Funding Opportunities from Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy

Matrix is pleased to partner with the UC Berkeley Office of Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy in sharing resources to assist researchers in their corporate and foundation giving. Visit the FRCP’s website for an up-to-date list of current funding opportunities. You can also join FRCP’s mailing list to receive monthly communications with new funding opportunities.


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Ford Foundation Fellowships

Deadline: 12/9/2021

Through its fellowships program, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Funding: up to $50K.


Ploughshares Fund: Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Deadline: 12/15/2021

The fund invites applications focused on building a safe, secure, nuclear weapons-free world by promoting the reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons, preventing the emergence of new nuclear states, and advancing regional peace. Funding up to $25k.


Amazon Web Services: Diagnostic Development Initiative

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Through the initiative, AWS will award $20 million over two years in support of research and innovation that accelerates the understanding and detection of COVID-19 and helps mitigate current and future infectious disease outbreaks. To that end, AWS is offering AWS Promotional Credits and technical expertise to support the use of AWS services for projects by selected institutions and companies in four program areas: early disease detection, diagnostics, prognosis, and public health genomics. Application Procedure: Applications accepted online. Budget: AWS credits.


Kresge Foundation: Racial Justice Grantmaking

Deadline: Rolling Applications

Their Racial Justice Grantmaking program will provide general operating support to local organizations working to address racial inequities in their respective communities; including efforts to advance change led by residents of color, strengthen local economies, support small businesses owned by people of color, and better coordinate community systems so as to facilitate lasting, large-scale community transformation. Funding will be prioritized for organizations operating in Fresno, CA.


Rosenberg Foundation: LOI Submissions

Deadline: Rolling Applications

The Rosenberg Foundation currently makes grants in four priority areas – Leading Edge Fund, Justice and Public Safety, Immigrant Rights and Immigrant Workers’ Rights, and Civil Rights and Civic Participation. The foundation works closely with social justice advocates, policy makers and other thought leaders throughout the state to identify the strategies that will best help us achieve positive impact in California within each program. As such, most of our grantee partners are identified and contacted by foundation staff first. In addition, we frequently invest in emerging initiatives and organizations, and are committed to long-term relationships with our grant partners. Application Procedure: Letter of Inquiries accepted by email to Grants Manager, Linda Moll. Budget: Grants are typically in the $10K-$50K range.


Impact Fund: Social, Environmental and Economic justice programs

Deadline: Rolling Applications

The Impact Fund awards recoverable grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. Funding amount: $10K-$50K


The Knight Foundation: Research on the Future Internet

Deadline: Rolling Applications

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks to support fundamental research that addresses issues of rules, norms and governance of the internet and digital platforms. Recent research, policy debates and public controversies have highlighted the absence of uniform consensus on the norms, rights and responsibilities that should govern digital services, in particular social media. We wish to fund scholarly inquiry and novel approaches that will strengthen our democracy as the digital age progresses.


Internet Society Foundation: Future & Sustainability of the Internet

Deadline: Rolling Applications

Through the program grants are available for research focused in one of two categories: (1) Greening the Internet and (2) the Internet Economy.


Arnold Ventures: Moving the Needle” Initiative

Deadline: Rolling Applications

This initiative seeks to demonstrate the power of evidence-based programs to “Move the Needle” on major U.S. social problems. No amount limitations.


Omidyar Network: Economic Response Advocacy Fund

Deadline: Rolling Applications

The Omidyar Network welcomes applications to the Economic Response Advocacy Fund. This grant will infuse 501(c)(4) funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping economic structures to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future.

Rolling applications    No amount limitations


Unchartered: Economic Inequality Initiative

Deadline: None

Unchartered is dedicated to elevating solutions that increase wealth in the near term while building towards addressing the root causes themselves. In support of this mission, they are launching the Economic Inequality initiative to support eight early-stage social entrepreneurs, movement builders, and nonprofit innovators who are tackling wealth inequality in the U.S. Applications accepted via website. Budget: up to $25K.


Jack Dorsey’s Public Fund
Start Small

In April 2020, Jack Dorsey pledged 19.8 million shares of Square to Start Small for charitable contributions for COVID-19. The primary goal of the fund currently is to fund global COVID-19 relief. After the pandemic, the fund will shift to girl’s health and education, as well as UBI. 

  • Budget: No limitations
  • Application Procedure: Funding requests can be submitted via the Start Small website. 


Smith-Richardson Foundation
Domestic Policy
International Security & Foreign Policy

Deadline: Rolling Applications

The mission of the Smith Richardson Foundation is to contribute to important public debates and to address serious public policy challenges facing the United States. The Foundation seeks to help ensure the vitality of our social, economic, and governmental institutions. It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance U.S. interests and values abroad.

  • Budget: No limitations
  • Application Procedure: The Foundation has a two-stage application process. Initial inquiries should be submitted by mail in the form of the concept paper. Interested applicants may contact Sylvia Bierhuis for pre-application counseling.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action

Deadline: Rolling Applications

E4A awards grants to encourage and support innovative, rigorous research on the impact of programs, policies, and practices on health and well-being, with a particular focus on research that will help advance health and racial equity. Racial equity refers to the conditions in which race or ethnicity no longer predicts a person’s ability to live a healthy life. Letters of intent are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Sylvia Bierhuis ( or David Siegfried (


Public Welfare Foundation: Adult Criminal Justice Program

Deadline: Rolling applications

The program aims to create a more equitable and humane justice system. Current funding priorities include multi-pronged approaches to eliminate the use of solitary confinement, including supporting a national campaign that provides resources to state and local coalitions. No amount limitations.


Charles Koch Foundation: Trade Policy Research

Deadline: Rolling

The foundation invites proposals for research and related projects aimed at bridging the gap between theory and practice and contributing to contemporary debates around important trade-policy issues. Areas of priority include: National Industrial Policy, Getting Our Approach to Trade with China Right, and Free Trade and Flourishing.