Long Term Future Fund and EA Meta Fund applications open until June 28th

Both the Long Term Fu­ture and the EA Meta fund have now opened their ap­pli­ca­tions again. You can ap­ply here:

Both of these funds will from now on have rol­ling ap­pli­ca­tions, with a win­dow of about 3-4 months be­tween re­sponses. The ap­pli­ca­tion win­dow for the com­ing round will end on the 28th of June 2019. Any ap­pli­ca­tion re­ceived af­ter that will re­ceive a re­sponse around four months later dur­ing the next eval­u­a­tion pe­riod (un­less it in­di­cates that it is ur­gent, though we are less likely to fund out-of-cy­cle ap­pli­ca­tions).

The Long Term Fu­ture Fund

We con­tinue to be par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in small teams and in­di­vi­d­u­als that are try­ing to get pro­jects off the ground, or that need less money than ex­ist­ing grant-mak­ing in­sti­tu­tions are likely to give out (i.e. less than ~$100k, but more than $10k, since we can’t give grants be­low $10k). Here are some con­crete ex­am­ples:

  • To spend a few months (per­haps dur­ing the sum­mer) to re­search an open prob­lem in AI al­ign­ment or AI strat­egy and pro­duce a few blog posts or videos on their ideas

  • To spend a few months build­ing a web app with the po­ten­tial to solve an op­er­a­tions bot­tle­neck at x-risk organisations

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

  • To spend a year test­ing an idea that has the po­ten­tial to be built into an org

You are also likely to find read­ing the write­ups of our past grant de­ci­sions valuable to help you de­cide whether your pro­ject is a good fit:

Ap­ply Here

The EA Meta Fund

The EA Meta Fund aims to write grants to groups that drive more high-qual­ity tal­ent, in­for­ma­tion and cap­i­tal to­wards tack­ling the world’s biggest prob­lems. We are in­ter­ested in ap­pli­ca­tions from or­gani­sa­tions and in­di­vi­d­u­als work­ing on long-es­tab­lished as well as com­pletely new pro­jects. While the small­est pos­si­ble grant we can make is $10 000, we are very much in­ter­ested in small pro­jects re­quiring only small grants.

To get a bet­ter idea of what kind of pro­jects we might be in­ter­ested in fund­ing, you can re­view our grant write­ups for March 2019 and Novem­ber 2018. Note that the pro­jects we have funded so far do not pre­sent an ex­haus­tive list of types of pro­jects we might be in­ter­ested in fund­ing. Some other ex­am­ples of pro­jects we might be in­ter­ested in fund­ing:

  • A pro­ject build­ing and sup­port­ing pro­fes­sion-spe­cific net­works in EA

  • Ini­ti­a­tives to tar­get spe­cific com­mu­nity problems

  • Re­search pro­jects re­lated to cause prioritisation

  • A pro­ject ex­per­i­ment­ing with novel fundrais­ing strate­gies or tar­get groups

Our ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess con­sists of two stages. The first stage con­sists of sub­mit­ting the ap­pli­ca­tion form, where you only need to an­swer two ques­tions about your pro­ject, in less than 300 words each. We will get back to ap­pli­cants by the 1st of July.

For the sec­ond stage of the ap­pli­ca­tion, we will ei­ther ask ques­tions via email/​re­quest fur­ther ma­te­rial or ar­range a phone call, po­ten­tially both. This will be de­cided on a case by case ba­sis for each po­ten­tial grantee. We will finish the sec­ond stage of the ap­pli­ca­tion by the 6th of July, which is when we will need re­sponses by.

We will in­form you of our fi­nal de­ci­sions by late July.

Ap­ply here

What kind of ap­pli­ca­tions can we fund?

After last round, CEA clar­ified what kinds of grants we are likely able to make, which in­cludes the vast ma­jor­ity of ap­pli­ca­tions we have re­ceived in past rounds. In gen­eral you should err on the side of ap­ply­ing, since I think it is very likely we will be able to make some­thing work. How­ever, be­cause of or­ga­ni­za­tional over­head we are more likely to fund ap­pli­ca­tions to reg­istered char­i­ties and less likely to fund pro­jects that re­quire com­pli­cated ar­range­ments to be com­pli­ant with char­ity law.

For grants to in­di­vi­d­u­als, we can definitely fund the fol­low­ing types of grants:

  • Events/​workshops

  • Scholarships

  • Self-study

  • Re­search project

  • Con­tent creation

  • Product cre­ation (eg: tool/​re­source that can be used by com­mu­nity)

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 reach out to con­firm a spe­cific pro­ject.

  • 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 isn’t di­rectly con­nected to pub­lic benefit.

    • Note this is differ­ent to self-study, where per­son in­tends to do own re­search or gain skills that are di­rectly con­nected to com­mu­nity benefit

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 con­tact Oliver Habryka di­rectly un­der (ealongtermfu­ture@gmail.com) if you have ques­tions about the Long Term Fu­ture Fund, as well as Denise Melchin at denisemelchin@gmail.com if you have ques­tions about the EA Meta Fund.