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One problem of aspiring business owners is the little access to funds to give their business a boost.
So many potential and great businesses never spring up or stand the test of time because of poor access to fund.
So far so good we have had both governmental and non-governmental organizations interventions in grants making for start up and small businesses.
One out of all that we will be discussing about the Pollination Project.
The pollination Project is one of the very best and passionate online non governmental organization that gives out micro grants 365 days a year to grassroots global change agents who seek to spread compassion in their communities and in the world for the benefit of all.
They also make larger impact grants of up to $5000 to projects previously funded by TPP that have demonstrated ongoing impact and success.
About T.P.P (The Pollination Project).
The Pollination Project (TPP) is an international nonprofit organization Founded in 2013.
Their mission is to spark goodness and compassion in every person through a daily practice of generosity and grant making.
The Pollination Project relies on a global network of grantees, community partners, and volunteer advisors to identify extraordinary project leaders who are not in a position to receive funding from other foundations or institutions due to the grassroots nature of their work.
We know there are many ways to approach changing the world. It is our belief that uplifting and empowering individuals at the grassroots-level is a particularly potent way to achieve real and long-lasting change because:
As of 2019, TPP has awarded 3,500 grants to grassroots leaders totaling more than $4,000,000 in over 110 countries.
Through our global network of grantees and community partners, those leaders often leverage their grant into more funding and team-building.
Our grantees have gone on to win prestigious international awards, secure large government and foundation grants, and garner national and international media attention.
Other Grant Programs.
The pollination project is one out of many foundation that is indeed serious about changing the world.
In addition to the major grant s here are other grant programs carried out by this wonderful foundation.
1 .East Africa Leadership Program.
Though The Pollination Project makes grants all over the world, they are particularly deeply rooted in the East African nations of Kenya and Uganda.
To best serve grantees in these countries, they partner with a leadership team comprised of TPP grantees and local change makers.
2.The Global Kindness Program.
In partnership with The Fox Family Foundation, the pollination projects upport work that focuses on developing understanding, empathy, and compassion in the world.
They believe believe empowering individuals who recognize and realize the power that they hold as agents of change typically continue striving for good, and their impact ripples out into the world in a myriad of positive ways.
3. Global Animal Advocacy Program.
The pollination project , we partnered with Open Philanthropy Project to offer $100,000 in small grants to activists working on behalf of animals in Brazil, Mexico, India, and the Greater China Region.
They believe local change makers are best positioned to ensure our grants are appropriate and impactful, and that we are approaching our work in a way that best supports and serves animal activists in these countries.
4. The Youth Leadership Program.
The Pollination Project, in partnership with the Fox Family Foundation, offers seed grants for projects that nurture the compassionate, visionary leadership of our nation’s youth.
You can read more about their grants by clicking link
The Pollination project was founded by a self proclaimed monk called Ajay Dahiya.
Ajay was born in Surrey, England, to a working-class immigrant family.
Growing up in a diverse and disparate environment he enjoyed a childhood which immersed him in a variety of cultures.
From early on in his life, Ajay felt a great need for inner transformation.
While in pursuit of this deep spiritual calling Ajay became ordained as a monastic in his late teens.
As a monk for eight years, Ajay had the honor of serving diverse teams across the globe and after transitioning out of monastic life would go on to hold executive leadership positions in a variety of mission-driven organizations including Insight LA, Hope Not Hate, and The Bhakti Center.
An entrepreneur in all that he does, Ajay strives to realize a healthy, equal, and just society for all by bringing out the goodness and compassion in everyone he meets.
Ajay was privileged to have gained invaluable experience in non-profits that question the status quo.
His personal success has been a product of engaging and inspiring others to grow. He relishes solving puzzles involving the relationship between human growth and a compassionate society.
The Pollination Project Grant Requirements
The pollination project is always available 24/7 and 365 days of the year.
Here are the requirements needed for the pollination project.
1. A Guarantor.
The need of a guarantor was only included in the latest upgrade in their platform.
You would be asked to submit the Full name, Email and phone number of your guarantor.
Please note that the email in question must not be a regular email such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail.
