The Pollination Project stepped up during Covid 19 by putting their usual grant giving on hold to focus on helping others during the pandemic. Grant advisors like myself poured over grant applications for over 500 hours and TPP was able to give many grants to various individuals.
During their regular grant giving, TPP believes in giving grants to people who want to bring forth positive change. Their seed grants have made a difference in many lives.
I applied for a grant in order to help start a Canadian chapter of Go Baby Go. We modify battery operated ride of cars for children with limited mobility. TPP' S application process was pretty straightforward and the follow up was non intrusive. I am now part of their grant teams and as a team we confer to make sure that applications are vetted in a fair, nonjudgmental fashion. In many cases, a TPP grant is all one needs to start on a great idea. It is organizations such as this that show me that there are people out there doing great things.
The Pollination Project gave me the tools and grant to empower young refugees and street youth through photography.We want our beneficiaries to tell their stories through the lens of the camera as well as become professional photographers.
The Pollination Project (TPP) represents support for commitment, creativity, and positive change of many communities around the world. The humane quality and partnership with TPP helped us making a difference in the Arhuaco Indigenous resguardo (reservation) since 2016 when we received the very first seed grant from this organization. Later on, TPP granted two additional grants to our small organization, The Great Balance (TGB), to serve this great community and a wise culture.
TPP is making history in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia (SNSM). Although the Arhuaco indigenous people have a profound sense of responsibility as caretakers of Mother Earth and work on her protection and healing by dedicating 70% of their territory to conservation, there are still many effective strategies they need to learn and practice in order to accomplish this goal more efficiently.
The One Million Tree Initiative has become critical in helping the Sierra in this task. Under the leadership of TPP and TGB, we are forming an entire legion of volunteers and advocates for Mother Earth. We are advancing tree-by-tree, community-by-community, and person-by-person in creating a common effort, learning from each other, and helping on the conservation of many endemic species of plants, animals, on the conservation of the watersheds of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta known also as the Heart of the World.
Three years later, after our first seed grant, hundreds of little trees are growing in permanent sites planted by little hands, old hands, female and male hands, with the blessing of the spiritual priests (the Mamos) and the spiritual work of the whole community.
Establishing a closer and friendlier relationship with the Arhuaco Mamos, we discovered that their ancient traditions and their spiritual wisdom were authentic, leading the tribe – about 30,000 strong, by far the largest of the SNSM tribes – to traditional ways of caring for nature, respecting the spiritual and ancient guardians of the Sierra and helping their people to maintain a certain purity in their ways of living in the Sierra. It is subtly expressed in the tribe-wide custom of dressing in white as an almost unique tradition among the Original people of the planet.
OMT is more than reforestation or recuperation of eroded sites. It is more than the fun of giving back the green cover to Mother Earth or working to help the Sierra to regain its pristine biodiversity. It is also a new platform for passing knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next.
That is the case of the community of Gunsey, where the most honorable authority of the region, the Zakuco Mayor (highest, elder authority) Don Camilo Niño transforms himself into a story-teller to the 35 children in that school.
Don Camilo has a folk story related to each tree species or the animals living in association with it and he tells these stories to the children while collecting and planting seeds. It is possible that Don Camilo wouldn’t have realized what an important and enchanted talent he has if the OMT had not invited him to share his stories with the youngsters. This initiative has helped the Arhuaco to realize that working together for saving their damaged land makes a difference in restoring the world that their ancestors had lived in peace and harmony. Most of the OMT projects started at elementary schools, which are also the centers of gathering for each local community as the Arhuaco do not build villages. Women and children are the most enthusiastic participants.
OMT is also bringing leaders, teachers, authorities, Mamos, children, and parents together to work and to join efforts in giving back to Mother Earth her natural vegetation. Since the beginning of this initiative, The Great Balance decided to honor TPP by creating specific guidelines to be observed by each participating community, including the prohibition of the use of non-biodegradable materials in any aspect or activity of the project, not using any domestic animals, protecting and caring for their dogs and to send virtual reports assisted by The Great Balance coordinator in the Sierra.
Through this intervention, we are reinforcing care for the environment as community members become aware of the importance of recycling and banning the use of plastics.
Today most of the participating communities of the OMT initiative are doing compost and recycling.
Communities have different projects for planting trees, all of species endemic to the Sierra, for different purposes. Some efforts are focusing on the protection and recuperation of the hydrological watersheds, others are planting to provide food and nesting for wildlife. Some communities are planting trees to provide the traditional materials that Mamos use in their traditional spiritual work with all Indigenous communities.
Our new initiative deals with creating medicinal gardens at different thermic levels in the SNSM to establish a network of these gardens in different parts of the Sierra. A great advantage of this initiative is to invite the elementals associated with each medicinal species to enhance the healing power of these plants. Along with this activity, there is a new project of creating traditional schools of healers and their related practices. In addition, TGB has a project for studying their medicinal plants in order to offer their traditional knowledge to other parts of the Sierra, including the colonos (non-Arhuaco) living in the lower parts of the mountain.
