Funding for Groups

Last updated June 9, 2022

Short Summary

This page contains all the funding sources that currently provide funding to EA groups and group organizers.

1. Funding for university group organizers (part-time or full-time)

2. Funding for university group expenses

3. Funding for city / national group organizers (part-time or full-time)

4. Funding for city / national group expenses

5. Funding for Specific Group Costs

If you have any questions about getting funding, please email groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.

Your Funding Options

1. Funding for University Group Organizers

Purpose: The Open Phil Uni Organizer Fellowship provides part-time or full-time funding for individuals who want to direct or support university student groups focused on topics relevant to improving the long-term future, including EA, longtermism, rationality, or specific cause areas. Organizers must work at least 10 hours per semester, and may request funding for up to full-time work.

Duration of funding: They are likely to fund newer organizers for only a semester to a year at a time, but are happy to consider 2-year renewals for experienced organizers.

Amount funded: US and UK organizers will receive full-time funding equivalent to $45K - $80K per year ($22 - $40 per hour) for undergraduates, and $60K - $95K per year ($30 - $48 per hour) for non-undergraduates (including those no longer at university), depending on location, track record, and university. These salaries will be pro-rated for part-time organizers and adjusted for other countries according to cost-of-living and other location-specific factors.

Note that only organizers working 40 hours per week (full-time) in the US will receive a health insurance stipend.

Turnaround time: They expect to make final decisions on most applicants within three weeks of receiving their applications, with some applications taking up to six weeks.

If you’re considering applying to Open Phil's Uni Organizer Fellowship, you may want to consider the Century Fellowship, a 2-year program that supports promising people early in their careers who want to work on challenges the world may face this century that could have a lasting and significant impact on the long-term future.

The scope of this program overlaps with the scope of the university organizers fellowship, but is intended to give more support and flexibility (including $100K+ / year in funding) to people who would be especially promising applicants. Open Phil will automatically forward applications to this program to other funding sources that are a good fit and will email you for additional application information if necessary.

Descriptions of plans may be very broad or uncertain, e.g. "I’m broadly interested in community building, but I’m still thinking about plans and I’m not sure what exactly I want to do."

Feel free to email centuryfellowship@openphilanthropy.org with questions about the differences in these opportunities.

Purpose: CEA’s University Group Accelerator Program (UGAP) aims to turn a new university EA group consisting of a couple of interested organizers into a mid-sized university group. ​​It offers stipends for the main organizers, regular meetings with an experienced mentor, training, and useful resources to run your first intro program.

Duration of funding: This is a two semester program.

Amount funded (for Fall 2022): $1,800 per semester per organizer to work 5-7 hours per week on your group. Up to 3 main organizers per semester can be funded.

  • If you would like to get funding to work more than 5-7 hours per week on your group, you can apply for additional funding from Open Phil's uni organizer fellowship or the EA Infrastructure Fund.

  • Stipends are adjusted partially by the cost of living in your country, with a base of $1,800 a semester for those in the U.S.

Turnaround time: There will be a round of UGAP that starts in late June 2022 for southern hemisphere groups and early August for northern hemisphere groups. Applications are now open and further information can be found on this page.

Purpose: Individuals can apply to the EAIF for any effective altruism-related group or meta project (including those that the Open Philanthropy University Organizer Fellowship program would fund).

Organizer time commitment: Similar to Open Phil’s uni organizer fellowship (minimum of 10 hours per week of semester); but this may vary based on the fund manager evaluating your application.

Duration of funding: Similar to Open Phil’s fellowship; may vary based on fund manager.

Amount funded: Similar to Open Phil; may vary based on fund manager; Grant sizes are typically between $5,000 and $200,000, but can be as low as $1,000 and higher than $500,000.

Turnaround time: The Long-Term Future Fund and EA Infrastructure Fund will respond with a funding decision within six weeks, and typically in just three weeks. If you need to hear back sooner (e.g., within just a few days), you can let them know in the application form, and they will see what they can do.

People applying for the Open Philanthropy University Organizer Fellowship can also apply for funding from the Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund, though Open Philanthropy intends to optimize their fellowship to be a smoother funding experience for student organizers in particular. It’s plausible that EAIF may direct all university group organizer funding to Open Philanthropy.

2. Funding for University Group Expenses

There are multiple options. We recommend you apply to the place where you have the best relationships, unless you need urgent funding.

Purpose: Group Support Funding can cover your group's running expenses or fund a specific group project. This funding is open to all types of EA groups (not just university groups). These include EA books, food and drinks at events, software, advertising costs, social media advertising, venue hiring, retreat costs, travel costs - similar to the expenses covered by Open Phil below. Examples of generally pre-approved expenses are listed here.

Amount funded: There is no specific limit on the amount of money groups can request, but groups tend to request between 2,000 USD and 20,000 USD per year. We encourage you to err on the side of requesting more money if you can think of an impactful way to use it.

