EA Community Building Grants Applications Open

CEA is hold­ing a sec­ond ap­pli­ca­tion round for EA Com­mu­nity Build­ing Grants, with ap­pli­ca­tions open un­til Mon­day 18th Fe­bru­ary.

Effec­tive Altru­ism Com­mu­nity Build­ing Grants is a pro­ject run by the Cen­tre for Effec­tive Altru­ism (CEA), pro­vid­ing grants of be­tween $5,000 and $100,000 to in­di­vi­d­u­als and groups do­ing lo­cal effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity build­ing. The main type of ap­pli­ca­tion we re­ceive is for fund­ing for group lead­ers to con­duct part-time or full-time paid work with their groups, though we also ac­cept ap­pli­ca­tions for more gen­eral EA com­mu­nity build­ing pro­jects.

We ex­pect suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions to have the fol­low­ing:

Ex­cep­tional Or­ga­niz­ers:

A high-po­ten­tial EA group:

  • An in­ner core of well-co­or­di­nated organizers

  • Stable, highly-en­gaged group members

  • A goal-ori­ented ac­tivity portfolio

  • A record of past suc­cess in at­tract­ing tal­ented, ded­i­cated peo­ple to make sig­nifi­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the most im­por­tant problems

For more de­tail re­gard­ing the qual­ities we ex­pect suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions to have, see the EA Com­mu­nity Build­ing Grants An­nounce­ment Post.

The main stages of the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess and the es­ti­mated times it will take for grantees to com­plete are as fol­lows:

  • Short Ap­pli­ca­tion—about 10-30 min­utes.

  • Long Ap­pli­ca­tion—about 3-8 hours.

  • In­ter­views—about 1-2 hours.

For the cur­rent round, we will have a bud­get cap of $150,000, though we are not com­mit­ted to grant­ing the full amount. This makes the cur­rent fund­ing round sig­nifi­cantly smaller in scale than the pre­vi­ous round in Spring 2018, which granted a to­tal of $623,000.

We are wait­ing on the com­ple­tion of an im­pact eval­u­a­tion for the pre­vi­ous grants be­fore de­cid­ing upon sig­nifi­cantly scal­ing the pro­ject. As such, this round is for highly promis­ing, time-sen­si­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties that we’d be will­ing to com­mit to be­fore the com­ple­tion of the im­pact eval­u­a­tion. Given the above, the bar for suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions will be higher than the pre­vi­ous round.

Please let us know if you need us to make a de­ci­sion within a cer­tain time pe­riod. In or­der to ap­ply, please com­plete the short ap­pli­ca­tion form.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about EA Com­mu­nity Grants, in­clud­ing the ra­tio­nale be­hind the pro­ject and the kinds of ap­pli­ca­tions that we would like to fund, see the fol­low­ing posts:

To ap­ply for smaller amounts of EA group fund­ing, see the fol­low­ing page:

If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact groups@effec­tivealtru­ism.org. If you would like to learn more about the ex­pe­rience of cur­rent EA Com­mu­nity Grant Re­cip­i­ents, the fol­low­ing grantees have said they would be happy to take ques­tions:

  • EA Nor­way—Eirin Ev­jen and Jor­gen Ljones—post[at]effek­ti­valtru­isme.no

  • EA Cam­bridge—Eve McCormick—evem­c­cormick410[at]gmail.com

  • EA Es­to­nia—Risto Uuk—ris­touuk[at]gmail.com