We are also seeing an effort from the community of Jimain to cultivate an important natural resource, the bitter palm, Sabal mauritiiformis, an important resource in the Sierra.
The tribes of the SNSM use the leaves of this palm for thatching their huts and building the walls and roofs of their sacred temples, also known as Kankurwas. As we mentioned in a previous report to TPP, due to the high demand for this palm across the Sierra and the Caribbean coast of Colombia, its population has declined to about 90% of its original distribution.
The bitter palm is a resilient species, easily adaptable to disturbed environments and it is growing well in Jimain. Other communities are working to protect other wild endemic species of plants and animals, medicinal plants, and plants with fibers and wood that are used for building musical instruments, arts and crafts.
At the moment, we have four new communities who have joined us on the OMT initiative: Jimain, a community with 105 volunteers. Simonorwa, two communities: one of the schools is the Indigenous Elementary school of Simonorwa. In this school more than 135 children, their parents, and teachers are working on food production as well as cultivating plants that provide materials for traditional and spiritual work. These activities are an essential part of tribal life, enabling the exchange of knowledge and the maintenance of spiritual, social, and environmental cultural values. This is also a platform for an open classroom to learn about traditions from ancestral practices of knowledge and wisdom. These activities are helping the indigenous elementary school to produce their own food, planting endemic seeds (kias), and identifying and caring for important species in the maintenance of their biodiversity and uniqueness of the Heart of the World. The community of Kanuteti has 15 volunteers and its main leader is Mr. Francisco Arroyo. Mr. arroyo together with family and friends have planted about 600 trees of higuito (Ficus prinoides), a big tree with a thick trunk and strong branches. It is an endangered species of the Sierra and an important one for watershed protection. This is an interesting initiative given the fact that it is not easy to grow this tree from seeds, but Mr. Arroyo has planted 600 trees from cuttings, with a success rate of 50%.
Moroto community has planted about 2000 trees including a common endemic species called aguacate macho (male avocado), which is promoted as a source of lumber. This huge tree is grown easily from cuttings. Its long branches can be cut from the tree and used as lumber. Its fruits are food for wildlife.
In Rantachukwa, two communities are working there under the leadership of two Mamos is reforesting an eroded area in this community. They started this initiative with their wives and children. They are reforesting an eroded hill near their house. In the words of Mamo Luis Eduardo: The One Million Tree initiative has brought a sense of community to our group of families in the region of Rantachukwa. It has encouraged several of our families to contribute to reforesting and composting and they have enjoyed the peacefulness and learning about caring for our natural resources. Today our elementary school is working with TGB in developing a new activity. We are extremely grateful to The Great Balance and The Pollination Project for all their support on this project.”
The project Mamo Luis Eduardo is referring to is the Indigenous Rantachukwa, the third one in that area at the elementary school, with a medicinal plant garden.
There are other participating communities in other regions not mentioned here. Those include Kawar, Gunsey, Cobadonga, and Pueblo Bello. Every year TGB organizes an annual meeting where the leaders and members of the participating communities attend and share their projects, ideas, and challenges. This gathering is recognized by the Mamos and authorities as an important one organized by an outside institution. An additional impact of our project is their discovery that by mobilizing an entire community, they have an unexpected power to do things that reach beyond their “world”.
It is possible that this update does not fully reflect the journey that TGB and TPP have walked in the Sierra but it really is an extraordinary journey, reaching out to the heart of the Sierra, bringing back forest and the protection of the Heart of the World.
The Pollination Project is one of my favorite organizations! I received a $1,000 seed grant from them in 2017 and I will forever be grateful for the support and kindness the entire community has shown me. The connections and people I have met through TPP are forever friends and mentors. I currently volunteer as a grant advisor with TPP.
The Pollination Project is one of my favorite nonprofits. I had followed their work for years before I decided to apply for my own project. After receiving a grant, the support I received from the community was unparalleled. I feel so blessed to be a part of the grantee network at TPP. I later started reviewing grants for the Education docket, which is a rewarding and eye-opening experience and one that I take very seriously. Last year, I had an amazing opportunity to work on the Global Kindness Program. Having the opportunity to find grantees was life-changing. I felt so much joy helping people receive money to change the world! Every single person who works at TPP is kind, patient, and dedicated. Being surrounded by such passionate and caring individuals is one of the greatest joys of my life. I am so grateful for all the ways that TPP has shaped me into the person I am and cannot say enough good things.
I fled homophobic, arbitrary arrest and detention from Sierra Leone for defending and protecting the rights of LGBTQI people in Sierra Leone and moved to Spain in August 2013 where I faced so much discrimination. In Spain, I received a series of rejection and racial discrimination and applied for funds from TPP. We are grateful for TPP's continuous funding and support for the past 3 years which has contributed through the following little compassionate act of kindness:
1. Supported 460 African LGBTQI asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants to get legal refugee status in Belgium, France, Spain, and Germany.
2. Provided temporary emergency shelter for over 192 African asylum seekers, immigrants, and refugees in Barcelona in dire need. We have also done over 550 referrals to other shelter programs.
3. A network of support and a safe environment that does not only provide mutual support but also access to information and integration and asylum procedures.
