Apply for Funding

To apply for a grant or investment, please read this page and then fill out this form. Applications from the last round were due March 21, and are currently closed. We will update this page if and when they re-open.

We are inspired by Fast Grants and aim to arrive at decisions on most proposals within 14 days. For larger and more complex decisions that require more time, we’ll provide an update on what to expect by then. 

Express interest

If you’re excited by the prospect of working to safeguard humanity’s long-term future, we’d love to hear from you—even if you don’t yet have a well developed project proposal. You can submit an expression of interest here. We won’t respond to every submission, but we’ll keep you in mind as we start to fund and launch projects.

Recommend a grant or investment

We’d love to hear recommendations for good grants and socially beneficial investments. If you have a recommendation, please fill out this form. We won’t respond to every submission, but we’ll let you know if we’re thinking about moving forward with your idea!

Recommend a prize

We’d love to hear recommendations for good prizes, aimed at incentivizing outstanding contributions to securing humanity’s long-term future. If you have a recommendation, please fill out this form. We won’t respond to every submission, but we’ll let you know if we’re thinking about moving forward with your idea!

FAQ

What do you look for in an application?

The ideal application would:

  • Have a great team
  • Focus on a key problem facing the long-term future, such as the problems discussed on our Areas of Interest page and Project Ideas page
  • Have a sensible and specific plan for how to tackle that problem and achieve the desired impact
  • Have a plan for how the project could massively scale given additional funding 

In terms of writing the application, we recommend that you simply and clearly explain what you do and why it’s important; you don’t need more than that. Much of the advice from Y Combinator’s “How to Apply” page is helpful, but bear in mind differences: we can supply funding (not training) at this stage, and we’re aiming at impact rather than revenue.

Please make your application as sincere as possible, and think about how it relates to our Principles and Areas of Interest. Sometimes people seeking funding make up highly tenuous stories about how their work is related to funder objectives. That just wastes everyone’s time. Please tell us what you really think, not what you think we want to hear.

In order to distribute labor and keep ourselves focused, we don’t accept applications seeking less than $100,000. We recommend submitting such applications to EA Funds or the Survival and Flourishing Fund.

How long will it take to hear back?

We aim to arrive at decisions on most proposals within 14 days (though in more complex cases, we might need more time).

  • If your grant request is under $1 million, we understand it, we like it, and we don’t see potential for major downsides, it’ll probably get approved within a week. 
  • Sometimes, we won’t see an easy path to finding a strong fit, and you’ll get a quick negative decision. 
  • Sometimes we’re just missing a little bit of information, and we’ll need to have a call with you to see if there’s a fit. 
  • Larger grants and grants that affect whole communities require more attention, and will have a customized process. 

We try to avoid processes that take months and leave grantees unclear on when they’re going to reach a decision.

Do I need to be a longtermist/effective altruist in order to apply?

No! You don’t need to be a longtermist or effective altruist, or subscribe to any particular philosophical view, in order to apply. However, you should be aware that our interest in your project will be a direct function of its potential to positively impact the long-term future of humanity and sentient life. You should be excited about pursuing a goal (like reducing the risk of human extinction) that can do this, and your proposal should be transparent and sincere about how you plan to do so. 

We are part of the effective altruism community, but we’re focused on near-term improvements to the world, and don’t think our work has long-run impacts. Should we apply?

The Future Fund focuses on projects that plausibly impact the very long-term future. But we’re very in favor of what you’re doing! We encourage you to look into obtaining funding from sources such as EA Funds. The FTX Foundation funds efforts to address the short-term and long-term effects of climate change through FTX Climate, and efforts to address global poverty, animal suffering, and other pressing problems through FTX Community. Right now, FTX Climate and FTX Community aren’t accepting requests for funding. They may do so in the future, as we grow our team and build out our infrastructure.

Will I get feedback on my application?

We usually don’t provide feedback because we have a small team and face capacity constraints.

What does a “revise and resubmit” mean?

We might respond to your application with a “revise and resubmit” (R&R) verdict. This means we aren’t ready to fund your application as is, but might if you revise it. If you get an R&R, then when your new application is ready, you fill out a new form as if you’re submitting a new application.

I have some questions before I fill in my application.

Please ask the question publicly as a comment, here. We don’t have capacity right now to field non-public individual questions.

How much should I ask for?

We think you should try to balance two considerations:

  • We tend to find that people think too small, rather than think too big. We love to hear ambitious pitches!
  • We think it’s good for people founding new projects to hire slowly, and make sure they’ve got their culture and strategy right before they scale.

It can be helpful to provide budget ranges: a minimal, mainline, and maximally ambitious version.

Do you have a limit on how much funding you’ll provide to an application?
Do you invest in for-profit companies?
What’s the structure for socially beneficial for-profit investment?

We’d strongly prefer that you keep it simple by using a standard YC SAFE. More complicated structures may take longer to review and/or be held to higher standards.

Do you fund organizations outside of the United States?

Yes.

Is it okay to apply for funding for one project in a larger organization?
We’re an established organization. Are we eligible to apply?

Yes.

Do you have a policy on university overhead?

For colleges and universities, our policy is that indirect costs may not exceed 10% of the direct costs. On this front, Future Fund will mimic Open Philanthropy’s indirect costs policy.

We want to do research that’s critical of effective altruism, longtermism, or practical implications that have been drawn from these ideas.

Great! Please apply!