Grant Database

Name Deadline Description Reward
Ben and Jerry’s Foundation None

Although the Ben & Jerry's Foundation doesn't prioritize any particular issue area for funding, we do focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change in any number of areas. The Foundation will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are organizing for systemic social change. We support programs and projects that are examples of creative problem-solving.

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Cartier Women's Initiative Awards TBA

The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, an entrepreneurship competition for start-ups led by women organized by Cartier in partnership with McKinsey and INSEAD business school.

This social entrepreneurship competition aims at creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led start-ups, in all countries and industries.

 We are currently in the call for applications phase of our contest and are looking for women leading for-profit responsible enterprises between 1-3 years old.

The Award will be given to six laureates who will receive a year of coaching, $20,000 in funding, valuable networking opportunities as well as media exposure.

The final stage of the competition, consisting in a presentation in front of an international jury, will take place in France during the Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum.

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Dell Social Innovation Competition TBA

University students of the world – share your innovative ideas for solving a social or environmental problem and compete for $350,000 in prizes and awards! Connect with students, find a mentor through our global community and get inspired to put your ideas into action.

Our challenge is open to students in all fields of study with any social impact innovation (from charitable to for-profit and even blended projects) and in any phase of development (from early ideas to complete operations fully up and running).

The Dell Education Challenge is now closed but the Grand Prize Awards category the People's Choice Award category deadline is January 28, 2013.

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Do Something Awards TBA

The Do Something Awards (formerly the BR!CK Awards) identifies exceptional young social entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders who have a significant social impact. The Do Something Award nominees and winners are the pivotal "do-ers" in their fields and causes. For this year's awards five nominees will be selected and rewarded with a $10,000 community grant, participation in the second Do Something Awards TV show on VH1, media coverage, and continued support from Of those five nominees, one will be selected to win the Grand Prize, a $100,000 grant, which will be announced during the live broadcast.

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Do Something Grants None

Did you recently create a sustainable community action project, program or organization or have a great idea for helping your community? Do you need $500 to further the growth and success of your program or turn your idea into reality? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Grant.

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Harvard Business Plan Contest – Social Enterprise Track TBA

Competition accepts submissions of business plans with a focus in social entrepreneurship in either concept or pilot phases of development. The team must consist of a majority of Harvard students.

Different award amounts- 50,000; 25,000; 5,000; 1,000

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Haymarket Sustaining Grant TBA

Haymarket makes Sustaining Grants from $3,000-$12,000/year for grassroots, social change organizations that meet our funding criteria and priorities. We fund both start-up groups and groups that are more established.

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Haymarket Urgent Response Grant None

Haymarket makes Urgent Response grants of up to $1,000/year to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforeseen crises or opportunities that critically affect their organization and constituency.

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Hitachi Foundation: Yoshiyama Program TBA

Are you or do you know the next Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur? Did you establish a financially viable business with the intention of offering low-wealth individuals in America a leg up? Have you been in business for 1-5 years? Were you between the ages of 18 and 29 when you launched your business? If so, you may be eligible for the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program.

The Yoshiyama Program will identify up to six entrepreneurs ages 18-29 who formed financially viable businesses that create jobs, supply goods or services, or use internal management practices enabling low-wealth individuals the opportunity to achieve greater economic security. The Foundation will provide these entrepreneurs with a cash prize up to $50,000 over two years, access to technical resources, and a peer learning community. In exchange, the Foundation intends to capture the stories of these inspiring young business leaders who serve as examples of how to run a financially sustainable business that also gives a boost to people who are outside the economic mainstream. Supporting the development of these leaders and entrepreneurs, learning from them, and sharing their stories will animate and inform an emerging national and global conversation about the role of business in improving lives and strengthening communities.

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Hult Global Case Challenge TBA

The Hult Global Case Challenge is open to college and university students from around the world. Teams of 4-5 students will compete to develop solutions around their chosen social challenge track.  A US$1M prize will be provided to move the winning solutions from theory to pilot.The 2012 Hult Global Case Challenge will be themed around Global Poverty. Under this umbrella, educaiton, energy and housing will be tackled through respective individual tracks of competition in 5 cities: Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. The winning team from each track, per city, and the virtual competition will advance to an all-expense paid global final in New York City, where each team will be given the opportunity to present their solution to a world-class panel of executive judges.