4. Provided 199 pro-bono legal and oral translation services to African asylum seekers, immigrants, and refugees.
5. Actively advocating for policy and structural changes on immigration, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia at the European level to foster diversity, inclusion, and integration with other networks and stakeholders as well as lobbying MPs to vote for the removal of the Dublin regulations at the European Parliament.
The Pollination Project (TPP) is the world's most kindness and compassionate donor that supports changemakers across the globe to take action and make a difference within their communities as well as giving voice to the voiceless.
The Pollination Project has helped me to realize what I can do with plastic waste, the seed grant ignited Kishoka Youth Organization to be an environmental justice Organization recognized by International Organizations, National Government and County Government.
The Pollination Project serves to the grassroot individuals or organization that have never received any funding yet they are passionate in changing their community. I did not believe the first time i received my international grant and that was from The Pollination Project.
Usually I get frustrated when donor funds get spent on organization operational costs and other things like salaries etc. And yet the communities that are meant to benefit from these funds get less than half. But I feel happy and proud to be involved with the pollination project. Being deeply involved with them and the various projects they have supported, I have witnessed local communities coming together and solving their problems with the $1000 seed grant. With their module of targeting grassroots community projects and also reaching out to those who may have limited access to funding due to various reasons like language barrier, limited access to technology etc. The $1000 grant is literally reaching to those at the bottom. For example one of the Grantees, Elizabeth Dorky together with her team members have trained school drop outs in borehole mechanical repairs and have rehabilitated more than 6 water sources in her village. And during this time of COVID-19, she has identified the need to expand her work. So she is collaborating with four other projects that also got funded by the pollination project. And their goal is to construct and rehabilitate more water sources in Lango region, Uganda!!. The pollination project doesn't just end at funding, but also creates spaces for the funded projects to collaborate and share knowledge and experiences.
As someone who has written proposals for various nonprofits for more than 25 years, I keenly appreciate the unique and vital niche that TPP occupies. Even so-called small grants from other foundations are out of reach for most small, ambitious nonprofits. How do you get started with a great idea when you don't have much of a track record? TPP is the answer, and it does it with a small staff by inviting former grantees to review proposals. Who better? Especially in the Covid era, TPP's ability to assess proposals and deliver funds fast is making a life and death difference worldwide. I LOVE this nimble, smart, & generous bunch beyond words!
Since I was introduced to TPP, I have not missed a single moment without reflecting on what TPP offers and what the future holds for their partners. Being a partner and an advisor at TPP has taught me a lot. The frequent meetings, conferences and trainings we hold as well as projects visits and sharing of ideas is a unique way of doing things that you cannot find with any other organization.
When I received the Seed Grant, this opened the doors and the appetite to plan for a bigger project. It did not take long before the new and bigger library construction plan was in place. The confirmation of the Impact Grant has made a whole world of a difference. This is going to boost me to complete the library and make me achieve my vision for the library. I like the way TPP membership graph is growing.
I run an NGO based in Nigeria and was looking for support for a sexual abuse and rape prevention project. I came across The Pollination Project (TPP) via an internet search. The application process was pretty straight forward. No long winding write up requirements. I applied, crossed my fingers and hit the submit button. I actually got a feedback in accordance with the timeline set on their website. Amazing! The best part of TPP interaction with applicants and grantees, I find, is the communication process. They keep everyone informed on what's going on. Plus, they also grantees the opportunity to contribute to their work process. I think this is a wonderful way to interphase with their community of applicants and grantees. It is wonderful that TPP lives up to its name by pollinating projects that have great impact but have been overlooked by other donors. This 'Pollination' inspires further community action and motivates individuals and organizations to strive to do more. I wish they had the resources to give more at a time. Like maybe increase the grant.
I got a seed grant from this wonderful organisation to implement a project on menstrual hygiene management for adolescent school girls after which I began to work with them as a grant advisor. The Pollination Project is an extremely excellent organisation, through their work they have reached and are reaching so many vulnerable and hard to reach individuals.
I requested a grant for the island of La Gonave, Haiti. Not only is Haiti the poorest country in the W. Hemisphere, but La Gonave is often forgotten by the Haitian Government. The grant would have created a island wide website for the 150,000 people who call the island home. It would have created a digital library, as well as provide resources and information that many on the island currently don't have access to. The grant would have hosted the website for 3 yrs, and remaining money would go for a small pocket park. There was another local non-profit that would have donated compost for the park.
The project was denied. I was puzzled as to why, and setup a call to speak with someone from the group. They questioned if the Haitian government was trustworthy, mentioned that the local government is corrupt. This project would have me (based in Tacoma, WA), building the site for free, and would have had web hosting companies from America hosting the site for 3 yrs. The park would have used locally sourced materials, and would mainly be plant/flower beds, and a couple of benches. There would be no way that the local government have access to the grant money. Due to saying this is a grant to help Haitian people, made this project doomed from the beginning. Due to this nonprofit not having a hand in the person that they trusted to use the funds, they denied this project due to it being used for Haiti. They mentioned they have people in Haiti they have given funds to and are trusted advisers. None of those advisers are on La Gonave Island, so basically they didn't trust in this project.
