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Group Support Funding can support EA groups running specific projects (such as retreats or fellowships) or provides general funding to cover a group's running expenses, such as room booking, advertising costs, or food at events. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis with no strong restrictions on which activities or project can receive funding, as long as they are connected to an EA group or groups and comply with CEA’s aims.

A group can receive up to 12,000 USD in Group Support Funding per year, and there is no minimum application size.

Group Support Funding is not intended to pay for people’s living expenses or time; these fall under Community Building Grants.

Groups are required to submit a plan when applying, and a review at the end of the funding period, which includes submitting receipts for expenses incurred. We recommend that groups get in touch with the Groups Team at groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org if they have any questions about these processes.

University groups should find out what funding their university can provide before applying for Group Support Funding.

The page on group resources and support describes other forms of support CEA can provide to groups.

Types of Group Support Funding

General Funding

We provide General Funding to cover groups’ running expenses, including:

  • Room booking
  • Food at events
  • Speaker travel expenses
  • Advertising materials such as event posters or banners and flyers for a university clubs day
  • A library of EA books to lend to members
  • Website and email hosting
  • A Zoom subscription (for groups that are not meeting in person)

Groups can in theory each claim up to 12,000 USD per year, but most groups that apply for funding apply for between 300 and 1000 USD, with larger sums available for particularly large groups.

We recommend established groups apply for funding in advance once each year. However, multiple applications per year are permitted, and newer groups may wish to first apply for 3 or 6 months while they work out what their regular expenses are likely to be.

Fellowships

Fellowships involve a group of fellows attending a weekly series of structured group discussions and other activities. The most common fellowships are introductory EA fellowships run in universities. Funding for fellowships can cover:

  • Room booking
  • Food
  • Advertising materials
  • Printing
  • Books

Retreats

Retreats involve community members gathering for two or more days, usually in a separate location (e.g. outside of their city). Retreat activities vary, and may include social activities, career planning, intensive workshops, and working on projects. Retreats are usually held by large EA groups or regional groups. Funding for retreats commonly covers a full or partial subsidy of retreat costs for members of the community that have financial constraints (e.g. students).

Travel Funding

Groups can apply for travel funding for:

  • Group organisers to attend activities run by other nearby groups
  • Travel and/or expenses for the groups’ most engaged members to travel to their nearest EA conference

Other

If a group has an idea for a project that doesn’t fit into the above categories, they can apply to get funding through the “Other” category. Please get in touch with the Groups Team at groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org to discuss your idea.

Instructions to Apply for Group Support Funding

We encourage groups to apply for funding well in advance of the start of their project (several months if possible) to ensure they can respond to any feedback we might provide. For retreats in particular, we recommend groups initially apply at least three months in advance, as there might be up to a two-month delay before funding is approved and disbursed.

  1. Please make a copy of one of these Google document application templates. These templates include the questions required in the application form and due diligence form, plus a few other questions specific to the type of funding.

  2. Answer the questions in the template by replacing all the blue text. The word count is a very rough guide.

  3. Optional: To get feedback before formally submitting, the application document can be shared as a Google Doc with groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org. You’ll get a response within seven days.

  4. Save the application document as a PDF.

  5. Apply via CEA's grantee portal. If you haven't logged in before click New User? and register as an Individual (unless you're representing a legally recognised organisation, or you want the funds sent to a group bank account). Once you are signed in, you can find the application form by going to Apply for a Grant and then Groups Support.

  6. Applicants will receive a response within seven days (or two working days if it is an urgent application).

  7. Due Diligence. If the application is successful, and the applicant hasn’t received funding from CEA before, they will have to go through the Due Diligence process. This involves the applicant

    • Completing questions (most are in the application template)
    • Uploading a copy of a photo ID
    • Uploading a copy of a CV, or linking a LinkedIn profile

At any point in the process, you can contact groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org about the content of the application, or grantees@centreforeffectivealtruism.org about due diligence and payment.

During Your Funding Period

  • Organisers should review the templates below so that they know what kind of information they will need for the review.
  • Organisers should keep any receipts so they can attach them to the review.
  • Please spend responsibly!

Review

At the end of the funding period, groups will receive a reminder via email to write a review, which is due one month after the completion of their funding period.

If the funding application was made BEFORE August 3, 2020 (using a Google form):

  1. Please make a copy of one of these Google document application templates:
  2. Then, answer the questions in the template by replacing all the blue text with your information. The word count is a very rough guide.
  3. Save the document as a PDF.
  4. Then email the PDF to groups@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.

If the funding application was made August 11, 2020 or later (using CEA’s grantees dashboard):

  1. Please make a copy of one of these Google document application templates:
  2. Then, answer the questions in the template by replacing all the blue text with your information. The word count is a very rough guide.
  3. Save the document as a PDF.
  4. Finally, use the link in your email to fill out the form on CEA’s grantees dashboard. You will be asked to upload your completed review document (as a PDF) at the end of this process.