Helium Grant

Helium Grants are no-strings-attached grants for any person with any purpose.

About the grant

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For 2018, at least one $1,000 grant is awarded every three months, for a total of three grants, according to the following schedule. Please keep these dates in mind when considering the timing of your project.

  • June 30th, 2018 (12 grants awarded, thanks to sponsors)
  • September 30th, 2018 - 3 x $1,000 grants available
  • December 20th, 2018

Additional grants may become available thanks to other sponsors. If so, they'll be awarded according to the same schedule.

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FAQ

Is this real?

Yes! This is a personal experiment in income distribution. Here's the backstory, and here's the announcement about the first set of grants that were given out in 2017. So far, fifteen people have received a Helium Grant.

What types of proposals do you fund?

These grants are meant to serve as risk capital, enabling you to act upon whatever you can’t stop thinking about. Examples of previous grants include: equipment or tools to do your work, time to work on a research project, tuition for a class or workshop, moving expenses, or an internship or travel opportunity.

Creativity is encouraged! You can use the money however you feel it furthers your goals. Just make sure you can explain to a stranger (me) why it's important.

Please note that Helium Grants are awarded to individuals, not organizations.

I’ll prioritize proposals where:

  • Funding goes towards an individual, not an organization
  • Funding isn’t readily available for this type of proposal
  • You've taken action already, or can otherwise demonstrate your commitment
  • You have an interesting backstory or unusual insight into your work
  • Impact extends beyond the grant's timeline
  • Grant timeline is shorter (ex. 3 months) vs. longer (ex. 3 years)

When you say “no strings attached”, what does that mean?

If you're selected for a grant, I’ll email you to arrange payment details. I'll send you a followup email to hear how it went. That’s it!

Can anybody apply?

Yes: any age, country (see caveats below), industry, job title, philosophy, or stage of life.

How will you send the money?

I can send money via PayPal (you need a PayPal/bank account), TransferWise, Venmo, or mail a check.

I’m outside of the U.S., can I apply?

Yes, as long as you use PayPal or TransferWise. I’m not an expert on international payments, so there may be country-specific issues I’m unaware of. If I follow up on your application, I’ll do extra research to make sure we’re all on the same page about fees and legal rigmarole.

I have a question about applying for a grant. How can I get in touch?

Email info@heliumgrant.org. (For my sanity, I will ignore any other means of communication. Please only use this email address!)

How can I get updates on this project?

Sign up below. I'll email infrequently (mostly when new funding cycles are announced), but I promise to keep in touch!

Can I start my own version of this?

Of course! Feel free to adapt these grant terms to your own needs. If you start your own version, I'd love to hear about it.

Do you know of any other grant opportunities?

Yes, I've started a list. If you're aware of other microgrant programs, I encourage you to add them to that list.