Resurge Children East Africa is s a small non-profit organisation based in in kenya. We are working to improve primary learning outcomes as well providing high school scholarship to bright but needy girls students.
We received seed grant this year from The Pollination Project to provide early grade literacy classes at Magadi Primary school in Kenya for children struggling with reading.
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As a strong health advocate in my community and a beneficiary of the pollination project. I am very humbled to give my gratitude to the TPP team for the good job they do by supporting small organizations. Please keep on. Hope beyond cancer received a grant from pollination this year for cancer awareness and media presentation.
The Pollination Project has changed my life, along with many others. Because of TPP's initial seed grant, I was able to establish a team of people to coordinate small events that eventually led to reaching hundreds of thousands of people through festivals influencing communities to embrace healthy, compassionate, and environmentally regenerative lifestyles. The Pollination Project differs from other organizations in that the team truly cares about the grantees and their success, as well as the applicants through providing feedback to refine their work. I have continued to receive amazing support from The Pollination Project and their incredible staff. I am tremendously grateful for all the opportunities that The Pollination Project has opened up for me personally, and I am also grateful for the amazing network I have connected with through TPP's grantee community. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication to making the world a better place with every seed grant!
The Pollination Project Foundation gives funds to projects that no other funder would fund. They understand development scale quite differently and give priority to community-driven projects/solutions. They were the very first donor of Girls to lead Africa
I am a 2-time grantee and volunteer grant reviewer for TPP. Over the years The Pollination Project has provided so many deserving people with not only grants but resources to excel. I highly recommend this organization and what they offer to the world. This organization is creating a rippling effect of social change and I'm proud to be able to help in a small way.
This is most dynamic foundation I have been opportune to came across. They do not only provide grants, they encourage, mentor and provide their grantees with exposure and networking opportunities for sustainable growth and expansion of their work.
Through The Pollination Project seed grant award for my project in 2015, 60 vulnerable unemployed women and youths were trained and support with improved seeds, inputs, basic farm tools and equipment's to enable these beneficiaries manage their established vegetables and fruits gardens. Again in February 2019, I received an additional support "impact grant" from TPP to scale up and expand my work, from this grant we are currently supporting 160 rural women and youth farmers in 3 remote communities in the North west region of Cameroon.
The Pollination project foundation did not only give us a seed grant, they promoted our project through all their social medias and news post. through their grant support we were able to empower 15 widows and 5 underprivileged youths in sustainable market gardening and agro-forestry in Cameroon. These beneficiaries are now able to conveniently meet up to with their basic necessities through their vegetable gardens . The TPP foundation is truly out give a chance to every positive idea around the world to have a stand, their team is just so amazing and nice to work with.
The Pollination Project is an organization like no other, they look for and fund $1000 ( with the possibility for future grant access) to small grassroots people and organizations with big (or small) ideas that show potential to benefit the larger community, no matter where in the world the project may be. They have supported my program, Brush With the Law (ReEntry Arts) from the beginning, and without their support -not only financially, but with access to knowledgeable, friendly staff and stakeholders that are always willing and qualified to help answer any questions one may have in navigating their way to doing good out in the world responsibly.
The Pollination Project helped me take a small art class I was doing at our local jail and turn it into its own 501c3 nonprofit organization titled, Brush With the Law. They believed in me and saw the vision I was going for in taking the art class to the next level - out to the community using the arts to help with reentry for socially marginalized groups of people - and for that I am forever grateful to TPP and the thoughtful, generous, kind, smart staff, who you too, will fall in love with.
The Pollination Project was our very first grant. We were small and they believed in us when nobody else did. Our $1,000 started a small garden which has since grown into a large free food production garden and outdoor classroom where we teach a variety of Life Skills workshops like gardening, nutrition, cooking and anxiety control thru being outside. This $1,000 turned into a sustainable way to continuing to feed and educate the at risk in my community. This $1,000 is still giving. That's Seeding a Change! Thank you Pollination Project! We love you and are honored to call ourselves one of your grantees!
Where do we even begin? The Pollination Project helped us with a seed grant and eventually even the coveted year end impact grant. I am the founder of From the Ground Up Farms, Inc and we install community gardens, donate all of the food we grow and teach educational workshops on nutrition, gardening, cooking and even stress relief through breathing. We have grown thanks to The Pollination Project and now have multiple gardens, even gardens at our areas largest homeless shelter, a mental illness apartment complex, 2 low income child care centers and growing again. ALL of the staff with The Pollination Project was very involved with every phase of our grant process. They were always available to answer questions too, although as thorough as they were, there were few questions. Even though we have moved on, they continue to follow our progress and still offer great advice, guidance and ideas. These folks are amazing! Definitely a 5 star program! Thank you Pollination Project!
