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Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation’s Grants Program

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 9, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2021
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The Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK) Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies.

Our goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment.

The 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.

DRK prioritizes:
a) Evidence of focused alignment, systemic social change, data-based decision making.
b) Leaders who are continually learning and iterating and welcome a deep working relationship with DRK for 3 years.
c) Leaders who intimately understand the opportunity and the communities they serve.
d) Leaders committed to advancing justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging for all.
e) Organizations who are designed to realize their impact at scale.

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Eligibility Criteria: Organizations
1) addressing a critical social or environmental issue as the focus of their work;
2) operating in Africa, Europe, India, Latin America, and the United States;
3) whose founders who intend to expand their impact significantly over time;
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 the 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;
8) whose founders value diversity of people proximate to the problem at hand and a commitment to foster justice, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices.

Selection criteria and process:
1. Submit Applications | 6 Weeks.
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.
2. First Interview: Exploratory Phase | 1-2 Months.
3. Due Diligence + Follow-on Interviews | 1-2 Months.
4. Final Diligence: Planning and Scheduling | 1-2 Months.
5. Grant Awarded | 3-6 Months.
DRK investments are distributed twice a year over a three-year term. A senior member of the DRK team, most frequently the team member who led the diligence process, will join the board of the organization for the 3-year term to actively support the entrepreneur to build capacity in the social venture to scale and realize their goals.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 09
Apr 09

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests 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 Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 10
Apr 10

Sounds great! Thanks, Ana.