Greater Sum Grant Partner Application

The Greater Sum Foundation supports innovation in the nonprofit
sector by providing funding, subject matter expertise, networking,
and professional development opportunities as part of a year-long cohort experience.  We work with young nonprofits created to solve problems in new ways or established nonprofits entering areas of work to do something innovative.

Wondering whether to apply? We’ve thrown out several iterations of a “our perfect partner” definition as that definition has changed and expanded. Instead, we’ll be open about the metrics we use to assess applications.

  • Is the project truly innovative?

  • Is progress measurable?

  • Could this innovation scale?

In our pitch round, we dive deeper into the challenges that finalist organizations are facing this year to assess whether the resources we provide would be helpful. If you’re NOT looking for subject matter expertise, networking opportunities, or professional development, the Greater Sum cohort experience is not going to be a good fit.

Our first round application is a straightforward Google Form.  Here’s a PDF version you can use to prepare — click the “apply” button to access the live form. The application should not take you more than a few hours.  Finalists will participate in a virtual pitch, which is a more significant time commitment.  You're welcome to view our Pitch Deck Primer video to learn more about the pitch process. 


  • Application Q&A webinars: May 2nd, June 4th, July 1st @ 12pm Eastern

  • First Round application deadline: July 30th, 2019

  • Finalists notified: by October 2019

    • Finalists provided with instructions for creating their pitch deck & scheduling a virtual pitch.

  • Grants awarded: January 2020



Community & Individuals : Full and productive employment; Safe, inclusive, and resilient communities.

Community & Individuals: Full and productive employment; Safe, inclusive, and resilient communities.

Environment : Responsible consumption & production, access to modern energy & sanitation.

Environment: Responsible consumption & production, access to modern energy & sanitation.

Education : Lifelong learning, Inclusive quality education.

Education: Lifelong learning, Inclusive quality education.

Health : Healthier lives for all.

Health: Healthier lives for all.



If you are selected by The Greater Sum, you will receive:

·  A grant for operational* funding in our range of $10-20k

·  A connection to a Greater Sum Subject Matter Expert (SME) who will serve as mentor, sounding board, go-to person, and who can connect you with additional SMEs as needed

·  Virtual and in-person professional development and networking opportunities


Grant recipients will be required to sign written agreements, participate in a project plan and report on plan progress, attend one Greater Sum convening during 2020, and provide an accounting of expenditures.

Questions about the process?  Visit our FAQ.

* The Greater Sum does not invest time or money in attempts to influence legislation by propaganda, or in the direct or indirect participation in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.  We do not engage in activities that would be deemed those of action organizations under section 5012(c)(4) of the Code. 

When conducting any activities in foreign countries, we check the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons for names of individuals and entities on the list.  We will ensure that organizational funds are not diverted to support terrorism or other non-charitable activities.  We comply with all United States of America (US) statutes, executive orders, and regulations that restrict or prohibit US persons from engaging in transactions and dealings with designated countries, entities, or individuals, or otherwise engaging in activities in violation of economic sanctions administered by OFAC.  We will acquire from OFAC the appropriate license and registration when necessary.

During this grant cycle, The Greater Sum is not providing grants to individuals, for-profit companies, or organizations based outside of the US.