2020-H1 grant round
SFF is holding another grant round to distribute funds in June 2020. We estimate between $0.8MM and $1.5MM will be distributed in this round. Applications are due on April 13 (previously March 7), via the following form:
SFF-2020-H1 Grant Application
We officially extended the application deadline to April 13 because many applicants were late due to difficulties arising from COVID-19.
We are considering running another similar grant round in 2020-H2, but a final decision on this has not been made.
2019-Q4 grant round
SFF had finalized most of its grant decisions for 2019-Q4:
SFF-2019-Q4 S-process Recommendations Announcement
The total funding distributed will be around $2MM, at the high end of our expected $1MM-$2MM estimate. We are considering running another similar grant round in Q2, Q3, or Q4 of 2020, but this decision has not been finalized.
Survivalandflourishing.fund is a website maintained by the Fund Advisors of the Survival and Flourishing Fund (SFF), a Donor Advised Fund held at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Our goal is to bring financial support to organizations working to improve humanity’s long-term prospects for survival and flourishing. We use this website to host announcements about our plans to investigate grant-making opportunities.
SFF was initially funded in 2019 by a grant of approximately $2 million from the Organizational Grants Program of the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI), which in turn was funded by donations from philanthropist Jaan Tallinn.
Survival and Flourishing Fund Advisors
Past Grant Recommendations
Below is a complete list of grants we have thus far recommended to be made from the Survival and Flourishing Fund, accurate up to the final date listed in the table. Recommendations after that final date might not be listed yet.
|2019-08||80,000 Hours||$280,000||General Support|
|2019-08||Center For Applied Rationality||$110,000||General Support|
|2019-08||Centre for the Study of Existential Risk||$40,000||General Support|
|2019-08||Future of Life Institute||$130,000||General Support|
|2019-08||Global Catastrophic Risks Institute||$60,000||General Support|
|2019-08||LessWrong 2.0||$260,000||General Support|
|2019-11||80,000 Hours||$40,000||General Support of 80,000 Hours|
|2019-11||AI Impacts||$70,000||General Support of AI Impacts|
|2019-11||AAAI/ACM conference on AI, Ethics and Society (AIES 2020)||$20,000||General Support of AIES|
|2019-11||Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED)||$10,000||General Support of ALLFED|
|2019-11||Center For Applied Rationality||$150,000||General Support|
|2019-11||Charter Cities Institute||$60,000||General Support of the Charter Cities Institute|
|2019-11||Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge||$50,000||General Support of Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge|
|2019-11||Earth Law Center||$30,000||General Support|
|2019-11||Global Catastrophic Risk Institute||$30,000||General Support of GCRI|
|2019-11||Longevity Research Institute||$160,000||General Support|
|2019-11||Median Group||$50,000||General Support|
|2019-11||Modeling Cooperation||$50,000||General Support of Modeling Cooperation|
|2019-11||OAK (Optimizing Awakening and Kindness)||$100,000||General Support of OAK (Optimizing Awakening and Kindness)|
|2019-11||Ought Inc.||$100,000||General Support|
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