Open Road Alliance: Charitable Grants

Open Road Alliance

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $80,000 - US $120,000

Fields of work: Community Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit, For-Profit Business

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Charitable Grants

Our grants help social enterprises and nonprofits overcome obstacles to impact as they challenge the status quo to create a better world. From the health nonprofit facing a clinic shutdown due to a delayed grant payment, to the education provider unable to continue services due to a policy change, our charitable grants ensure innovative efforts to address the world’s greatest challenges can carry on without interruption.

Our Criteria

As a funder exclusively focused on the unexpected, Open Road provides support across geographies and sectors. The projects we fund must meet the following criteria.

  • Mid-Implementation: A mid-implementation project is one that is otherwise fully funded, staffed, and designed. If not for this unexpected roadblock or opportunity, there would be no outstanding need.
  • Unexpected: A project that encounters an unforeseeable roadblock or opportunity. This includes changes in government regulations, laws, or tariffs; a crop-destroying virus; unusual weather conditions, or other events exogenous to program design.
  • Discrete: A one-time, one project grant to address a specific solvable problem that arose mid-implementation. Once provided, no additional funds should be necessary from Open Road or any other funder to see the project through completion.
  • Catalytic: A catalytic project expands impact significantly beyond a one to one relationship, resulting in a multiplier effect. Catalytic implies exponential or leveraged returns.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Charitable grants are almost always given to non-profit organizations where there is a loss of funding instead of a timing issue.
  • Open Road looks for a multiplier effect where the grant will have outsized impact on a given sector.

This page was last reviewed August 20, 2020 and last updated August 20, 2020