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A list of microgrant programs for your good ideas.

I started a program called Helium Grants, which provided $1K no-strings-attached grants to encourage people to do the things they want to do (now on hiatus). In the process, I came across a bunch of other microgrant programs, which are documented below. All amounts are listed in USD unless otherwise specified.

If you're interested in starting your own microgrant program, I've also created a few templates, which you're welcome to use.

5x5 Night

http://5x5night.com/
5x5 Night takes place once a month. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected creators explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help.

Awesome Foundation

http://www.awesomefoundation.org/
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly.

Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund

https://laundromatproject.org/create-connect-fund/
A community micro-grant fund launched by The Laundromat Project providing $1,000 grants to seed and support the creative ideas and civic actions of artists, cultural practitioners, community builders, organizers, and makers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (New York City).

cache money grants

https://cachemoney.xyz/grants/
$5K grants, paid in crypto (BTC, ETH, SOL), for "hackers and/or artists who want to tackle interesting new ideas in the crypto space."

Clarity Health Fund

https://www.clarityhealthfund.org/
$1,000 USD microgrants for progress in psychedelics and drug policy. Clarity Health Fund’s primary mission is to bring psychedelics into the wellness system. Larger grants are also available.

Climate Grants

https://www.climategrants.earth/
Climate Grants gives $1000 each month to people working on solving climate change, no strings attached.

Echoing Green Fellowship

https://echoinggreen.org/fellowship/
A two-year, full-time fellowship for social sector leaders who challenge the status quo. $80,000 for individuals, $90,000 for partnerships, in addition to a flexible benefit stipend.

Emergent Ventures

https://www.mercatus.org/emergentventures
Emergent Ventures, a new fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center, seeks to support entrepreneurs and brilliant minds with highly scalable, “zero to one” ideas for meaningfully improving society.

Farnsworth Fund

https://farnsworthfund.com/
The Farnsworth Fund provides $1,000 grants to create a entrepreneurial culture in northeast Indiana that welcomes new ideas and encourages them to dream bigger.

Feather Grants

https://feathergrants.org/
Feather Grants are an experiment in micro-patronage, providing tiny grants ($150 - $500) to individuals creating positive-sum value across a variety of fields.

Gumroad Creators Fund

https://blog.gumroad.com/post/183876075758/introducing-the-first-batch-of-our-creators-fund
Over the course of the year, Gumroad will allocate over $50,000 (10% of their profits) to a variety of creators and creative projects. Each "grant" will be between $500 and $5,000.

Indie Fund

http://indie-fund.com/
Indie Fund aims to support the growth of games as a medium by helping indie developers get financially independent and stay financially independent.

Macktez Summer Stipend

https://www.macktez.com/stipend/
The Macktez Summer Stipend is a $1,000 development grant to encourage creative people to pursue and complete their personal projects.

Mitzvoters

https://www.mitzvoters.org/
Mitzvoters is a group that leverages $50/month collective giving to award $500 grants to "cast a vote about what we want to thrive."

Nagarathna Memorial Grant

https://thejeshgn.com/projects/nagarathna-memorial-grant/
Up to INR 80,000 (~ $1,100) to people. No questions asked.

Native Cultures Fund

https://www.hafoundation.org/Grantseekers/Native-Cultures-Fund
$1,000-$10,000 for projects that support California native culture, arts, knowledge systems, and lifeways.

NLNet Foundation

https://nlnet.nl/propose/
$5K to $50K for open source projects by independent researchers and developers. NLnet also funds standards efforts. Releasing software, hardware, and content under open licenses, and the application of open standards where possible are transversal requirements for projects to be eligible for grants.

Open Humans Project Grant

https://www.openhumans.org/grants/
$5,000 for human data projects (ex. genetic, activity or social media data) that help grow the Open Humans ecosystem.

Pandemonium Capital

https://www.pandemonium.capital/
Up to $150 in microgrants for people who want to do "something chaotic."

Pollination Project

https://thepollinationproject.org/
The Pollination Project awards seed grants daily to social change leaders seeking to benefit the world (both individuals, and community groups that do not have paid staff). Up to $1,000 per initial grant. Successful grantees become eligible for additional grants up to $5,000.

Primer Grants

https://www.withprimer.com/blog/introducing-primer-grants
Primer Grants are awards of up to $500 per student to fund ambitious projects from kids around the world.

Project Cover

http://projectcover.org/
Cover is a non-profit that gifts small ($500) grants to driven people. Their mission is to extend access to knowledge, networks, and opportunities for those who are working hard to achieve great things. Restricted to United States citizens and resident aliens.

Prototype Fund

https://prototypefund.de
The Prototype Fund is a collaboration between the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. You can get up to 47.500€ for your open source project. This grant is only available for people living in Germany, but available with any passport.

Puffin Foundation

http://www.puffinfoundation.org/grants-info.html
Up to $2,500 for emerging artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy.

Science Debate

https://sciencedebate.org/minigrants.html
$1,000-$3,000 "mini grants" for community organizers and science policy advocates across the United States, particularly those who organize efforts and coordinate the mobilization of people to promote discussion of science policy by electoral candidates. Science Debate is a nonpartisan organization.

SciFounders

https://scifounders.com/
The SciFounder Fellowship is "designed to encourage early-career scientists with great ideas to get started on their own companies. You will receive an initial investment of $400,000 and mentorship in the form of regular office hours for one year."

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

https://www.thesisters.org/grants
$250-$1000 grants to support under-funded, small organizations and projects providing direct services to under-served communities. The projects they support tend to be progressive grassroots projects that promote wellness, joy, tolerance, and diversity within our communities, and that support the LGBTQ+ community. Bay Area projects preferred.

Thiel Fellowship

https://thielfellowship.org/
$100,000 over two years for young people who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists.

Unitary Fund

http://unitary.fund/
Get $4,000 for your open source quantum computing project.

Inactive microgrant programs

To my knowledge, these grant programs are no longer active, but you might find them useful to read about as case studies.

Got another grant program to suggest?

Open a pull request or issue and add it here! The list is sorted alphabetically. I'll add more programs as I hear about them.

If you don't use GitHub, tweet your suggestion @nayafia or drop me a line and I'll add it to this list.

License

This list, humble as it may be, is available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 License, meaning you are free to use it for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, without any attribution back to me (public domain). If you do use it, I'd love to hear about it! (Find me here: @nayafia) But you are in no way required to do so.

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