Join our portfolios
We’re looking to fund the next changemakers, groundbreakers, social innovators and leading nonprofits which are positively impacting the lives of children and youth and protecting our planet.
Epic’s application process is invite-only. We identify nonprofits by connecting with key partners who are experts in the space, conducting our own research, and by encouraging organizations to register and make themselves known to us. We review every organization in our database at every selection round to see if they fit our criteria. If you are invited to apply, we will contact you. We try our best to make sure this process is the most respectful of your time.
How we select
Only the organizations who meet the following criteria will be considered for an invitation to apply to become a grantee:
- A registered nonprofit: Every selected organization will need to have the appropriate accreditation or needed registration to operate as a non-governmental, charitable or non-profit organization in their respective country. (For example, in the UK, organizations must be registered with the Charity Commission, in the US be a tax exempt 501(c)3, in France be recognized as of general interest.)
- Organizational income: potential organizations should have overall operating budgets between $500K and $10M.
- Geography: Epic only supports organizations in 9 countries (India, Cambodia, Vietnam, United States, Kenya, Uganda, United Kingdom, France, Belgium)
- Fit Epic’s thematic priorities: for the children and youth portfolio: support children and youth between 0 and 29 years old through education, economic empowerment, health or/and rights and protection initiatives. For the environment portfolio: TBD Please note that every year, Epic might decide to focus on some specific areas, which we will update here. These areas have not yet been determined for 2022.
- Impact focused: organizations must be able to demonstrate the implementation of evidence-based programming or interventions. They should have a tested theory of change, ideally with proof of their ability to achieve outcome-level changes for children, youth and the planet, or the systems and frameworks affecting them.
- Systems change: we pay specific attention to organizations working towards systems change. Our definition of systems change is broad and includes: advocacy, campaigning, systems strengthening, behavior or attitudinal change, or work that is informed by systems-thinking.
Your journey as a grantee
Epic provides unrestricted funding to all of our grantee partners, alongside access to a global community of leading organizations.
Epic commits to a minimum of three years financial support, renewable on a two year rolling basis.
Organizations selected will receive two granting rounds per year.
Portfolio organizations join a global community of impressive nonprofit organizations, able to exchange, support and collaborate with each other on shared challenges and priorities
Epic commits to raising a minimum of $100K USD per annum for each of each of our grantee organizations. This amount is often exceeded.
Epic’s high level of unrestricted funding has provided a level of security and sustainability to enable [us] to try new things and grow as an organization.
EPIC ORGANIZATION LEADER – SOURCE: ANONYMOUS 2021 IMPACT STUDY