Grantee Selection Process

In Our Grantmaking, We Seek:


We seek to make grants to organizations in the US and UK whose work is strongly aligned with our mission, values, and Strategic Priorities under our current Strategic Plan.


We welcome and seek innovation and creativity. We are comfortable being an early or first funder when there is a clear sense of promise or a unique opportunity to explore and support new ideas.


Our approach is built on evidence. We often fund research to gain new insights, to test our assumptions, and to explore emerging areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit a proposal?
Due to our limited staff capacity to review proposals, grant proposals are by invitation only. However, see below for an opportunity to share a brief description of your work with us, if we have not yet met, and we will share the information with program staff. They will try to respond within two weeks.

How do we identify our grantee partners?
We work in close consultation with our grantee and funding partners and other experts to learn about new organizations filling critical gaps. Staff work in multiple networks and collaborate with a range of funders. We are a highly collaborative funder and we see hundreds of grant applications made to other funders each year and undertake regular field research. We are frequently in conversation with organizations working across our fields, at conferences and other meetings, and we look forward to learning about your work.

Where does Unbound fund?
Unbound Philanthropy makes grants in two geographic regions, the United States and the United Kingdom.

What does Unbound not fund?
Unbound does not generally fund the following:

  • Organizations based in regions other than the US or UK
  • Production of films
  • Endowments, buildings, or fundraising drives
  • Educational scholarships

Does Unbound fund direct services?
We are not primarily a funder of direct services. However, many of our grantees do provide direct services that work in tandem with their advocacy, impact litigation, and strategic communications. During this time of COVID, in particular, many of our grantees are responding to the immediate needs of their constituencies through direct services and mutual aid activities.

Unfortunately due to our limited resources, we are unable to fund many incredible organizations who advance our strategic priorities.

If we have not previously met, and you are interested in sharing a brief description of your work, please fill out our questionnaire here.