Call for Proposals | Kosmos 2017 Seed Grants “The New Activism”

Dear Applicant,

Kosmos is pleased to announce the third year of the Kosmos Seed Grant initiative. Seed Grants of $2,500 will be awarded in Spring 2017 to individuals or organizations working to advance social change using new and experimental approaches to break through cultural barriers.

Guidelines for applicants are as follows:

  • All Members of Kosmos Community are eligible to apply. Not sure if you are a member? .
  • Individuals must apply through an accredited US non-profit. Any (501-C-3) non-profit organization, registered in the US, working anywhere in the world toward social change may apply.
  • Projects should have a stated duration, with clear objectives and expected outcomes.
  • Applicants should describe a clear and direct use of the funds and the impact it will have (i.e., not in funding general operations or overhead costs)

In the spirit of Kosmos Journal’s first printing, funded by a $2,500 grant from the Lifebridge Foundation, we offer these grants to catalyze the efforts of people working at the edge of transformation, aligned with our stated mission: “to inform, inspire and engage individual and collective participation in local and global transformation in harmony with all Life.”

Our 2017 theme, ‘The New Activism’ is intended to encourage innovative and experimental approaches in activism . We define activism as ‘the policy or action of using vigorous methods to bring about political or social change.‘ New forms of activism may include art activism, subtle activism, youth activism, e-activism, alternative communities and collectives, and much more.

Specifically we are interested in how you will use activism to help break down cultural divides and dispel stereotypes. How will diverse voices and perspectives be represented in your initiative? How will you bring people together to ignite positive change?

Proposals will be in the form of brief essays. The most compelling proposals will be those that set forth a sound plan with a strong potential for success. The deadline for submission is February 15th, 2017 and awards will be announced in early April.


Maximum essay length: 750 words

All Kosmos Community Members are eligible. Please and access this form. If special circumstances make it impossible for you to join Kosmos ($12 / year), please contact us and we will make sure you are able to participate.