The Pollination Project is one of those organizations that have continued to support projects around the world with relative ease while respecting the diverse cultures where the projects are based. The grant review process allows for interaction with the project promoters to understand the context in which the project is to be implemented. TPP doesn't just fund project, it build a lifelong relationship with the grant recipient and that is very important
TPP is one of those organizations that has changed funding for small organization and for individual change makers. It gives life support to both organizations and individuals and contributes to supporting the organization through grant implementation and thereafter. TPP is a great organization and it is seeding change across the world.
When I think of The Pollination Project Foundation, I think of a partner in transformation, a creative collaborator, a believer in the strong values that strengthen our collective humanity, and a strong supporter in taking risk on ideas, because the owners of those ideas asked them to. I was introduced to TPP during an information session by one of their East African Leaders. He told me that if I am looking for an organization that will take risks on behalf of my budding entrepreneurs, then that organization is TPP. A few months later I was asked to submit a resume for consideration as facilitator at the East African Leadership retreat in Kampala. It is at this point that I was introduced to TPP well. TPP was impressed by my work that they asked me to give a flow fund, and also made me an ambassador for the organization and tasked me with a responsibility of reviewing applications and spreading the word.
TPP's grant and pay-it-forward loan programs have immensely assisted startups that would otherwise lack the financial capital to begin their work. They have joined dreams when most people do not believe that they are worth the time. As a reviewer, I have participated, with excitement, to decisions in which our main driving factor was "This applicant is committed, passionate, self-driven,... and that's all we need to feel when making a decision to fund". This is a risk many would frown upon, but it is one in which the progress achieved and success rate realized, has been a unique experience of people.
TPP has an innovative and forward thinking mindset that permeates our world through positive thinking and value-driven progress that challenges the negativity that sometime affects our inner-spirit. I applaud them for this continued work and for the happiness they spread, not by funding alone, but by believing in these social entrepreneurs even when no one else can. They are my ideal partners in transformation.
TPP has been a great foundation that has really been the catalyst for the foundation for SJSA!
I love TPP and how inclusive their grant reviewing process is. Each grant gets personalized comments and TPP is very keen to give advisors space to construct comments that are true to their visions of the world. The follow up with the advisors is always so detailed and kind!
As an Advisor and former grantee of the Pollination Project, I'd say they are an organisation that believes in people who have a passion and are looking for even the smallest of help to help them achieve their goals. The Pollination Project gives seed funding mostly to social entrepreneurs and non profits who are just starting out, which to me, makes them very unique because most times, what people need is just a little support to help them achieve their goals. Sometimes these are just individuals who just set out to do good and make a change in their communities. Funding like the one from The Pollination Project helps to shapen such dreams and give better focus to these groups of people. At least ,this was my experience because they were officially the first to believe in our cause and help us to set out with the seed grant we were given. Funders like The Pollination Project will always be relevant especially for the start-ups.
Also, I admire the fact that The Pollination Project Advisors who are willing ,can coach an applicant or assist them in any other way possible, if the applicant feels they need such. This is indeed very different and I am yet to see any other funders exhibit this quality.
Without the Pollination Project Foundation and all the sponsors, volunteers, staff, and board members – I would never have enhanced the access to health and water faciliies for many youths with disabilities in my community in Zimbabwe. The Pollination Project Foundation is assisting many individuals and small organisations around the world to make this place a better place and all inclusive through their unwavering support in sponsoring both charity and development work in the developing world like Zimbabwe. Through their support they made me feel good about myself, and I am 100 per cent certain that they changed the lives of most youths with disabilities in my area in a way that I can't even comprehend. Many of our youths with disabilities struggles from water related diseases like cholera, and other water borne diseases that are very much preventable due to a lack of proper health facilities and behavior. But through this Organisation, it helped to change this situation by availing support which has seen many youths with disabilities improving their health behavior through a project that I implemented with the support I got from the Pollination Project. The Pollination Project must continue the good work they are doing, out there , there are many individuals and small organisations that are doing amazing work that needs your support.
This is the best organization I have ever met in my life. I have been in this field for so many years but I found Pollination grant project listen and care for everyone who has a good vision with the community. I am one of those who benefited for the project and now our goal will continue to support the community as intended.
As both an advisor and a donor, I treasure The Pollination Project Foundation for its support of social change worldwide, through seed grants to projects in fields as diverse as education, the environment, health, social justice and animal rights, among others. Every day, project leaders receive funds that enable them to launch their journey in the service of their community. The Foundation is also unique in providing hope to those who might not receive funds from other sources. I am deeply moved when I read so many projects that show that so many people care about critical issues.
In 2016, I never thought I would be as far with my project as I am, with the help of The Pollination Project. Being awarded a seed grant from The Pollination Project, has been a wonderful experience. First, it has allowed me to grow and expand my project into a non-for-profit organization. In 2017, I started with The My College Going Self Project, then this project merged into a 501(c)3 organization called MY Foundation Street Smarts to Great Starts. My organization serves African American teenage boys and girls in Chicago communities. Further, I have gained the confidence to write other grants to continue to build my organization. In 2018, I completed a PhD in Community Psychology, and currently use all my knowledge and skills to support my community. I can't wait to demonstrate how passionate I am about teenagers, and how I desire for them to succeed. I thank The Pollination Project for my grant, and for the opportunity to be a volunteer advisor to support other projects across the world!!!