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Jenzabar Foundation Student Leaderships Awards None

The Jenzabar Foundation finds and rewards student leadership that is committed to humanitarian efforts. The Foundation gives student groups the opportunity for financial support as they take on humanitarian projects.

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JW Saxe Memorial Fund for Public Service TBA

A prize of $2000 will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given to applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.

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Linda Pei Undergradute Research Grant 2013-2014

New in 2008, the Linda Pei Undergraduate Research Grant supports an undergraduate research project related to issues of women’s financial empowerment such as: gender equality in the workplace; micro-lending to women in developing nations; and, the relationship between educational attainment and financial independence for women. The $1000 grant is to be used to further research.

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MacJannet Prize TBA

MacJannet Prize Call for Nominations

The fifth annual MacJannet Prize will recognize exceptional student civic engagement initiatives based in Talloires Network member universities around the world and contribute financially to their ongoing public service efforts.

Visit their website to learn more, see profiles of previous winners, and nominate a program.


  • First Prize: $7,500
  • Second Prize: $5,000
  • Third Prize: $2,500

Nominate a Program Now!

Visit the website for details and to download a nomination form.

Email with questions.

MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship 2013

Are you aware of an exceptional student organization at Brown University that has  existed for at least two years?

The MacJannet Prize recognizes exceptional student community engagement initiatives at Talloires Network member universities and contributes financially to their ongoing public service efforts. In 2012, three programs will receive awards: 1st Prize ($7,500), 2nd Prize ($5,000), and 3rd Prize ($2,500). Profiles of the winners will be posted on the MacJannet Prize website.

Anyone can nominate an organization, but nominations must be accompanied by a letter or email of support from the head of the university. Only two programs may be nominated from any university in a single year.

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Merck Family Fund 8/1/13

The Merck Family Fund was established in 1954 by George W. Merck, President of Merck & Co. He created the fund for two principal reasons: to do good with the resources acquired through the company's success, and to create an opportunity to regularly bring family members together. The two goals of the Merck Family Fund are: to restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come; and to strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community.

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Pepsi Refresh Project The 15th of every month

The Pepsi Refresh Project offers grants of $5,000-$250,000 for individuals, businesses, and organizations that submit ideas to make a positive impact on their communities. The competition allows for 1,000 ideas to be submitted in the first two weeks of each month and then the money is awarded by the end of the month. Grant categories include: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, the Planet, Neighborhoods, and Education.

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Projects for Peace TBA

Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2009. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each

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Rhode Island Business Plan Competition 4/1/13

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition is the leading community-supported business plan competition in the Northeast, supported by private businesses, colleges and universities, public entities, and nonprofit organizations. Established in 2000, the Competition aims to further develop the entrepreneurial spirit in Rhode Island and help create growth companies that will increase local employment. The Competition encourages plans for new businesses, as well as from early stage companies. An early stage, or seed stage, company typically is at the inventor stage where there is an idea, a concept, or even a product, but little or no income has been generated yet.

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Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest TBA

The $1K Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest will be a high-energy, lively evening where you will have 90 seconds to present your idea to a diverse audience and panel of judges. This 90-second period represents the time you'd have to share a long elevator ride with that potential investor. This is a great opportunity to get your idea in front of investors, gather valuable feedback, potentially meet new teammates or advisors, and possibly win some cash! The event will take place December 8, 2009 from 5-7pm and is free and open to the public.

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Samuel Huntington Public Service Award TBA

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

To apply, please develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

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Save One: Reinventing Maternal Health 4/29/13

In celebration of International Women's Day, ABC News' Be the Change: Save a Life and the Duke Global Health Institute are pleased to announce an opportunity for university students-undergraduate, graduate and professional students-to share their big ideas and emerging innovations in maternal health care. The Reinventing Maternal Health Challenge is looking for university students from around the world to submit a five-minute video explaining their big idea for improving maternal health.