Turnaround time: You will get a decision about your grant within 5 working days (or 2 working days if your grant is urgent), unless we have further questions to ask you. If you complete the due diligence and grant agreement steps shortly after receiving the instructions, you will usually receive the funds within 2 weeks (UK and US groups) or 3 weeks (other countries) after the application is received.

Purpose: As of April 2022, Open Philanthropy also now provides funding to university groups for their expenses. Expenses Open Phil would be interested in providing funding for include:

  • Promotional materials (including banners, posters, flyers, stickers, shirts or other merchandise)

  • Group-relevant books to give away to students

  • Food for group meetings, events, tabling, retreats, 1-on-1s

  • Venue and travel costs for retreats (including for group organizers, potential members, relevant professionals, and/or students from other universities)

  • Software and subscription costs

  • Equipment costs for events

  • Honorariums and travel expenses for speakers

  • Rent and furnishing costs for dedicated office spaces

  • Subsidies for group housing

  • Travel and housing expenses for members to visit key geographic hubs

  • Costs to host a large conference

Even if your expense idea isn’t on this list, we’d like to hear about it.

Amount funded: Historically, smaller and newer groups have used $5,000 - $10,000 per year, while larger groups have used $10,000 - $100,000+. We encourage you to err on the side of requesting more money if you can think of an impactful way to use it.

Turnaround time: We expect to make decisions on most requests within three weeks of receiving them, with some requests taking up to six weeks.

People can also apply for funding for group expenses from the Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund, though CEA’s Group Support Grants or Open Phil’s Uni Group Funding are more optimized funding sources for student organizers.

Fast Funding

Purpose: For groups and organizers (of any type of EA group) already in touch with the CEA groups team that have an urgent upcoming expense (or recently desired reimbursement) that could be covered in the Group Support Grant, you can apply for our rapid group support funding.

Amount funded: Up to $5,000

Turnaround time: Applications will be assessed within 1 working day, and successful applications will receive an email within 2 working days of their application with instructions on how to enter bank details. For groups in the US and UK, the money will arrive in your bank account as soon as you enter your bank details. For other countries the transfer will usually take 3 days.

Purpose: GCP lets you request funding for certain services and larger projects. These include food for an event, t-shirts, roll up banners, books, room booking costs for an event, domain name, productivity software, travel, accommodation, or others.

Amount funded: Less than $1,000 (otherwise referred to CEA's Group Support Funding or the Effective Altruism Infrastructure Fund)

Turnaround time: Within 3 days

3. Funding for City / National Group Organizers

Purpose: Support for city & national groups in select locations (listed here), including organizer funding, group expenses funding, opportunities for ongoing mentorship, peer-knowing sharing sessions, and bi-annual peer retreats.

Amount Funded:

  • Organizers receive grants to cover their salaries from $60,000 - $80,000, with some variation based on cost of living and duration of time on the CBG program.

  • Each group receives group expenses of at least £20,000 per FTE for books, travel, professional development, co-working spaces, equipment, and outsourcing tasks. We’re excited to provide additional funding if groups have good uses for funds.

Duration: A CBG recipient’s first grant provides funding for one year. Subsequent grants may provide funding for up to two years.

Turnaround time: We assess all applications on a rolling basis, and usually within 2 weeks of when you apply. Email groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.

If your group is not in a location eligible for the city / national group CBG program, then you can still apply for group organizer funding to work full-time or part-time on your group from the EA Infrastructure Fund.

4. Funding for City / National Group Expenses

These funding sources were talked about earlier above.

5. Funding for Specific Group Costs

Purpose: EA Books Direct lets groups send books to whoever you want quickly and without hassle.

Turnaround time: People ordering from the US and UK can receive their books usually within a few days of requesting it. Shipping to other countries takes longer (can be several weeks). You can read more about getting books here. They are currently not accepting new groups to use their service though, and they're also no longer helping groups order books in bulk. Groups who'd like to order books in bulk can apply for CEA funding for this and buy the books themselves on Amazon.

Purpose: CEA wants to support more in-person conferences and events to help connect members of the EA community. You can apply for financial support for conferences & events, guidance on how to run the event effectively, assistance in identifying speakers and co-organizers, and free access to event management resources (e.g. Swapcard and Zoho).

Amount funded: Event organizers are paid $38 / hour by default; Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $150,000.

Turnaround time: Applications are open in batches. Please contact ollie@eaglobal.org and start your subject line with “CE application:” if you have an off-cycle request.

Note: If you’re applying for an event for less than 100 people or retreats, we’d encourage you to just apply for CEA Groups Support Grants. The main benefit of CEA Events support grants isi) access to technical support, event management resources, and the EAGx brand.

Still unsure?

If your funding need doesn’t fit into a category listed above, we recommend applying to the EA Infrastructure Fund or emailing groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.