Funder: RSF Social Finance; Opportunity: 2017 RSF Seed Fund grants; Funding Focus: Education, arts, nutrition, food and the environment; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $5,000 for multiple awards; Deadline: TBA, the next round opens in January.
Summary: Funder (www.rsfsocialfinance.org) is interested in smaller, startup projects offering innovative solutions. The fund provides grants of $500 to $3,500 to nonprofit organizations. Funded projects must address one of the following focus areas: The food and agriculture category encourages new economic models supporting sustainable food and agriculture. The education and the arts category supports education and arts projects that are holistic and therapeutic. The ecological stewardship category promotes projects devoted to preserving the earth’s ecosystems. The fund is especially interested in supporting novice organizations which are within their first two years of operation and new projects or programs from existing organizations (not including projects that are expanding in geographic scope only).