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We support the convening, planning & capacity building that make projects possible. Our Seed grants make small investments with potential for big impact.

 

WHAT WE FUND

Seed grants fund the beginning stages of projects with the potential for broad community impact that may eventually be strong applicants for an Assets for Thriving Communities grant or a Systems Change Accelerator grant.

Whether you’re developing a new community asset or trying to change a system, Seed grants support the groundwork that must happen before the rubber meets the road.

 

POTENTIAL GRANT USES

Including, but not limited to, what’s listed here. Bring your ideas that best suit your project needs.

  • Convening stakeholders to better understand a community problem or need, and opportunities for development

  • Community planning to implement high priority projects

  • Strategies to engage stakeholders

  • Feasibility studies, market analyses, needs assessments, other research

  • Planning new strategies and/or aligning actions with others

  • Assessing and building the capacity of organizations, partners or networks to move forward together

  • Organization, partner or network development activities – especially those that will improve connectivity, learning and the ability to adapt and respond to changing conditions

  • Designing processes and tools for deeper learning


 

GRANT CRITERIA

We evaluate every grant application using our Guiding Principles as a lens.  Review our criteria in more detail here before applying.