The prize? $10,000 and the opportunity to deploy those ideas, or early prototypes, into the world. The winner will be connected with mentors from The Lemelson Foundation and invited to present their ideas before global health experts at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

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SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development 2013 The SEED Awards supports "locally-led, innovative, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries, which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability." The project recognizes 15 finalists and 5 award winners. Winners receive capacity building training and organizational support, estimated at a $40,000 value.
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Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants (International Youth Fund) None

We believe in the power of young people to change the world for the better. Starbucks has a culture of innovation and entrepreneurialism. With the Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants, we use this spirit of innovation to inspire young people to take action to create positive solutions to real local needs they see in their neighborhoods. We believe that by supporting young people, we make real change in local communities and inspire additional individuals to take part in community service. Not problems to be solved, rather these young people use their passion to solve problems.

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The CJP/PresenTense Boston Social Entrepreneur Fellowship November 2013

The CJP/PresenTense Boston Social Entrepreneur Fellowship aims to engage, leverage, and inspire the Boston Jewish Community. The fellowship intends to encourage fellows to utilize the vast resources of the Jewish community to solve existing social problems.

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Online Application

Participation and tuition at no cost
Unreasonable Institute September 2013

The Second Annual Unreasonable Institute will unite 25 of the world's most promising entrepreneurs who are relentlessly working to tackle the world's greatest social and entironmental problems. Over the course of the 8-week Institute in the summer of 2011, these entrepreneurs (deemed Unreasonable Fellows) will work and live with 60 world-class mentors, pitch their ventures to investors and foundations in five major entrepreneurial hubs across the United States (San Francisco, Boulder, Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C.), learn from top consulting organizations, and gain unprecedented exposure, training, mentorship, and access to the seed capital needed to give their ventures wings.


 Ultimately, the Institute is relentlessly focused on one objective: accelerating ventures that will measurable improve the lives of 1,000,000 people and that future generations will remember as having defined progress in our time. Read about everything that an Unreasonable Fellow gets, and see the requirements to apply.

Connections with 100+ funders
William James Foundation - Socially Repsonsible Business Plan Competition November 2013
Entrepreneurs who are seeking to accomplish social and/or environmental goals within the structure of a for-profit company should consider entering our competition. The William James Foundation works with more than 500 reading judges, who are world-class experts in sustainable business. 3/4ths of our reading judges chose to sign their scorecards, giving you the option to connect with these industry leaders as potential mentors, customers, investors, and champions. The 2011-12 In-Kind prizes will be worth more than $100,000. The top three teams in each of our two main prize categories (Idea-Phase and Venture-Phase) will each divide up at least $10,000 in cash prizes. Learn more. $100,000
Young Activist Award: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Fund June 30, 2013

This award, which carries a cash prize of $6000, is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The recipients should have demonstrated leadership abiliy, creativity, and integrity. The cash award is divided equally between the individual recipient and an organization of his/her choosing.

Nominations for the Young Activist Award may be submitted at any time by filling out the Nomination Form. Nominations for the next award are due by June 30 of the current year. Finalists will be asked to submit further supporting documents (letters of recommendation, articles by or about the candidate, etc.)

All submissions to: Savio@Sonic.Net

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$1,000 each month is allocated to help jump start someone's dream project. From community initiatives to art projects to new businesses - all dreams are welcome. 

Their hope with this Fellowship is to enable friends new and old to bring the words of the manifesto to life, each in their own way.

Would you help us to share this beyond the Holstee community?

Here's how to say it under 140 characters:
The @Holstee Fellowship is looking to jumpstart a dream project with $1000 every month.

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HCD Connect MicroGrants July 15, 2013 What’s an HCD Microgrant?
An HCD Microgrant is a grant of either $5,000 or $10,000 focused on human-centered design projects related to agriculture. There are two types of Microgrant award categories:
  • Planning grants ($5,000)
  • Implementation grants ($10,000)

Curious to learn more? Download this PDF and read about our Microgrant winners from 2012.

Application Deadline & Funding Period:
Applications will open on June 1, 2013.
Applications must be received by 11:59pm PST on July 15, 2013.
Successful Microgrant projects will be funded in October 2013.

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