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The An­i­mal Welfare Fund, the Long-Term Fu­ture Fund, and the EA In­fras­truc­ture Fund (formerly the EA Meta Fund) are call­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions.

If you have a pro­ject you think will im­prove the world, and it seems like a good fit for one of our Funds, we en­courage you to ap­ply. Ap­ply here.

Ap­pli­ca­tion dead­lines:

  • Long-Term Fu­ture Fund: Fri­day, Septem­ber 25th (edit: now ex­tended to Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2nd at 11:59 pm PST)

  • EA In­fras­truc­ture Fund: Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2nd at 11:59 pm PST

  • An­i­mal Welfare Fund: Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 10th at 12:00 pm UTC

We some­times meet peo­ple who did not ap­ply be­cause they thought they would not be funded. Some of them even­tu­ally ap­plied and were funded, de­spite their doubts, be­cause we were ex­cited by their pro­jects. Ap­ply­ing is fast and easy; we re­ally do en­courage it!

The ap­pli­ca­tion con­sists of sub­mit­ting a brief form. In case we have any fol­low-up ques­tions, we will reach out to you via email or ar­range a phone call. The de­ci­sions will be com­mu­ni­cated by mid-Novem­ber (or sooner in some cases). If you need to hear back sooner, just let us know.

All of these Funds have rol­ling ap­pli­ca­tions, with ap­pli­ca­tion dead­lines ev­ery four months (in Oc­to­ber, Fe­bru­ary, and June). Any ap­pli­ca­tion re­ceived af­ter the dead­lines stated above will re­ceive a re­sponse around five months later, dur­ing the next eval­u­a­tion pe­riod. (The EA In­fras­truc­ture Fund and Long-Term Fu­ture Fund (but not the An­i­mal Welfare Fund) may make out-of-cy­cle grants if the timing is ur­gent, but they are less likely to fund out-of-cy­cle ap­pli­ca­tions.)

Please note that the min­i­mum grant size at EA Funds has been re­duced from $10,000 to $1,000. EA Funds will con­sider grant amounts up to $250,000, though we gen­er­ally pre­fer to make smaller grants (this thresh­old pre­vi­ously was $100,000 with rare ex­cep­tions). EA Funds can make grants to in­di­vi­d­u­als, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, and other en­tities in most coun­tries.

If you have any ques­tions about the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess or other ques­tions re­lated to the Funds, feel free to sub­mit them in the com­ments. You can also reach out to:

An­i­mal Welfare Fund

The An­i­mal Welfare Fund aims to effec­tively im­prove the well-be­ing of non­hu­man an­i­mals, by mak­ing grants that fo­cus on one or more of the fol­low­ing:

  • Rel­a­tively ne­glected ge­o­graphic re­gions or groups of animals

  • Promis­ing re­search into an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy or an­i­mal well-being

  • Ac­tivi­ties that could make it eas­ier to help an­i­mals in the future

  • Other­wise best-in-class opportunities

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Fund’s fo­cus, see its re­quest for pro­posal for this round and past grants.

Ap­ply to the An­i­mal Welfare Fund

Long-Term Fu­ture Fund

The Long-Term Fu­ture Fund aims to pos­i­tively in­fluence the long-term tra­jec­tory of civ­i­liza­tion by mak­ing grants that ad­dress global catas­trophic risks, es­pe­cially po­ten­tial risks from ad­vanced ar­tifi­cial in­tel­li­gence and pan­demics. In ad­di­tion, we seek to pro­mote, im­ple­ment, and ad­vo­cate for longter­mist ideas, and to oth­er­wise in­crease the like­li­hood that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will flour­ish.

