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post by Jonas Vollmer · 2021-02-13T13:36:10.840Z · EA · GW · 14 comments


  Recent updates
  Long-Term Future Fund
  Animal Welfare Fund
  EA Infrastructure Fund
  What types of grants can we fund?


Recent updates

Long-Term Future Fund

The Long-Term Future Fund aims to positively influence the long-term trajectory of civilization, primarily via making grants that contribute to the mitigation of global catastrophic risks. Historically, we’ve funded a variety of longtermist projects, including:

See our previous grants here. Most of our grants are reported publicly, but we also give applicants the option to receive an anonymous grant, or to be referred to a private donor.

The fund has an intentionally broad remit that encompasses a wide range of potential projects. We strongly encourage anyone who thinks they could use money to benefit the long-term future to apply.

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:

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

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.

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 [? · GW] (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.

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

What types of grants can we fund?

For grants to individuals, all of our funds can likely make the following types of grants: 

We can refer applications for for-profit projects (e.g., seed funding for start-ups) to EA-aligned investors. If you are a for-profit, simply apply through the standard application form and indicate your for-profit status in the application.

For legal reasons, we will likely not be able to make the following types of grants: 

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.


Apply here.


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comment by Anonymous 9 · 2021-02-13T15:06:52.499Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Major kudos for publishing the upcoming application deadlines and funding decision dates until the end of 2022! It's very useful for me for planning, as someone who might apply at some point.

comment by AnonymousEAForumAccount · 2021-02-18T17:03:56.291Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

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 [? · GW] (CBG) programme.


CEA’s Community Building Grants [? · GW] page currently says applications are closed. When the closing was announced [EA · GW] (August 2020), applications were expected to reopen in January. Do you know when applications are now expected to reopen? If it will be a long time and/or if CEA will only fund a narrow set of groups through CBG (which sounds like it may be the case [EA · GW]), would the fund managers reconsider accepting applications from groups that don't have access to CBG?

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comment by Jonas Vollmer · 2021-02-19T13:20:04.953Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

That's a great suggestion, thank you. It will take me a few days to figure this out, so I expect to reply in a week or so. (Edited Sat 27 Feb: Still need a bit longer, sorry.)

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comment by AnonymousEAForumAccount · 2021-02-19T14:33:47.249Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for investigating Jonas!

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comment by Jonas Vollmer · 2021-03-04T20:17:29.180Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

After looking more into this, we've decided not to evaluate applications for Community Building Grants during this grant application cycle. This is because we think CEA has a comparative advantage here due to their existing know-how, and they're still taking some exceptional or easy-to-evaluate grant applications, so some of the most valuable work will still be funded. It's currently unclear when CBG applications will reopen, but CEA is thinking carefully about this question and I'll be coordinating with them.

That said, we're interested in receiving applications from EA groups that aren't typical community-building activities – e.g., new experiments, international community-building, spin-offs of local groups, etc. If you're unsure whether your project qualifies, just send me a brief email.

I'm aware this isn't the news you and others may have been hoping for, so I personally want to contribute to resolving this gap in the funding ecosystem long-term.

Edit: Huh, some people downvoted. If you have concerns about this comment or decision, please leave a comment or send me a PM.

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comment by AnonymousEAForumAccount · 2021-03-05T22:58:40.907Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I didn’t downvote your comment, though I am disappointed you won’t be considering applications this cycle. I hope that if CEA does choose to restrict CBG applications going forward (which seems to be under consideration per Harri [EA(p) · GW(p)]) that the EAIF will fill the gap. FWIW I’d like to see EAIF funding this space even if CEA does open up applications, as I’d value diversifying funder perspectives more than any comparative advantage CEA might have.

comment by Harri Besceli ( · 2021-03-05T18:26:47.940Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hi, sorry for not responding to this comment sooner. 

It's taking us longer than we expected to decide on our plans for reopening applications. For context, some of the options of the programme that we're considering:
1. Continue to accept applications for funding group organizers from any EA group
2. Only accept new applications from a subset of groups

We will give an update on this by June 1st latest (~2 weeks before the deadline for the next application deadline for EA Infrastructure Fund), and either let people know when they will be able to apply for CBG funding or recommending that they should apply for EAIF funding. 

We're chatting about the above with the EAIF, though it's ultimately up to them what they choose to accept applications for (so this comment shouldn't be seen as me speaking on their behalf)

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comment by AnonymousEAForumAccount · 2021-03-05T23:00:16.066Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for the update Harri. I'd suggest putting this info on the main CBG page so applicants have an up to date picture.

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comment by Harri Besceli ( · 2021-03-10T09:05:50.131Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks, we've now updated the page. 

comment by alexrjl · 2021-02-13T18:39:38.481Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

If someone has a project which potentially spans multiple funds, should they apply to both noting that they have done so, or apply to one noting that they are happy for their application to be passed on to the other?

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comment by Habryka · 2021-02-14T01:59:24.794Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

The new funds UI actually has this specific point covered. At least for the (at least historically) larger overlap for the EAIF and the LTFF. See this section: 

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comment by alexrjl · 2021-02-14T07:09:51.404Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! This seems like a good system for it.

comment by Jonas Vollmer · 2021-03-05T09:42:56.969Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I just published this article [EA · GW] about some potential misconceptions that may help people decide whether to apply.

comment by Jonas Vollmer · 2021-02-16T17:23:17.313Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Someone asked me via email for what grant amount they should apply, and whether we would consider a large grant for several full-time positions at once. I'm sharing my response here, as I think it may be useful for others as well:

The short answer is: Please apply for whatever amount and duration makes the most sense for the project itself, and explain your reasoning to us.

Us not making such grants in the past is due to us not receiving any high-quality applications of this kind.

E.g., how long does it take for you to test some key hypotheses and get some early traction? Perhaps that duration plus 1-3 months of extra slack and runway should be your initial ask. If things work out as intended, you can then use the initial results to apply for follow-on funding. If there are no good results after that time, you may want to abort the project anyway (not primarily because you wouldn't get further funding from EA Funds, but because the people involved might decide that their time could be better spent elsewhere).

Depending on the details of this, I think an initial ask could be anywhere between 2 and 12 months for 1-4 FTE salaries plus other expenses, and depends on the details of the project.

I don't think you need to try and get funding from outside sources at the initial stage, as that sounds like it would be a hassle for you.