You should submit a custom email address like a cooperate one like email@example.com.
2. A new or existing business Idea.
Another very important to be considered is the need for a business Idea.
Your business can either be in a startup or an existing business idea that is capable of making money.
Another important requirement that can determine the success of your business is the use of a website.
The pollination project does not have any branch in Nigeria.
They are located in the U.S and they work remotely in all major parts of the world.
The only way they can verify your business is the use of a website.
You can see my article on creating a website or a blog via the link below.
4. Social media Pages.
Social profiles like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are platform that are also required for the success of your application.
You can do a very short and introductory Video on YouTube and provide a shareable link as provided in the application form.
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The Pollination Project disburses grants via PayPal.
You should create a PayPal account alongside your grant application.
You can create a paypal account for free by visiting the paypal account.
List Of Awardees For the Year 2020.
Since inception the pollination project has has awarded 3,500 grants to grassroots leaders totaling more than $4,000,000 in over 110 countries all over the world from including Nigeria.
Here are a very few lucky ones that have been granted the pollination grant award in the year 2020.
1. StellaMakeovers Social Enterprises – Nigeria
Stella Makeovers is a make up company based in Lagos, Nigeria.
She is one of the very few awardees that was awarded early this February.
Our work seeks to provide livelihood skills and sexual and reproductive health education to girls and women.
We work to promote the growth of the girl child and counteract the notion that the girl child’s place is in the house. We provide opportunities for women and girls to acquire skills, become entrepreneurs and create an impact in the society.
2. Oluwatomisin Olowookere – EndFGMEsan – Nigeria
Another very pollination grant awardee is Olluwatominson Olowookere whose aim is to provide Education on Femal genital mutilation practice in Nigeria.
In Nigeria, 20 million women are survivors of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) out of which the Esan community contributes a large chunk.
The practice is founded in traditional beliefs and societal pressure to conform. Female Genital Mutilation does irreparable harm, as I am a survivor. It often results in death through severe bleeding, pain, trauma, and overwhelming infections. It is routinely traumatic. It has dangerous health implications because of the unsanitary conditions in which it is generally practiced.
Aside from the health risks they face, it is very difficult for female survivors to reintegrate into the mainstream of society because of the stigma that they are prone to experience, leaving them at the verge of not harnessing their full potentials.
The acquisition of the TPP grant will aid us in addressing the high rate of female genital mutilation in the Esan community by carrying out a three month long End FGM campaign, which will feature one-on-one advocacy, education and enlightenment, collection of signatures from survivors, and sending of letters/petitions to relevant authorities all aimed at reducing the incidence of this menace by over 70%.
3. Ataro Juliet Olal And Akoko Doris – Lifeskills Training – Uganda
Here is Juliet Olal and Akoro Doris from Uganda who wants to empowers young ladies in their community with life skill training for children.
Due to the long history of poverty and lack of education, many adolescent girls in poor and rural communities expose themselves to a range of risks, including drug and alcohol use, sexually transmitted infections, gender based violence, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, and child marriage.
According to UNFPA, Uganda indicates that the percentage of women aged 20-24 who gave birth before the age of 18 is at 33.0%, with a 21.5% completing secondary education.
This is higher among women who live in rural areas compared to ones from urban areas as the adolescent girls are more vulnerable compared to their male counterparts.
Our group aims to solve the problem of teenage pregnancy, which is very common in Kitgum District, by providing life skills training for the girls and providing practical hands on training that will engage them while learning and earning.
By so doing, we hope to support the girls acquire skills to help them earn a living but also to make informed decisions about their lives.
They will be able to live with dignity and to have hope. Life skills decision making, confidence self esteem and self reliance.
The girls will enroll at the center and they will attend according to schedules developed by the trainers.
They will be trained on how to make bags, tailoring, making of sanitary towels, and baking among other skills.
Each of the girls is expected to pay a small fee of 20,000 shillings per semester – 5,000 shillings for those who can only come during the holidays.
Each of the girls and boys will benefit a percent out of their finished products that will be sold.
I was inspired to start this initiative because am a single mother and I was abandoned by the father of my children.
