Our Grants/Your Proposal

What We Fund

Experienced, dedicated social entrepreneurs with a developed idea for a non-profit organization based in the United States are invited to apply for the Draper Richards Kaplan grant.

We fund:

  • Organizations by providing unrestricted dollars.
  • Organizations at the beginning of their development. On average, organizations are 0-3 years old and the entrepreneur is prepared to execute an ambitious plan. Often there is a pilot operating, but not in all cases.
  • Organizations based in the United States only.
  • Organizations that are national or global in reach and social issue.


We do not fund:

  • Local community-based organizations
  • Research
  • Scholarships
  • Think tanks
  • Conferences or one-time events
  • Organizations planning to influence policy through lobbying
  • Programs promoting religious doctrine


Some common reasons organizations are not considered eligible for funding:

  • Organization is no longer at the early stages of its development.
  • Organization is local, rather than national or international, in scope. A local organization is one that focuses on a defined region or location and does not plan to expand its reach or service area.
  • Organization is a program of a larger organization, rather than a stand-alone entity.
  • Organization does not plan to be a 501c3.
  • Organization is not located in the United States.
  • Entrepreneur does not choose to make the organization a full-time commitment.
  • Idea is not unique or is a replication of a program that already exists.
  • Idea is unfocused. The organization is trying to solve too many problems or is using too many models and programs to achieve its goals.
  • Idea and/or implementation strategy lacks clarity. The plan is not comprehensive or is hard to understand.
  • Scaling plan is not viable. The revenue model or the operational model is not sustainable.
  • Idea will not create systemic social change. The solution presented does not address root causes or deliver enduring benefits.
  • There is not a plan to measure outcomes.
  • Model does not have large-scale impact.


We do not accept resubmissions.