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The BIG List of Funding Sources for Social Good Enterprises

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Funds, Grants, Incubation Programs, Accelerators, Seed Capital and Micro-Finance loans for social good companies.

Funding sources for social good enterprises
Name of CompanyApplication URLApply By DateNotes
Agora PartnershipsApply$950 application fee, 95% of which is covered by program partners. Seeking high growth partners earning annual revenues ranging from $50K – $2MM
Ashoka FellowApplyOpen"A reminder! Ashoka is not a funding agency or foundation. Some Ashoka Fellows in the United States may receive a modest, catalytic stipend. Increasingly, we are focused on advancing Fellows' ideas by introducing them to an entrepreneurial platform of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs who source opportunities for partnership and expansion from the community and find in Ashoka a global professional home."
Ashoka Fellows ProgramApplyOpenFellowship
Better VenturesApplyEarly stage, California. "Backing entrepreneurs building a better world."
Blue Ridge LabsApply"Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood is a Brooklyn-based social impact incubator. Our programs encourage entrepreneurs, designers, and developers to build products for communities that are often overlooked by technology. Focus on startups that can deliver a product or service to low-income New Yorkers."
Case FoundationReviewStrategic partnerships and referrals onlyRevolutionizing Philanthropy, Unleashing Entrepreneurship and Igniting Civic Engagement.
Draper Richards Kaplan FoundationApplyOpenGrant funding
Draper Richards Kaplan FoundationApplyOpenGrant. "Early on, we recognized two things that drive our funding model: 1) unrestricted capital is the most precious capital that our portfolio companies need to build out their organizations and 2) multi-year funding, as opposed to a one-time grant, is a critical success factor in helping these great organizations achieve scale....We partner with the leaders of these organizations and provide rigorous and unrelenting on-going support. We take a board seat for three years, often serving as the first outside board member. We work day and night with our grantees, opening our networks and contacts to each of these select organizations..."
Echoing GreenApplyAccepts applications in OctoberFunding $90,000
Endeavor GlobalApplyThey ask for equity or portion of revenues in return.
Entrepreneurship for AllApplyTwice yearly deadlinesPitch contests, funding, accelerator
Excelsior Impact FundApplyFund focused on providing clean water and sanitation services in developing countries.
FledgeApplyApplication deadline SeptFunding, $20,000 equity investment, 10 week accelerator
Global Social Venture CompetitionApply"The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and over $80,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. " Caveat–the team must have at least one student on it.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small BusinessesApplyOngoingFunding, mentorship, Small business owner or small business co-owner
Business in operation for at least two years
Business revenues over $150,000 in the most recent fiscal year
Business with a minimum of four employees (including the owner)
Google CapitalApply"Founded in 2013, Google Capital focuses on companies that are driving disruption in their markets by harnessing long-term technology trends. Our portfolio ranges from leading consumer to dynamic enterprise-focused companies."
Green ChallengeApply500,000 EUR
GROWFLApplyFor second stage companies headquartered in Florida with 6 to 99 employees and between $750k and $50 million in revenue. Grants to fund strategic research.
Hult PrizeApplyWin US$1,000,000. Compete in the planet’s largest student competition to solve the world's toughest challenges
Investor's CircleApply"Investors' Circle is the largest and most active early-stage impact investing network. Together with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices, we have propelled nearly $200 million into over 300 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health and community." IC typically funds companies that already have traction and expect to be at $5million in 5 years.
James Irvine FoundationApplyGrants focused on poverty in California
Knight FoundationApplyFunding for arts, communities, Journalism and Media Innovation
Legacy Venture FundApply
Levi Strauss FoundationGuidelinesReferral OnlyGrants
MicroWorldApplyMicrofinance loans, international
Mulago FoundationApplyOpen, word of mouthFunding, fellowship
New Schools Venture FundApplyFunding, Investing in Education Entrepreneurs
New York FoundationApplyMust help a New York community.
Open Society FoundationsApplyInnovative funder. The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
Patagonia $20 Million & ChangeApplyOpenFunding
Positive PlanetApplyMicrofinance loans, global
Pullitzer Writing GrantsApplyGrant $15,000
Silicon Valley Social Venture FundApply"SV2 is a vibrant giving network of more than 200 Partners who come together to learn about effective giving and pool their money and talent to support promising social ventures throughout Silicon Valley and the world."
Skoll FoundationVisit SiteReferral OnlyFunding. Investing in change agents whose innovations disrupt the status quo, and accelerating their progress toward impact at scale. "Only accept referrals and nominations solicited from our network of partners and must reject all unsolicited nominations and referrals." "Each Awardee receives a $1.25 million, three-year core support investment to scale their work and increase their impact."
Social Good FundApplyOpen Funding
Social Venture PartnersApply
Stupski FoundationApplyFocuses on California and Hawaii through significantly addressing the issues of hunger, life options for poor and minority youth, and end of life care.
Sundance InstituteApply"The Sundance Documentary Fund provides strategic financial support to cinematic, feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. We provide $1M-$2M in non-recoupable financing annually across all stages of development, production, post-production, and strategic audience engagement."
Taproot FoundationApplyOpenPro bono professional support for nonprofits and social good organizations.
TechstarsApplyAcceleration
Ted FellowApplyJuly and October applications
The Edna Mc Connell Clark FoundatinApplyEMCF invests in organizations that directly serve economically disadvantaged young people in the U.S., ages 9 to 24
The Eli and Edythe Broad FoundationApplyFunding. Arts, education and science.
The New York FoundationApplyWhen to apply"Grants support community-initiated solutions to solve local problems, constituents mobilizing for adequate and equitable resources, and groups organizing a collective voice among those whose voices have not been heard."
The San Francisco FoundationApplySeed funding for innovative approaches in the Bay area.
The William and Flora Hewlett FoundationApplyFunding. Does not fund for profit organizations unless they have fiscal relationship with 501(c) and 3 years of programming experience.
Unreasonable InstituteApplyAccelerator, mentor, focus on geographic regions, fee to participate but scholarships available
VentureWellApplyGrants for faculty and students. "VentureWell is a higher education network that cultivates revolutionary ideas and promising inventions. For nearly twenty years, we’ve been on a mission to launch new ventures from an emerging generation of young inventors driven to improve life for people and the planet."
Village CapitalApplyFunds and trains, programs are agriculture, education, energy & water, Financial Inclusion, Health
Y Combinator FellowshipApplyFunding. $20,000. They take 1.5% equity only if your business wins big, i.e when the company reaches a $100 million valuation.
Dreamit DreamitHealth, education, consumer, enterprise

Funds, Grants, Fellowships, Incubators, and Accelerators for Social Good Companies

The BIG List of Companies That Fund Social Good Entrepreneurs

Please note that the guidelines and deadlines for social good funding sources are subject to change. Check with funders' websites for the most up-to-date information.