The Pollination Project: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Grant

The Pollination Project

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Health Care Access & Delivery Community Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



Here at TPP, we believe that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. With that in mind, our goals have been, and always will be, the same: to uplift and empower individuals to create change for a better world.

Now, during this unprecedented time of crisis in response to COVID-19, we wish to support the helpers—those ordinary people who are creating extraordinary change on behalf of people affected by the Coronavirus.

As a result, we have created a COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, and for at least the months of March, April, and May, we will only be accepting new applications that address the COVID-19 pandemic through work in the following issue areas:

Direct Response Projects

Direct response projects include any effort to directly prevent the spread of COVID-19 or which support direct provision of healthcare and support to those affected. Examples could include, but are not limited to:
  • hygiene/WASH projects which prevent transmission of the virus;
  • efforts to support the provision of healthcare in underserved communities; or
  • projects which support the distribution of healthcare materials.

Community Resilience initiatives

Community resilience efforts include any effort that bolsters our ability to care for all life in our communities, both human and non-human. Examples include:

  • efforts to support the immediate social and emotional well-being of our communities;
  • efforts that support community-led projects that foster greater resilience among communities now and in the future through initiatives such as local food production and
  • any other effort which strengthens our ability to respond together in times of crisis.

Initiatives that support projects moving their activities into the virtual realm

We are offering funding to groups to shift their work to the virtual realm so that they are still able to meet community needs in these times where social distancing, quarantine, and isolation are necessary. Examples include:

  • developing platforms for remote work and
  • purchasing subscriptions to existing services.

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


  • We can consider any application which fits within one of the three areas of focus through which we are supporting efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Do you and your project must support equal treatment, inclusion and respect for all people regardless of their age, race, class, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status and religion.


  • During this time of crisis, our funding guidelines are slightly different than normal. We can consider any application which fits within one of the three areas of focus through which we are supporting efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and which meets the following funding rules:
    • We can accept applications from previous TPP grantees so long as reporting for all previously awarded grants has been completed.
    • We cannot support projects which directly conflict with our mission and values, such as those which involve the farming of any animals or the purchase or use of animal products. 
    • We do not make grants to projects that have well established funding sources, or that have any paid staff working on the specific project or other work for the organization. 
    • We do not make grants to projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual. 
    • We cannot support projects that influence the outcome of any specific election for candidates to public office, inducing or encouraging violations of law or public policy or causing any improper private benefit to occur. 
    • We cannot make payments to a grantee or a member of the grantee’s family for their time or services. 
    • We cannot fund paper products which do not make use of either 100% recycled materials, or the most ecologically sound alternative if recycled is not available. 
    • We cannot fund synthetic/chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and other similar products which are harmful to the environment and to those who use them.


This page was last reviewed February 17, 2021 and last updated August 18, 2020