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Fast Forward Accelerator

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Technology
Nonprofits to Participate in a Summer Training Program

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Grants of $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International technology nonprofits for general operating support and mentorship. Funding is intended to help tech nonprofits increase trajectory, find new capital, connect with donors and funders, and establish stronger ties with each other. The program is designed about the needs of tech nonprofts: capital, content, customer, cohort, and community.

The accelerator is a 13-week program where grantees meet in person in the San Francisco Bay Area (June 26 - 27, July 10 - 11, July 24 - 25, Aug 7 - 8, and Aug 21 - 22) and in New York City (Sep 9 - 10).

Selection criteria:
- Leadership: Tech nonprofits do everything that is hard in a tech startup AND in a nonprofit. To pull it off, the leaders must have steadfast vision and incredible gumption.
- Tech talent: The tech vision should be the driving force of the organization and not an auxiliary program. To successfully execute that vision, tech talent must be in a leadership role.
- Potential for Impact: The Fund is interested in both local and global impact. If successful, how many lives will be positively influenced?
- Scalability: Software scales incredibly well. The Fund supports organizations with a vision for change that is matched only by the potential for scale.
- Diversity: People solve problems in front of them. The Fund wants to empower people to solve the problems they see and experience.

The final event of the accelerator is Demo Day. It’s a celebration of the growth and progress the cohort has achieved throughout the summer. It’s also a valuable fundraising opportunity. Fast Forward curates three demo days, drawing an audience of 400+ foundation representatives, corporate social good program leaders, and tech philanthropists to unlock additional capital for the accelerator organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180072

Estimated Size of Grant:

If selected, accelerator teams receive a $25,000 general support grant, training, and access to over 100 mentors, as well as over 400 potential donors.

Term of Contract:

The program will span from July to October.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tech nonprofits may apply. Tech nonprofits look like typical tech startups—they build products using technology—and have selected a nonprofit structure because they are building for impact instead of profit.

For-profit corporations and startups are not eligible to apply to Fast Forward at this time.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications should be submitted by April 8, 2019.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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1012 Torney Avenue, Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94129

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.