The Pollination Project Foundation believes in supporting community organization to bring about change in their communities. I have seen several organization at the informal settlement get their first grant from TPP and they have done remarkable work in improving livelihood, health, education and sanitation levels.
Belief in what is possible.
I can put it no more simply than that. An organization, holding belief and investing money, in the possibility of change and people that are willing to try.
I speak as one of their first grantees and a longtime grant advisor, as well as one of my own. clients for several years. I invest in them, because they invest in the deep potential in everyone they engage.
Best intentions, good people, conscientious through every step of the process. The Pollination Project is accessible, open, and the real deal for supporting small projects and hearing the heart in each application.
The Pollination Project has helped a lot individuals and organizations in my village so that they can help their communities in striving for better livelihood. We are more than happy as an organization. TPP be blessed.
The Pollination Project is an incredible organization! By supporting dedicated and passionate individuals to jump-start their projects, The Pollination Project is helping people to solve problems and improve livelihoods across the globe. These grassroots efforts are desperately needed and The Pollination Project is there to make it happen.
I have had the experience of both being a grantee, and to collaborate as a volunteer evaluating applications. I do think they are changing the world, one small grant at a time. I also think they are very well aligned with their purpose, with their mission, and with what they do, with an amazing and lean managing structure.
Having the opportunity of collaborating with the Pollination Project has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. It is an amazing organization, really effective on delivering transformation, enhancing compassion and generosity towards effective change!!! It is really an outstanding ortganization!!
Through The Pollination Project Foundation my work within my organisation has been moving very well since we received out first seed Grant in 2015. The small grant from TPP Foundation is change lives of thousands people from my organisation work in my community in Cameroon. Very grateful for being part of the TPP grantees network
The Pollination Project (TPP) is one of the unique organizations I have ever known. From my experience, not only do you benefit from the grant but also gain numerous skills and knowledge that helps one to be a creative thinker. TPP grants challenges one to realize huge impacts out of small grants that enables a project kick start. I have been involved in hundreds of groups since my first grant with TPP in 2014 upto date helping to mentor them and now my community sees me as a potential leader with knowledge and experiences to help spur social transformation and development. Additionally, through the flow funds, TPP is even becoming more impactful by reaching to individuals and groups in the grassroot who barely have access to computer and internet and yet have high needs for the seed grants. Finally, The Pollination Project does not only give grants but teaches you to show love and compassion to all forms of life, how unique can that be!! Good job TPP!!!
I know for sure that It's quite unfair to The Pollination Project that it can not easily move top of the review because most of the beneficiaries come from areas that do not have access to Computers and Internet and even some of the few who have access to computers may not afford internet because it's very expensive, therefore, they can not participate in such reviews but otherwise, you would receive thousands of 5 star reviews for The Pollination Project. Being a client and The Pollination Project hub leader, it has only been one year that I have achieved milestones from The Pollination Project. Through The Pollination Project, I have been able to impact positively the lives through seed and impact grants that I have been giving to over 1,000 people in the different communities in Uganda as the hub leader. These grants do not discriminate people from their different status, that is ; Youths, Disabled persons, Widows, older persons, e.t.c. as long as the ideas are ready to transform and protect the lives of the people, animals, plants, environment, etc. I have personally gained leadership experience through my community involvement with the hub grant making program under The Pollination Project. Additionally, I have gained community respect through the grant making program because the communities look at it as a huge life changing opportunity to put their ideas into actions. Because of The Pollination Project, I have been able to find and know great connections including know you as Great Non Profits., I have also been able to polish my tech savviness including knowing how to write such reviews. For the first time I'm going to travel outside my country for an important retreat to share our experiences as hub leaders, an opportunity I have never thought I would have. I have been expressing my skills in life to very many organizations but because they mostly look at people who are on the spot light, I wondered how I would ever get into the spot light in order to be seen but thanks to The Pollination Project who looks at ideas regardless of whether they know you or not. So, all in all, I'm not just writing this because we have to write but I'm writing to let the world know how The Pollination Project is changing the lives of strangers like me into the nation's next generation of leaders. I have been discovered as a great leader in my community through the great projects and volunteer training that we offer to the communities. The Pollination Project has taught us how to be compassionate to all forms of life and it's through this compassion that the community sees us as great leaders who care for them.
The Pollination Project has a unique approach to issues of funding grass root projects. They directly engage with the applicant which helps them to develop a strong profile for their projects hence helping them qualify for funding from other funders.
They also reach direct to the beneficially through their leadership team members based locally in East Africa which enables them fund the true targeted grantee and ensure value for the money awarded.
TPP is a breath of fresh air in a world full of chaos. I love that they help fund the people on the ground doing the real work! This is by far on of the best nonprofits I have had the pleasure of encountering.
