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.
Additional grants may become available thanks to other sponsors. If so, they'll be awarded according to the same schedule.
Over $20,000 in grants have been made available, thanks to other generous sponsors. If you'd like to sponsor a grant, here's how it works:
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.
These grants are meant to enable 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, 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.
There are a few exclusions: Helium Grants are intended for individuals (not organizations); they cannot be used to repay debt; and you must be able to accomplish your entire proposal with the $1K grant (additional funding sources are fine for a bigger budget, but you should already have that money secured).
I’ll prioritize proposals where:
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!
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), TransferWise, Venmo, or mail a check.
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. (For my sanity, I will ignore any other means of communication. Please only use this email address!)
Sign up below. I'll email infrequently (mostly when new funding cycles are announced), but I promise to keep in touch!
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.
Yes, I've started a list. If you're aware of other microgrant programs, I encourage you to add them to that list.