We con­tinue to be par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in small teams and in­di­vi­d­u­als who are less likely to be funded by ex­ist­ing, larger grant­mak­ers. Some con­crete ex­am­ples of pro­jects we would like to fund:

  • Teach­ing buy-outs, schol­ar­ships, and top-up fund­ing for stu­dents and PhD can­di­dates in rele­vant ar­eas to free up more time for research

  • Spend­ing a few months (per­haps dur­ing the sum­mer) re­search­ing an open prob­lem in AI al­ign­ment or AI strat­egy and pro­duc­ing a few blog ar­ti­cles or videos on your ideas

  • Do­ing an un­paid in­tern­ship rele­vant to de­vel­op­ing a ca­reer aimed at im­prov­ing the long-term future

  • Spend­ing a few months build­ing a web app with the po­ten­tial to solve an op­er­a­tions bot­tle­neck for ex­is­ten­tial risk organizations

  • Spend­ing a few months up-skil­ling in a field to pre­pare for fu­ture work (e.g., microe­co­nomics, func­tional pro­gram­ming)

  • Spend­ing a year test­ing an idea that has the po­ten­tial to be built into an organization

  • Work­ing on a larger pro­ject or po­ten­tial new or­ga­ni­za­tion with the goal of im­prov­ing the long-term future

Our pre­vi­ous grant re­ports may help you de­cide whether your pro­ject is a good fit.

Ap­ply to the Long-Term Fu­ture Fund

EA In­fras­truc­ture Fund

The EA In­fras­truc­ture Fund recom­mends grants that aim to im­prove the work of pro­jects that use the prin­ci­ples of effec­tive al­tru­ism, by in­creas­ing their ac­cess to tal­ent, cap­i­tal, and knowl­edge. We are in­ter­ested in ap­pli­ca­tions from or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vi­d­u­als work­ing on new or es­tab­lished pro­jects.

To get a bet­ter idea of what kinds of pro­jects we might be in­ter­ested in fund­ing, you can re­view our past pay­out re­ports.

Note that the pro­jects we have funded so far do not rep­re­sent an ex­haus­tive list of the types of pro­jects we might be in­ter­ested in fund­ing. Some other ex­am­ples of pro­jects we might fund:

  • Pro­jects ex­per­i­ment­ing with novel strate­gies for tal­ent de­vel­op­ment and fundraising

  • Pro­jects build­ing and sup­port­ing pro­fes­sion-spe­cific net­works in EA

  • Ini­ti­a­tives tar­get­ing prob­lems in the EA community

  • Re­search pro­jects re­lated to cause prioritization

Please note that if your pro­ject re­lates to com­mu­nity build­ing for lo­cal, re­gional, or na­tional groups, you should ap­ply to CEA’s Com­mu­nity Build­ing Grants (CBG) pro­gramme. How­ever, the EA In­fras­truc­ture Fund is still keen to fund pro­jects ini­ti­ated by lo­cal groups which are un­re­lated to com­mu­nity build­ing. If you are un­cer­tain whether you should ap­ply to the EA In­fras­truc­ture Fund or the CBG pro­gramme, please con­tact us.

Ap­ply to the EA In­fras­truc­ture Fund

What types of grants can we fund?

For grants to in­di­vi­d­u­als, we are likely able to fund the fol­low­ing types of grants:

  • Events/​workshops

  • Scholarships

  • Self-study

  • Re­search projects

  • Con­tent creation

  • Product cre­ation (e.g., a tool/​re­source that can be used by the com­mu­nity)

Ap­pli­ca­tions for for-profit pro­jects (e.g., seed fund­ing for start-ups) may be referred to EA-al­igned in­vestors.

We will likely not be able to make the fol­low­ing types of grants:

  • Gran­tees re­quest­ing fund­ing for a list of pos­si­ble projects

    • In this case, we would fund only a sin­gle pro­ject of the pro­posed ones. Feel free to ap­ply with mul­ti­ple pro­jects, but we will have to con­firm a spe­cific pro­ject be­fore we is­sue fund­ing.

  • Self-de­vel­op­ment that is not di­rectly re­lated to com­mu­nity benefit

    • In or­der to make grants, the pub­lic benefit needs to be greater than the pri­vate benefit to any in­di­vi­d­ual. So we can­not make grants that fo­cus on helping a sin­gle in­di­vi­d­ual in a way that is not di­rectly con­nected to pub­lic benefit.

Please err on the side of ap­ply­ing, as it is likely we will be able to make some­thing work if the fund man­agers are ex­cited about the pro­ject. We look for­ward to hear­ing from you.