RSF Seed Fund Grant

Rudolf Steiner Foundation - RSF Social Finance

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $3,500

Anticipated deadline: Mar 13, 2021 10:59pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



RSF Mission & Vision

RSF Social Finance seeks to revolutionize how people relate to money. We’re a financial services organization that has formed a growing community of motivated, values-driven investors, donors and entrepreneurs. Together, we believe that direct, transparent and personal relationships are essential to healing the economy, one that is based on generosity and interconnectedness.

We envision a world in which money serves the highest intentions of the human spirit and contributes to an economy based on generosity and interconnectedness.

Each of us has a purpose in life, a journey of discovery and recognition. When we are able to bring that purpose in service to others and recognize one another’s gifts and needs, then money can move in a way that liberates human capacity for compassionate action.

To create financial relationships that are direct, transparent, personal and focused on long-term social, economic and ecological benefit.

We achieve our mission by:

  • Offering investors and donors dynamic ways to align their money with their values
  • Connecting entrepreneurs with diverse forms of capital
  • Empowering leaders and advancing innovations in the field of social finance

Seed Fund

The Seed Fund provides small grants (between $500 and $3,500) to organizations offering innovative solutions to furthering the field of social finance, or addressing issues in the areas of food & agriculture, education & the arts, or ecological stewardship. Grantees should demonstrate capacity for effectiveness and impact.

The RSF Seed Fund is a modest-sized fund and supported annually by unrestricted gifts to RSF rather than from an endowment.

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


  • Eligibility criteria:
    • Alignment with RSF’s mission and focus areas.
    • Non-profit status. The RSF Seed Fund accepts proposals from organizations that are any of the following:        
      • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt per the IRS        
      • Fiscally sponsored with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status per the IRS        
      • Schools or universities        
      • Non-governmental entities, Indian tribes or tribal non-profit organizations, and territorial, tribal, or unit of local government entities    
    • New initiatives, defined for the purposes of this Fund as:        
      • Organizations in the first two years of operation;        
      • New projects or programs, less than one year old, from organizations with an operating history greater than two years.


  • The RSF Seed Fund will not award grants for/to:     
    • Multi-year operating needs    
    • Ongoing capital or capital projects and campaigns    
    • Projects expanding in geographic scope only    
    • Scholarships    
    • Travel, or attending conferences and workshops    
    • International work
    • Individuals    
    • Foreign organizations    
    • For-profit companies