Grant Application

The Greater Sum application window has closed for 2017.  If you contacted us to request an extension because your community has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Irma, the extension deadline was Monday, September 18th at 5pm Eastern. 

Interested in applying next year?  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @GreaterSumFound for news of future opportunities and check out our Nonprofit Pitch video on YouTube!


  • First Round application deadline:  September 14th.
  • Finalists notified: by October 1st
    • Finalists provided with instructions for creating their pitch deck & scheduling a virtual pitch.
  • Grants awarded: January 2018.


  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 $10-25k

·  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 2018, and provide an accounting of expenditures.

We’re in start-up mode ourselves, awarding our first round of grants and making our first introductions between nonprofits and SMEs, so grant recipients will need to:

  1. Help us determine a date and location for convening of 2018 grant recipients that works for everyone;
  2. Give us feedback about our process and how helpful you found our services;
  3. Let us know what additional resources are needed to help your venture succeed!

* 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 organization 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.