and increased impact. 

Within all of our programs, we offer $1000 seed funding. Our goal is to strengthen movements by identifying, funding and supporting emergent leaders across a wide range of social change efforts, from global human rights and social justice, to environmental sustainability and climate change, to animal rights.

Our Daily Grants program accepts applications across any issue area. We also have programs for specific issues areas. We have a special focus on farmed animal advocacy projects with our Global Animal Advocacy Program (GAAP) and Tipping Point program. 

With these programs, we are looking for projects that are addressing the cruelty inflicted on farmed animals in our food system. More specifically, under GAAP we are looking for projects in Brazil, India, and Mexico that are advocating for improvements in the welfare of farmed animals. This year and next, we are working to expand our support to more projects in these regions and facilitate regional movement building through offerings of networking events and capacity building trainings. Under our Tipping Point program, we are looking for projects anywhere in the world that are focused on reducing the consumption of conventionally raised animals. There is a wide spectrum of projects that may qualify for either of these programs, and we encourage those who are working within the farmed animal advocacy movement and/or vegan movement to reach out and apply. 

What type of activism do they do?

What you should be doing before applying!

Before applying, we encourage you to review our brief Funding Guidelines to get a better idea of our general criteria. At the time of applying, we will ask you for a reference if you are based outside of the United States, so we also encourage you to identify and notify someone who can speak to you and your work ahead of applying. Finally, ahead of completing the application, it may be helpful to think through your short and long term plan for your work, your expected outcomes, and a detailed budget as our application questions are written to better understand the details of your project so that our advisor teams can make the most informed decisions. 

How do I get involved?

To start volunteering with The Pollination Project, click a button below!

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