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Seed Fund Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools and Public Agencies
for Arts, Environment, Agriculture and Social Finance

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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RSF Social Finance

Deadline Date:

03/15/18 11:59 PM PST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,500 to USA nonprofit organizations, schools and universities, tribes and tribal organizations, and government agencies for new initiatives to further the field of social finance, or address issues of food and agriculture, education and arts, and ecological stewardship.

New initiatives, defined for the purposes of this Fund as organizations in the first two years of operation; and new projects or programs less than one year old from organizations with an operating history greater than two years.

Grantees must demonstrate a capacity for effectiveness and impact in addressing their cause.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169100

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500 - $3,500

Term of Contract:

Multi-year operating needs will not be funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The RSF Seed Fund accepts proposals from organizations that are any of the following:

-501(c)(3) tax-exempt per the IRS
-Fiscally sponsored with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status per the IRS
-Schools or universities
-Non-governmental entities, Indian tribes or tribal nonprofit organizations, and territorial, tribal, or unit of local government entities

Not Funded:
-Multi-year operating needs
-Ongoing capital or capital projects and campaigns
-Projects expanding in geographic scope only
-Travel, or attending conferences and workshops
-International work
-Foreign organizations
-For-profit companies

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted by midnight on March 15 to be considered.

Grants will be awarded by the end of May. Please do not call RSF to inquire about the status of your proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online here:

Afsana Hye, Program Associate, Philanthropic Services

RSF Social Finance
1002 O’Reilly Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

F: 415.561.3900
F: 415.561.3919

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