Offering grants to non-profit groups to help them use academic research to bolster their work
What is this program?
- The program offers grants to not-for-profit advocacy and front-line organizations tackling problems and negative impacts generated by global industrial animal agriculture, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
- The purpose of the program is to incentivize organizations to actually make use of academic research and experts to support their work and help them find practical solutions to problems.
- Academics play a vital role in this program in that the grants are provided only to those organizations which are interested in using materials, findings, and skills from the academic sector to help them with their work, in particular to assist with the following:
- Produce new research that is of practical use to the organizations
- Turn or incorporate information and insights generated by academics into campaigns
- Evaluate the effectiveness of their programs and strategies
- Build capacity of advocacy groups in low- and middle-income countries
- Organizations eligible to apply for and receive FAI grants need not be located in the U.S., but they must be registered charities in their own countries and are comparable to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations.
- Applicants can request grants US$2,000 – 20,000 to be used within nine months.
- Some examples of the purpose for which the grants can be used:
- A group in a middle-income country can use the grant to arrange and host regular meetings with academic experts in the local area.
- A group in the U.K. can use the grant for translating Chinese academic papers that provide essential information for a project about China into English.
- The grant can be used to defray the cost of adding an academic specialist to the team.
- An organization can use the grant to pay a staff member to spend one day a week on matters that focus on academic research.
- The grant can be used to engage a team of independent “third party” academic experts to review and evaluate the effectiveness of a campaign.
Why this program and approach?
- Tiny Beam Fund is very concerned that front-line organizations’ current lack of knowledge and understanding in the issue’s complexities seriously hampers their efforts to stem the rising tide of industrial animal agriculture in developing countries. It believes that relevant, high-quality, practical academic research and the assistance of academic experts is a useful tool that can help them acquire the deep understanding needed to develop and implement practical interventions, to add value, quality, and power to their work.
- It is not enough to simply urge front-line persons and organizations to use academic research. To “put one’s money where one’s mouth is”, Tiny Beam Fund launches this program to offer grants directly to them to help them do so.
- The program also provides more opportunities for Tiny Beam Fund to learn about the needs of the organizations in addition to collecting their pressing questions via the Burning Questions Initiative, and to explore with them jointly the best way to “deploy” academic research to solve problems.