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Seeding the Future Application

Application Process

Applications for the 2023 Challenge are now closed. Please check back in June for 2024 submission dates.

Application Questions     Budget Template

Selection Criteria

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Application Timeline for Each Award

Seed Grant Application

  • Application deadline: August 1
  • Announcement of award recipients: September

Growth Grants and Seeding The Future Grand Prize Applicants

  • Application deadline: August 1
  • Finalists announced and finalist interviews held: October
  • Announcement of award recipients: January

Application Materials

To apply for funding, applicants must submit:

  • Responses to all application questions
  • A project timeline and budget

Documents to Verify Your Organizational Status and Financial Standing

North American or European based for-profit organizations must submit:

  • Most recent financial statement that includes a budget and revenue (including disclosure of current levels of investment and financial assets) 
  • Articles of Incorporation or similar documents 
  • Federal Tax ID Number (TIN) or tax status documentation
  • Certificate of good standing, indicating that the business is properly registered with the state or country

U.S. based non-profit organizations must submit:

  • Most recent financial statement (audited financials preferred but not required)
  • Most recent 990 -OR-
  • IRS letter of determination

Non-profit organizations based outside of the United States must submit:

  • Most recent financial statement (audited financials preferred but not required) 
  • Documentation verifying that the applicant organization is currently registered as a non-profit organization (equivalent to a US 501(c)(3) public charity) in its country. Please note that IFT may follow up to request additional documentation to verify the applicant’s non-profit status.

To ensure equity and fairness in the review process, applicants must have completed all requested materials and submit them by the deadline indicated above. Late or incomplete submissions cannot be considered.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.