Questions and answers about what we do (and don’t) fund, what to expect from our application process and how to contact us.
How do I get invited to apply for funding?
Our invitation-only application process is designed to be as time efficient as possible for potential grantees. We research and build relationships with prospective grantees through our field-building, and our funder and grantee networks. This means that we only invite formal grant applications after gaining a comprehensive understanding of applicants’ proposals and organisations. If you are leading pioneering work that aligns with our guiding principles and vision and you would like to tell us about it, please complete our contact form – outlining your work in no more than 300 words. You will receive an acknowledgement that we have received your message. Whilst we cannot pursue every contact we receive, we may follow up further to arrange an introductory call.
How long does a grant application take to process?
The Partners for a New Economy Board meets four times a year to consider grant requests, so we invite a small number of applications throughout the year. Our executive team (Director and Programme Officer) work collaboratively with potential grantees, only inviting grant applications after we have gained a comprehensive understanding of the proposal and the organisation, through exploratory meetings, our own independent research and significant due diligence. We tell applicants the date of the board meeting when their application will be considered (usually between 1-3 months after a formal application has been submitted). Applicants are typically informed within 2 days of the Board’s funding decision.
Is there anything P4NE will not fund?
We do not provide support for:
- Tuition assistance or scholarships (schools/undergraduate or postgraduate studies)
- Election campaigns
- Research or activities aimed at an immediate commercial application or profit-making concern
- Any project/organisation that cannot demonstrate how it meets most or all of P4NE’s Guiding Principles
I am seeking emergency funding - can P4NE help me?
P4NE does not have a funding programme dedicated to Emergency Support or Relief. Unfortunately we are therefore unable to respond to Emergency Appeals.
What level of funding do you award?
Our overall grant making totals around USD 4,000,000 a year. Within this, we have previously made grants ranging from USD 65,000 to USD 1,300,000. The average grant awarded in 2022 was USD 300,000.
How can I contact P4NE to introduce my organisation?
We are always interested in learning more about the environment and new economy fields. If you feel your organisation and project is closely aligned with P4NE’s Guiding Principles we encourage you to fill out our contact form, outlining your work in no more than 300 words. You will receive an acknowledgement that we have received your message. Whilst we cannot pursue every contact we receive, we may follow up further to arrange an introductory call.
When can I expect to hear back from an unsolicited enquiry?
We acknowledge all the emails we receive but, unfortunately, we are not able to respond in detail to each one. We do, however, keep a record of contacts and emails received and may follow up in the future should a suitable opportunity arise.
What is P4NE’s approach to grant reporting and evaluation?
P4NE aims to make grant reporting processes as purposeful and straight-forward as possible. We ask for a narrative and financial report each year, with more informal contact, calls and email updates in between. We are always keen to hear from our grantees about new challenges, pieces of learning or good news. We periodically review our reporting processes to understand what is working well and what could be even better. We have close, collaborative relationships with grantees and meet regularly to stay up to date with their work.
I’m not looking for funding - I have a media enquiry: who should I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for general media enquiries.
I have heard about the New Economy Leaders Academy - how can I find out more?
P4NE funds the New Economy Leaders Academy – an online intergenerational leadership programme for professionals working in the new economy field, offering a powerful combination of leadership development, peer learning and mentoring over 10-months. More details can be found on the Academy’s webpage.