EA Angel Group: Applications Open for Personal/​Project Funding

Ap­ply­ing for a Grant

The EA An­gel Group is a group of in­di­vi­d­ual donors in EA that are in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing fund­ing for early-stage high-im­pact ac­tivi­ties. We ac­cept ap­pli­ca­tions across all cause ar­eas. We do not have a strict cut­off for the size of the pro­ject that is ap­ply­ing or the amount of money re­quested, al­though each donor gen­er­ally has the abil­ity to make one or more grants a year in the thou­sands to tens of thou­sands of dol­lars range, so grants in that range are most likely to be funded. Mul­ti­ple an­gels can work to­gether to fund a larger grant re­quest, and ap­pli­cants can choose to have their ap­pli­ca­tion shared with other EA fund­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Ap­ply here: https://​​goo.gl/​​forms/​​kW3g8THA7fVUrr4h2

Our Ap­pli­cant-Friendly and Fun­der-Friendly Grant System

Our grant ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem at­tempts to ad­dress three main prob­lems in the early-stage EA fund­ing land­scape: fun­ders hid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from other fun­ders, not let­ting peo­ple ap­ply for fund­ing dur­ing cer­tain times of the year, and not pro­vid­ing ap­pli­cants with up­dates or feed­back on their ap­pli­ca­tion.

Shar­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties with Funders

Ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists in the for-profit sec­tor hide in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties from oth­ers for per­sonal mon­e­tary gain. EA grant­mak­ers have no such rea­son for hid­ing fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from other ex­pe­rienced fun­ders. There­fore, I be­lieve that EA grant­mak­ers such as EA Grants, BERI Grants, and the EAF Fund should all use a shared cen­tral ap­pli­ca­tion so that each fun­der can dis­cover and fund promis­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that they oth­er­wise may not have en­coun­tered.

To im­prove op­por­tu­nity dis­cov­ery among fun­ders, our ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem is de­signed to sup­port easy shar­ing of our ap­pli­ca­tions with ex­ter­nal fun­ders. We use an opt-out sys­tem to en­courage ap­pli­cants to agree to have their ap­pli­ca­tion shared and we will proac­tively reach out to EA fun­ders to en­courage ap­pli­ca­tion shar­ing. We hope this is a first step to­wards greater ap­pli­ca­tion shar­ing and per­haps a cen­tral ap­pli­ca­tion among fun­ders.

Rol­ling Applications

Similarly to the prob­lem of not shar­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with other fun­ders, we be­lieve EA fun­ders should not have ap­pli­ca­tion rounds that close, some­times for large parts of the year and some­times with great un­cer­tainty about when they will open again. This causes fun­ders to po­ten­tially miss out on promis­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Our grant ap­pli­ca­tion will re­main open year round and our an­gels will re­view grant ap­pli­ca­tions year round so that we can dis­cover, eval­u­ate, and fund as many high-im­pact op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble.

To make sure fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are up to date and in­crease aware­ness of our grant ap­pli­ca­tion, we are con­sid­er­ing the con­cept of hav­ing grant win­dows. Grant win­dows may cor­re­spond to each quar­ter of the year (Jan­uary–March, April–June, July–Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber–De­cem­ber). Ap­pli­ca­tions dur­ing more re­cent grant win­dows would be con­sid­ered more up to date and as such would re­ceive more at­ten­tion. We could an­nounce new grant win­dows so that aware­ness of our grant ap­pli­ca­tion re­mains high through­out the year.

Pro­vid­ing Up­dates and Feed­back to Grant Applications

Feed­back can be highly valuable to grant ap­pli­cants be­cause it helps them un­der­stand po­ten­tial is­sues with their pro­posal and how to ad­dress those is­sues in the eyes of eval­u­a­tors. The EA An­gel Group has his­tor­i­cally pro­vided all ap­pli­cants with up­dates on their ap­pli­ca­tion and feed­back on their pro­posal by sum­ma­riz­ing and anonymiz­ing the main points of an­gel dis­cus­sion (if there is any, in some cases an­gels might rapidly eval­u­ate a pro­ject with­out writ­ing up their thoughts).

Ad­di­tional Opportunities

Be­come an an­gel: We are seek­ing effec­tive al­tru­ists that are pre­pared to spend sig­nifi­cant time and money to eval­u­ate and fund early-stage grants. If this sounds like you or some­one you know, please di­rect your­self or your con­tacts to this an­gel ap­pli­ca­tion form: https://​​goo.gl/​​forms/​​WCt7hC9IuMJJT3qZ2

Provide high im­pact pro­jects with fund­ing with­out eval­u­at­ing grants your­self: If you are in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing fund­ing for promis­ing early-stage pro­jects in EA and have our an­gels/​eval­u­a­tors do the work of sourc­ing, eval­u­at­ing, and pro­vid­ing post-grant sup­port to pro­jects, please get in touch with us about donat­ing. Also, please let us know if you’re in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing our in­ter­nal ini­ti­a­tives such as pro­mot­ing a com­mon ap­pli­ca­tion among fun­ders and mak­ing per­sonal and pro­ject grants tax de­ductible.

Vol­un­teer for us: We may have op­por­tu­ni­ties available for vol­un­teers that would like to help with sourc­ing and eval­u­at­ing grant op­por­tu­ni­ties. Please get in touch if you’re in­ter­ested!