Survival and Flourishing Fund grant applications open until October 4th ($1MM-$2MM planned for dispersal)

post by Habryka · 2019-09-09T04:14:02.083Z · score: 29 (10 votes) · EA · GW · 5 comments

The Survival and Flourishing Fund is a new fund that (as I understand it) is taking over a significant chunk of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative's (BERI) grantmaking, and is just opening a new grant round that I am helping to disburse:

http://survivalandflourishing.org/#2019-q4-grant-round

The plan is to make a total of $1MM-$2MM in grants to organizations working on the long term flourishing and survival of humanity.

At this point in time SFF can only make grants to charities and not individuals, so if you have a project or organization that you want to get funding for, you will have to either already be part of an established charity, found one, or be sponsored by an existing charity.

Also happy to answer any questions you have in the comments, to the best of my knowledge.

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comment by Denkenberger · 2019-09-20T17:51:56.741Z · score: 13 (4 votes) · EA · GW

I'm excited to see this. The application appears geared to focused charities. Is it open to researchers in academia?

comment by Raemon · 2019-09-20T21:15:47.994Z · score: 1 (2 votes) · EA · GW

My understanding is that it's currently focused on nonprofits (in large part because it's much more logistically and legally complicated to send money to individuals)

comment by Denkenberger · 2019-09-21T03:42:15.487Z · score: 5 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I understand that they cannot make grants to individuals, but researchers in academia are part of a university which is a charity (501(c)(3) in the US). So legally it would be the same as a focused charity, but still it is a question of whether they would likely make a grant like that.

comment by Raemon · 2019-10-01T06:28:56.775Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I asked Critch about this today and he said it seemed fine.

comment by Habryka · 2019-09-22T00:02:26.306Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

My guess is that that is possible, though I am only 80% confident.