I feel for other girls who are like me, who have children and yet have no means of earning decent earnings or income.
I feel this opportunity will support girls who are like me. I have been mentoring and listening to their stories and this has inspired me to start this project.
I have noticed that many times when a girl gets pregnant she is abandoned with her child or children and many of them have untold pains.
I feel their pain and I think I have a role to play to reduce the pain.
They have become vulnerable to other social and health issues because they want to survive.
I want to play a role with my colleagues to address this problem in my community.
Hope keeps me going but I know that we also have to start. I also feel happy when I hear success stories of girls; this keeps me powerful and hopeful.
The seed grant from TPP is important because these category of girls described in this project are trying their level best to survive and to look after their children.
Many studies have shown how many of the responsibilities at home is being handled by women including child care and rearing.
This project therefore will greatly contribute to reducing poverty among women and girls, reduce their vulnerability to sexual exploitation and reduce incidences of pregnancies among women and girls and reduce possibilities of having children on the streets because their parents will have ability to care for their needs.
4. Alice Apejoye & Ogunfuye Samuel – WIT 21 Hub Holiday Camp – Nigeria
Alice Apejoye and Ogunfuye Samuel are Nigerians who want to inspire and empower children with education training while on holidays.
Here is their Pitch.
Growing up in an environment where children were denied their right to protection development, survival, and participation has inspired me.
I have watched parents and teachers love their children, yet subject them to different forms of abuse.
While individuals from high-income families are granted a quality education and access to skills that help them in the global economy, others have to stay home.
This is where the idea for the WIT 21 Hub Holiday Camp comes from.
The holiday camp will provide educational opportunities to children from families like mine who cannot afford the fees of other opportunities.
I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work to further share my passion.
The more I studied about social problems and their short and long term effects, the more inspired I was to solve the issue of child protection in Africa.
The Pollination Project grant will help us bring this program during the December school holiday to children in families that are not able to afford expensive holiday programs..
5. Daniel Ajumobi – JumobyLand For Farmly – Nigeria
My personal mentor in the name of Daniel Ajumobi is a Nigeria, based in Lagos.
I know him personally he has won so many grants including the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation Grant.
And also added other grant to his name including the pollination project.
This pitch is about his farm project on vitamin fortified cassava.
JumobyLand For Farmly is a project initiated by Daniel Ajumobi with focus on promoting healthy consumption and combating youth-unemployment across Nigeria.
He is cultivating, processing and packaging plantain into cheap, edible, zero sugar, and zero cholesterol flour, chips, and other by-products. The project caters towards indigent youth by providing decent work, feeding, shelter, and basic education for youth within the rural communities in the western part of the country.
The project was born out of Daniel’s passion to end the unemployment rate, which is on the rise.
As someone who experienced unemployment, Daniel journeyed through the paths of survival, from the street to becoming a social entrepreneur.
Grant funds will allow him to carry out the following activities: clearing farmland, purchasing plantain and corn stalks, establishing a borehole, and cultivating workforce payment.
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6. Ameh Eninibajo – Enhancing Computer Training Among Jobless Youths – Nigeria
Ameh Eninibajo is also a Nigerian who is passionate about computer literacy, he has proposed his intended project to the pollination project and he was awareded in February 2020.
Enhancing Computer Training Among Jobless Youths is out to resolve the problem of joblessness among youth in Nigeria.
The number of unemployed youths is over 16 million, which is equals 33% of the population.
This has led the youth into engaging among various kind of social vices destructive to both the local economy and their future.
This project aims to to train five unemployed youths in computer application, such as Microsoft Office, graphic and website design, video editing and other lucrative skills.
When this knowledge is acquired, the candidates will be empowered with set of computer skills and a stipend for the establishment of their own computer business.
Why You Will Not Win The Pollination Project Grants.
Just a quick tip to help you write a application that would be easily accepted and less likely to be rejected.
Here are some very few reason why you will not win The Pollination Project grants.
1.The project is too big or established.
We prioritize funding startup projects that have been operating for under a year and are all volunteer run. We do not fund nonprofit or other organizations or institutions with paid staff or established funding sources.