The Pollination Project (TPP) support Unlocking Silent Histories in its startup phase and later with an impact grant. With the support of TPP, we have been able to many Indigenous youth both providing them with leadership jobs and inspiring young people to tell their stories from their perspectives. See an example film created by the youth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2okE10yz1U
The Pollination Project deserves a lot more credit that what it is getting right now.For us as a grassroots organization operating in one of the dangerous places in the world ,there were times when I felt like just giving up.It is during times like this ,when the TPP always come through like a Knight in Shining Armour.They have such a ''feel ''for the grassroots guy ,empowering us ,sticking it through with us ,encouraging us ,so that one just has to come to terms ,that we are family and that we lift each other up.I just dig this TPP family ,and yes , me and my community have benefitted and grown hugely , by just being part of the TPP family.
Since getting involved with the Pollination Project ,my vision to make my neck of the woods ,a better place for all to live in and enjoy has become a distinct reality for neighbours and friends.My organization has grown and so have I as a human being.
The Pollination Project has a unique model of giving a grant every day, 365 days a year! No deadlines! The organisation gives grants to grassroots startups which find it impossible to secure funding from other donors. You dont have audited books of accounts? No theory of change? No registration certificate? No funding history? Good news!! The Pollination Project is here for you! They will fund you! And after giving you the grant, they will train you through their webinars and mentors and help your organisation get all it requires to get more funding from bigger donors! I am very proud to be a TPP Grantee!
The Pollination Project represents everything that's right with a non-profit organization: professionalism, compassion, focus and skills. As a twice grantee, I can vouch for the solidity, integrity and transformative power of the The Pollination Project.
World changing, transparent and supportive to so many around the world doing so much good. They give people hope and belief in their dream to help make the world a better place every single day of the year plus.
I first learned about The Pollination Project when I was a grantee seeking funding for a project in the Peace Corps. The continuous and empathetic communication from TPP team allowed me to feel supported as I implemented this work halfway across the world. As I moved back to The States, TPP reached out to me to see if I'd like to support their work as a Grant Advisor. This role has not only been humbling and empowering but I have been able to work with a team of individuals that bring so much care and compassion to their role.
No other charity goes down to the grassroots giving grants to the very local people globally, every single day all year round and, working with and giving the local people the power in grant making decisions. Never seen any other, only The Pollination Project does this!
I have had such wonderful experience with this organization. Their grants are was small but mighty and the grant I received helped me launch an organization that has received wide recognition while helping us build the muscles to be able to handle receiving funds by starting small. They make these life changing grants every single day and this is powerful enough to change the world. I can't recommend them more highly than I do.
I've now been involved with The Pollination Project as a two time grantee and working on the leadership team for their new Global Kindness Initiative. As a frequent visitor/participant on their grantee Facebook page I get to see almost daily the incredible impact they are making around the world. It's such an amazing process to see small project blossom from the TPP grants.
The Pollination Project recently gave out Planet Earthlings project a $1,000 grant which has already started helping us tremendously. Our "Acting Kindly" game/app which is out on Android will be coming soon to iOS because of that money. It is also helping us to make better/faster progress with our Educational virtual world.
They also had a wonderful article in Huffington Post which feature our project: https://goo.gl/jusDuK
Our first ever funding for my organisation was a seed fund from TPP of $1000 for our Share The Love project to seed the change. This $1000 did not only seed the change but took us to winning over 4 awards in the same year, got us to become a beneficiary of a fully funded exchange program by the U.S. Department of State and this has been a great leap for us and added a lot of value to our work in the communities with so much impacting success stories recorded.
When other traditional foundations rejected my organization's youth-inspired ideas, The Pollination Project stood by us and gave us an opportunity exactly three years ago. TPP recognizes that anyone can be an activist and that everyone deserves the opportunity to lead. Solutions don’t have to come from bureaucratic systems, but instead solutions can come from everyday people. I was refreshed by this perspective on philanthropy, and drew myself closer into the organization. I raised my hand for every opportunity that I could, therein seeing many aspects of our internal operations. I came to quickly realize that I don’t know of any other funding platform that operates with such an intentionality about justice, democracy, equity, and diversity.
I found them to be extremely professional kind but firm in their approach of vetting and granting and have a very good structure for reporting ,monitoring and evaluation-they have very good rapport with their grantees without being overbearing-l love my whole pollination grant experience and look forward to sharing more platforms and resources with this great seeder of dreams that bring significant social change!
The Pollination Project (TPP) has been there for our emerging organization when we've needed it! As a TPP grantee, we feel seen and supported. This foundation meets you in the field when you're most vulnerable, and provides seed funding without taxing small, upstart organizations to have bells and whistles. TPP helps startups put stakes in the ground through the guidance of its bright, skilled staff. TPP is a well oiled engine. The staff is communicative, thorough and professional while equally kind. It is an honor to be a grantee of this foundation.
Thank you TPP for being a gentle wind beneath Harlem Wellness Center's wings. You have helped us build our infrastructure and provided amazing technical assistance. Thank you also for your continued engagement and community building. Partnering with TPP makes all the difference in the world. Kudos TPP dream team!
Photo: Seniors age 70+ exercising for life from chair yoga to the wall yoga...
The Pollination Project shaped the future of our mission and organization through providing the support and encouragement we needed. TPP is an incredible organization that continues to offer support to people passionate about making the world a better place. Thank you, Pollination Project!!
