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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits to Advance Social Justice Worldwide

Creative Pioneers Fund (CPF)


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Funding Source
Moleskine Foundation
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Geographic Focus
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/14/23
Deadline: 06/26/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of €5000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for initiatives that lead to social change. Funding is intended for organizations that employ creative methods to advance social justice and inclusion in disadvantaged areas of the world. Priority is given to organizations that focus their work on disadvantaged and/or marginalized communities and that work primarily with youth aged 17-27.

The Creativity Pioneers Fund (CPF) is a microgranting program that catalyzes transformative social change by investing in, connecting, and supporting cultural and creative organizations that promote bold, innovative, and unconventional practices to build a more just, inclusive, and equitable world.

The Creativity Pioneers Fund is the result of a collective effort of partners and donors who believe in the transformative power of creativity and the need to take a new philanthropic approach to social change. Leveraging the creative ecosystem of partners and stakeholders, the Creativity Pioneers Fund aims to provide a variety of learning and development opportunities for all its recipients (beneficiaries and supporters).

The Creativity Pioneers Fund is a unique philanthropic fund that aims to provide economic resources, learning and development opportunities, and targeted network connections, to cultural and creative organizations operating in disadvantaged areas of the world with the goal of revealing the transformative power of creativity for social change. Through a trust-based, intersectional, highly inclusive approach, the Creativity Pioneers Fund supports organizations that create great value but elude traditional philanthropic tools. 

The Moleskine Foundation believes that organizations engaged on the front lines are best qualified to determine where to allocate the funds provided, so the grantee organization has decision-making autonomy over the use of resources. The application should report all costs incurred directly for planned activities and programs during the year-which may include, but are not limited to, the following items:

Expenses inherent to programming;

  • Personnel costs, whether newly hired or for paid work of existing staff, provided such costs are vital to the operation and programming of the organization;
  • Travel and subsistence costs, e.g., airfare and ground transfers, for meals and lodging, must be congruent with the policy on expenses adopted by the organization, if any;
  • Promotion costs, such as costs for marketing and distribution of related materials or advertising on media platforms, if any;
  • Evaluation costs, including the collection, storage and analysis of data and the production of evaluation reports, including overtime worked by staff or appointments given to external consultants;
  • Fees charged by professionals: payments made to organizations or individuals for professional services of a financial, legal or marketing nature;
  • Overhead expenses to support business growth and development to ensure longterm sustainability.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Organizations
- Support is granted only to non-profit organizations that are legally registered and operating in the countries in which they operate, with no limits on geographic origin.
- Organizations that place creativity at the center of their mission and programs, demonstrating how they strengthen the role creativity plays in the social transformation of their target communities.
- Priority is given to organizations focus their work on disadvantaged and/or marginalized communities and that work primarily with youth.

Organizations are not eligible to apply:
- If they have already received grants from the Creativity Pioneers Fund.
- If they represent political parties, religious organizations or engage in lobbying activities.
- If are not legally registered or are supported by a fiscal sponsor or sponsored project.

No funds will be provided to retroactively cover expenses incurred prior to receiving funding.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Q&A sessions on zoom have been scheduled to provide more information on the process in the following dates:

- May 4th 10:00 am CET, in French
- May 4th 4:00 pm CET, in English
- May 5th 10:00 am CET, in Italian
- May 5th 3:00 pm CET, in Spanish


Pre-Application Information
The call for 2023 is Now Open, and the deadline for submitting the Expression of Interest is 14 May 2023, 11:00 pm CET.

Timeline and deadlines:
- Opening Expression of Interest April 24th
- Closing of Expression of Interest May 14th
- Evaluation of applications May 15th – June 9th
- Notification of Expression of Interest outcome June 12th
- Opening Full Application June 12th
- Full Application Closing June 26th
- Proposal Evaluation June 27th – July 27th
- Notification of Proposal Outcome July/August
- Public announcement of outcomes September
- Completion of contracts and disbursement of funding December

Beneficiaries receive 100% of the financial contribution as the first payment upon completion of the contract.

Application Process:

Number of Grants
The Fund seeks to directly support 250 networked organizations around the world over the next three years.

Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
All financial contributions must be recorded as expenditures by November 2024.

Contact Information

Marina Mussapi, Strategy Implementation Manager, Moleskine Foundation, to discuss partnership opportunities.

Moleskine Foundation
Via Bergognone, 34
20144 Milan, Italy

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