Long Term Future Fund applications open until June 28th

by habryka 1 min read10th Jun 20199 comments

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The Long Term Future just reopened its applications. You can apply here:

Apply to the Long Term Future Fund

We will from now on have rolling applications, with a window of about 3-4 months between responses. The application window for the coming round will end on the 28th of June 2019. Any application received after that will receive a response around four months later during the next evaluation period (unless it indicates that it is urgent, though we are less likely to fund out-of-cycle applications).

We continue to be particularly interested in small teams and individuals that are trying to get projects off the ground, or that need less money than existing grant-making institutions are likely to give out (i.e. less than ~$100k, but more than $10k, since we can’t give grants below $10k). Here are some concrete examples:

  • To spend a few months (perhaps during the summer) to research an open problem in AI alignment or AI strategy and produce a few blog posts or videos on their ideas
  • To spend a few months building a web app with the potential to solve an operations bottleneck at x-risk organisations
  • To spend a few months up-skilling in a field to prepare for future work (e.g. microeconomics, functional programming, etc)
  • To spend a year testing an idea that has the potential to be built into an org

You are also likely to find reading the writeups of our past grant decisions valuable to help you decide whether your project is a good fit:

Apply Here

What kind of applications can we fund?

After last round, CEA clarified what kinds of grants we are likely able to make, which includes the vast majority of applications we have received in past rounds. In general you should err on the side of applying, since I think it is very likely we will be able to make something work. However, because of organizational overhead we are more likely to fund applications to registered charities and less likely to fund projects that require complicated arrangements to be compliant with charity law.

For grants to individuals, we can definitely fund the following types of grants:

  • Events/workshops
  • Scholarships
  • Self-study
  • Research project
  • Content creation
  • Product creation (eg: tool/resource that can be used by community)

We will likely not be able to make the following types of grants:

  • Grantees requesting funding for a list of possible projects
    • In this case, we would fund only a single project of the proposed ones. Feel free to apply with multiple projects, but we will have to reach out to confirm a specific project.
  • Self-development that is not directly related to community benefit
    • In order to make grants the public benefit needs to be greater than the private benefit to any individual. So we cannot make grants that focus on helping a single individual in a way that isn’t directly connected to public benefit.

If you have any questions about the application process or other questions related to the funds, feel free to submit them in the comments. You can also contact me directly under (ealongtermfuture@gmail.com).

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