Introduction

This fund has been set up by the Emergence Foundation following a period of strategic review of the Foundation’s activities. In developing the fund, the views of a range of stakeholders have been particularly important and carefully considered.

The Foundation anticipates distributing relatively small grants to individuals and organisations of £1,000 up to £25,000 between 2018 and 2022.

Funding aims

The Emergence Foundation wants to support projects that improve the quality of life of individuals, enhance communities and benefit the environment: projects which affect a shift in consciousness and perspective based on the fundamental unity of all life, providing a force of positive change in the world.

Applicants will need to explain how their project fits with these aims.

Desired outcomes

The Emergence Foundation wishes this fund to:

  1. Enhance beneficiaries’ inner enrichment, sense of meaning and purpose in life: catalysing conscious moral and spiritual development through a heartfelt connection to ‘other(s)’, nature, life, and a motivation to contribute positively to the future
  2. Create/inspire in beneficiaries the qualities of courage, inner strength, and a commitment to improving the lives of others
  3. Enable beneficiaries to discover a more holistic, integrated relationship to life; to collaborate with others in order to counter the fragmentation, alienation and partisan attitudes that are currently so prevalent
  4. Address the current moral, spiritual, cultural, and /or environmental crises that endanger humanity and all of life, by developing practical, measurable, holistic solutions

Applicants will need to identify and demonstrate/provide evidence of how their project delivers at least one of the above outcomes.

Number of rounds

There will be a Pilot round followed by a further 6 rounds (2 rounds per year) between 2018 and 2022.

Criteria for grants

Full details of eligibility and the other important criteria for applications are set out in the documents available in Information for Applicants.

Process

Emergence Foundation has established a 2-stage process for considering applications for funding. Firstly, the submission of an Expression of Interest Form is required. Then, if your submission is eligible, you will be invited to submit a Full Application for the current round. Please note there is a deadline for Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) and a later deadline for the receipt of Full Applications. More information on the details of this process is set out in Information for Applicants.

Grant Application Limit

The amounts of funding you can apply for each year are set out below:

Minimum grantMaximum grant
Individuals£1,000 / pa£10,000 / pa
Organisations / start-ups£5,000 / pa£25,000 / pa

You can apply for projects that last for longer than 12 months and the maximum grant limits can be increased pro rata for the additional months/years.

Deadlines

Round 2
OpenEnd of February 2019
Expressions of Interesttbc
Full Applicationstbc
Round 3
OpenAugust/September 2019
Expressions of Interesttbc
Full Applicationstbc

Future dates (incl. round 4, 5 and 6 which will run between 2020 and 2022 ) are still being finalised. Please check this page again nearer the time. Further details about Round 2 will be posted early 2019.

Criteria and guidance

We have provided detailed information on the criteria and supporting information on the Information for Applicants page.

Application forms are available here.