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2. The application was not filled out correctly.
The Pollination project will only accept applications that were completed using the instructions that we provide in the application.
They also do not accept Facebook applications, applications cut and pasted into emails, faxes or snail mail applications.
We do not consider applications that do not answer our application questions.
3. The project or budget focuses on one-time activities as opposed to creating a long term plan.
The pollination project fund activities that will help a project grow, stabilize and have long term impact.
We often turn down projects such as one time retreats or training’s; training fees, consumable items such as food, art supplies and other things that are used once and only have impact at the time it was used.
However, we are open to considering projects that show how their one-time activity will seed something bigger.
4. The project impact is too limited.
The pollination project seeks to fund projects that impact as many beings as possible.
We do not fund projects that only impact one person, one family or one small group or class.
5. The marketing/distribution plan is too limited.
In the case of a media project (book, video, app., etc.), we see a lot of great ideas! To make your idea stand out, we like to see a realistic strategy for how you will ensure other people use and see your media project.
For example, if you want to make a short video about climate change, please give us an idea of how you will make sure others see your video.
Do you have specific people/organizations/partners who will distribute and promote it?
6. The project’s social change benefit is not well-articulated.
The Pollination Project is mission-driven nonprofit organization and are committed to making sure that there is clear social change benefit in every project we fund.
Please make sure that you clearly and – as specifically as possible- spell out the target audience for your project and how they will benefit as a result of your project.
7. The project budget is too big.
Even if you have raised very little to date, your project budget may be too large for us to feel like we are really making a difference.
We are looking to be a seed funder for projects where $1,000 will really get something off the ground. If $1,000 is really just a drop in the bucket, we probably won’t fund the project.
Additionally, if your project requires more than $1K to be successful, and you have no plan for raising the amount you need, we may be concerned that our donation will not be used effectively.
8. You requested funding for computer/video equipment that isn’t well enough justified.
The Pollination project rarely fund ipads, tablets, computers or video equipment unless those items are being used to build overarching project infrastructure.
The TPP don’t fund items that only benefit one person (such as a tablet that is used solely by one or two students to do their homework) or where there are less expensive alternatives (like borrowing or renting the item) in order to achieve the project goals.
9. Your application lacks detail.
Always apply with complete details of your application and here are very few questions to guide you
What are you specifically doing?
Are you charging for it?
How will proceeds get used?
What specifically will you spend the grant funds on?
10. You did not show us how your project would be sustainable
A question we often asked during review is: “what will happen once the grant funds run out?”.
If you do not have a plan to sustain your project, or have not made that plan clear in your application, then Your application might be denied.
10. Your project does not clearly align with our values of compassion consciousness.
The Pollination project looks for projects that understand the intersections between human rights, social justice, animal welfare, environmental sustainability and the evolution of the human spirit.
Sometimes they may decline good projects because they focus on one single outcome and don’t reflect the inter-relatedness of these issues.
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Frequently Asked Question About T.P.P (The Pollination Project)
Here are some very few important frequently asked question about the pollination project.
1.How much can I apply for?
We make initial grants of up to $1,000. Successful grantees become eligible for larger impact grants of up to $5000 and other support.
2. How do I apply?.
First, please complete our prescreen questionnaire. If you meet our basic guidelines, you will receive a link to our online application. We cannot accept applications via Facebook, snail mail or cut and pasted into the body of an email.
3. What types of projects do you fund?
TPP does not seek to limit our funding to particular types of projects or issues. We are a values led organization and our goal is support early stage projects which move us toward a more compassionate, just, and sustainable world for all.
We believe in the power change at the individual and community level, and so our role is to offer funding, belief, and support that helps take those early stage projects and ideas to the next level – whatever they may be.
You can read more on their website.
As stated above, the pollination Grant making organization is available throughout the year.
Even when rejected you can apply as many times as possible till you get accepted.
Grants are reviewed in a space of 4-6 weeks.
After a period of 4-weeks you can check the status of your application by sending an email to ,
They will respond to you in less that 48 hours.
In the meantime you can also explore all other grant opportunities by reviewing the article i wrote on grants,