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Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK) Foundation’s Seed Funding

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 14, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2022
Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK) Foundation logo
Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK) Foundation logo

The Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK) Foundation is inviting proposals for its grants program to support outsized impact through entrepreneurs and enterprises that create a transformational paradigm shift to meaningfully address a pressing societal problem affecting people’s lives and to achieve substantial positive change in the world.

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DRK Funds:
1. Organizations addressing a critical social or environmental issue as the focus of their work.
2. Founders who intend to expand their impact significantly over time.
3. Organizations operating in Africa, Europe, India, Latin America, and the United States.
4. Independent nonprofit and impact first, mission-driven for-profit entities, including US 501(c)3 and its non-US equivalents, C corporations, B corporations, and hybrid organizations.
5. Fiscally sponsored organizations in select cases where there is a plan to spin out (in our experience, independence creates stronger enabling conditions for growth).
6. Post-pilot, pre-scale organizations. This typically means:
a) Your program, product or service is already in the market or in the field.
b) You have early indication that your model is having its intended impact.
c) Your organization is 3-5 years old (this is not a rule, but a guidepost).
7. Organizations with one or more founders who are full-time or intend to be. We believe that full-time leadership from the organization’s founder(s) is critical to an early stage organization’s growth. We recognize that going full-time requires resources that you may still be putting together, and if that is the case we are happy to start a conversation with you in the meantime.
8. We value diversity of people proximate to the problem at hand and a commitment to foster justice, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices.

The Foundation has a rolling online application process throughout the year; there is no deadline to apply.

After each application is received, it is carefully reviewed by a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation staff member. Based on their appraisal of the fit of the venture with their investment style, they select approximately 25% of applications to move to a first interview.

Those not invited will receive an email around six weeks after submission to bring the process to a close.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 14
Oct 14

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 15
Oct 15

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great!