In 2017, three $5,000 grants were awarded to the following recipients:
Whatever you can’t stop thinking about. I'm most interested in supporting a project that is personally meaningful to you.
For example, you might propose:
Get creative! I'd love to hear what you come up with. I’ll prioritize projects where:
I’ll give you 50% up front. I’ll check in with you before sending the second half. Then I’ll do a followup phone call and/or email at the end to hear how it went. That’s it!
Yes: any age, country (see caveats below), industry, job title, philosophy, or stage of life.
I can send money via PayPal (you need a PayPal/bank account), Venmo, or mail a check.
Yes, as long as you accept PayPal. I’ll also ask that you pay the international fees, which seem to range between 0.5–2%.
I’m not an expert on international payments, so there may be other 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.
Applications are currently closed. You can sign up for a reminder when they open again next year (roughly April 2018).
No. I am a random person on the Internet with a penchant for weird funding experiments. These grants come from my personal savings account. I’m not receiving a tax deduction.
Yes! In 2017, two extra people received a $5K grant thanks to a few generous donors.
If you'd like to sponsor a grant next year, add your email here and I'll remind you closer to the date, when applications open up again (roughly April 2018).
Of course! Feel free to adapt these grant terms to your own needs. For inspiration, here are a few similar microgrant experiments I've come across:
If you're doing one too, I'd love to hear about it! Tweet @nayafia or drop me a line.
Yes. I've started a list. If you're aware of another program that should be on there, feel free to add it to that list.