Puts in the effort to reach far and find unusual candidates... the uncelebrated people doing great work who could do a lot more with a bit of financial support... THEN listens and tries to support them in ways they need it.
Well...so you're a lone ranger but you want to help the planet? This is the place for you..Especially if you love animals and want to see biodiversity thrive! When I started Wild DaZe (aka Elephant DaZe) all I had was enthusiasm but a website is necessary in this social media world. So with the help of The Pollination Project I launced the website and created five projects that galvanized others to save Africa wildlife, especially the critically endangered elephant. My film (now three years later) is also finally finished...Wild DaZe is about YOU and YOUR planet...and this group helps you get your healthy goals fulfilled for the good of all. THANK YOU!
I am a 2 times grantee of The Pollination Project and a grant advisor. The Pollination project is one of the few foundations in the world who fund real startups. The foundation gives seed grants to organisations that find hard time getting funding from other organisations due to unfair requirements like audited books of accounts which are actually ironical for some project called a startup to own. For TPP, there is no small Idea. TPP stands with the least and the despised and transforms them into great ventures.
TPP recently provided Tomorrow's Stars with a grant to provide literacy classes to struggling readers. We were able to provide training in Jolly Phonics and purchase books and phonics materials. The children involved are now learning how to read and gaining confidence at school. The teachers are thrilled to have had training and materials to use. I really appreciate how TPP supports local, grassroots organizations who may not have access to other types of funding. I feel like I am part of a wonderful new community through TPP!
I started my Childhood passion and dream organization, Mucho Mangoes Ltd, to empower rural smallholder farmers in Africa, starting with Kenya, but I really did not have any resources apart from the ones used to pay for legal fees and register the organization, and it is the Pollination Project Grant funding that came to my rescue.
The Pollination Project seeded my program with a USD 1000 Grant that we used to train farmers, and that track record and impact recorded with the implementation of that small grant has now opened doors for our Company and we are now growing and impacting farmers.
Based on our track record with Pollination, we received some support from AFRINIC, to now integrate rural smallholder farmers in Kenya into ICT. We are now using a mobile ICT Centre to train farmers on Computers, Internet enabled phones, and Internet skills, as well as Horticultural crops pre and post harvest handling skills, crop pests and diseases control, crop husbandry, among others, and we are providing the farmers with a ready and reliable market for their produce, thus helping them to reduce farm produce wastage, losses, and increase their yields and incomes.
So far, we have trained 292 farmers, and we intend to reach and impact at least 5000 farmers by December 2020.
Our eldest participants in the Computer and Internet Training were 84 and 71 years old small scale farmers, eager to learn and use the skills to optimize their production, and improve their livelihoods. We are really grateful to the Pollination Project Foundation. They are doing a great job!
The Pollination Project stood by my side when I mostly needed some grant to start a project for conflict affect community at Nambazia Boma, South Sudan, and it was because the Seed Grant they gave to my Individual project that enabled us to carry on the project! As a result of that Seed Grant from TPP, the conflict affected community of Nambazia is able to sustain their lives through this small project that The Pollination Project funded. You hardly finds an nonprofit organizations giving grants all over the world and also funds individual projects, that's incredible. Thank you TPP for changing lives of community all over the world through your Seed Grant
Such warm and caring staff. Responsive, interested, and intent and on making your work grow. True champions.
The Pollination Project gave us a boost just when we needed it. We had just changed our name to Texas Kids Read and the grant helped us get the word out. We were also able to switch from cardboard boxes for class room book distribution to longer lasting heavy duty plastic totes.
The webinars provided by The Pollination Project have been helpful on many points. I appreciate the fact that the webinars are posted so we can refer back to them.
Being able to network with other Grantees via Facebook has been a great experience. Seeing what they are doing to change their part of the world is inspiring.
I'm very glad that Texas Kids Read is a grantee of The Pollination Project.
TPP is different from other funding organizations as they put forward universal values on compassion and respect, and apply it in their communication and attitude with their grantees so they feel appreciated. They are inclusive and embrace people with different ideas, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation and show people that it doesn't matter your identity is you can still make positive change in your community. They were the first one who believe on my initiative and now my initiative have grown bigger than I could imagined.
Pollination Project helped ASAP(Americans Serving Abroad Projects) get started and has continued to be supportive as we grow. They have been instrumental in helping us to connect with other people doing projects in the same areas so we are able to help each other out and grow our networks. They have also been a source of information regarding other grants and opportunities available to grassroots organizations like ASAP. TPP is changing the world.
I must say the Pollination Project Foundation is doing great by supporting up coming projects, to help move to the next level, their support has been helpful so far, hearing the testimonies of other projects and as a grantee, I rate the foundation more than five stars if there are more stars.. Thanks TPP.
I cofounded a nonprofit this year using art for social change in my community. Our first official grant as a new nonprofit is the one we are receiving through The Pollination Project. It has not only enabled us to financially achieve our project goals, but reassures us that the work that we are doing is purposeful and worth supporting. This is a great kickstart for us and I am so glad I found The Pollination Project.