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.


Lacuna Fund: Machine Learning Datasets for Agriculture

Deadline: September 3, 2021

The Lacuna Fund seeks Expressions of Interest (EOI) from organizations who are interested in responding to a call for proposals to unlock, create, aggregate, and/or improve labeled datasets that will be essential to train and improve machine learning (ML) models needed for sustainable transformation of the agri-food systems in sub-Saharan Africa.


William T. Grant Foundation Institutional Challenge Grant

Deadline: September 14, 2021

The Institutional Challenge Grant encourages research institutions to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. Applications are welcome from partnerships in youth-serving areas such as education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, and workforce development. Funding: Up to $650K (over 3 years).

University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center: Primal Research Awards

Deadline: September 26, 2021

The goal is to promote new empirical research exploring how primal world beliefs (‘primals’) are formed, maintained, change, or influence nontrivial outcomes or psychological processes. Priority will be given to investigators proposing to examine primals from any of the following disciplinary perspectives: Clinical Psychology, Positive Psychology, Health Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Political Psychology, Personality Psychology, Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology. Funding amount: $125K – $250K (over 24 months).


Amazon Research Awards

Deadline: 10/8/2021

Unrestricted, average grants between $20K – $80K. Awards are structured as unrestricted gifts to the principal investigator’s academic institution or organization and as such, Amazon retains no intellectual property rights to the resulting work. Recipients are encouraged to publish outcomes and commit related code to open-source repositories. There are currently eight priority funding areas listed on their Call for Proposals page: AI for Information Security; Amazon Device Security and Privacy; Amazon Payments; AWS AI; AWS Automated Reasoning; Data for Social Sustainability; Prime Video – Automating Quality Analysis & Delivery; and Robotics.


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

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

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.


Amazon Web Services: Diagnostic Development Initiative

Deadline: December 31, 2021, with priority consideration given to applications received before July 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.


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-Richard Foundation
Domestic Policy
International Security & Foreign Policy

Deadline: Rolling Applications Accepted

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.