Funding for Groups

Currently, there are five different sources of funding available to EA groups. We discuss what they cover below:

The most common way EA groups can get funding is via CEA's Group Support Funding. This funding pays for a group's expenses in running their events or programs, but does not cover organisers' time or living expenses. There is no specific minimum or maximum on the amount of money groups can request, but groups tend to request between 2,000-20,000 USD per year. We recommend most groups, even ones just starting out, to apply for Group Support Funding to pay for their group expenses.

There are two types of Group Support Funding:

  1. Group Support Grants (preferred option). This pay for future expenses of a group for up to 12 months. You can get a decision within 5 working days (or 2 working days if it's urgent), and you can get the funds within 2-3 weeks after.

  2. Rapid Group Support Funding. For urgent requests for reimbursement or for costs that need to be paid within 3 weeks and total below $5,000 USD. You can get a decision within 1-2 working days, and successful applications will get the money within 3 days after that.

Learn more about Group Support Funding and how to apply for it here.

The Global Challenges Project (GCP) also provides student groups fast funding for productivity software, books, events, or other things. They usually process requests within 3 days. You can apply for their funding here.

Funding for Organiser Salaries (or Other Projects)

If your group has gained traction, and you are interested to work part-time or full-time to run your group, or if you want to get funding for a project that is outside the Group Support Funding's scope, then you can check these three other sources of funding:

CEA's Community Building Grants (CBG) programme provides grants for people to work full-time or part-time to build the EA community in certain locations, which can be found here. We've selected these locations either because they have large EA communities, or because they are especially promising places to grow the movement globally. If a location doesn’t already have a CBG-funded organizer, CEA will work with groups there to find one. Learn more about the program here.

CEA has a new Campus Specialist Programme, which will replace the Community Building Grants programme for university groups. You can be hired by CEA to increase the number of highly talented and motivated university students who apply the principles of effective altruism to their lives and careers. The job ad for the role is here, and the application deadline is Jan. 31, 2022. Aside from the job ad, you can read why people should consider becoming a Campus Specialist through this Forum post or this EAG talk by Joan Gass.

If your group is not in a location eligible for the CBG programme, then you can still apply for a grant to work full-time or part-time on your group from the EA Infrastructure Fund. Since 2021, they have started providing grants to EA community builders. They also provide grants to those working on projects to grow or improve the EA movement. Learn more about the fund here.