The EA Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) offers targeted grants to amplify projects based on effective altruism principles, enhancing their access to talent, capital, and knowledge. They are currently fundraising for the next 6 months' grant distribution. This article provides insight into how EAIF prioritizes projects to fund. I describe hypothetical grants that EAIF might fund based on how much they raise.
For donors who believe that the current marginal EAIF grants are better than marginal funding of all other organizations, please consider donating to EAIF! This is an especially good time to donate, as donations are matched 2:1 by Open Philanthropy (OP donates $2 for every $1 you donate).
This article follows a similar post about funding priorities at the Long-Term Future Fund (LTFF), and similar methodologies and caveats apply here.
Again, please see the notes on my other post on LTFF for more explanations, methodology, and other caveats.
EAIF’s primary aim in awarding grants is to improve the capacity of people and projects that follow the principles of effective altruism. Grantmakers try to evaluate each grant according to their subjective worldviews and their sense of whether spending $X on the grant is a sufficiently good use of limited resources given that they only have $Y total to spend on EA goals.
In the tiers below, I illustrate the types of projects (and corresponding grant costs in brackets) that EAIF would potentially finance conditional upon EAIF raising that much money over the next six months. For each tier, I list only projects that EAIF likely wouldn't finance if their fundraising only met the preceding tier's total. For example, if EAIF raised $1.2 million, they would likely fund everything in the $100,000 and $1M tiers, but only a small subset (up to $200,000) of projects in the $5M tier, and nothing in the $10M tier.
To put it differently, as funding for EAIF increases, the threshold for applications they would consider funding decreases, as there is more funding to go around.
The grants below are fictional grants created from blending real grants and adding some noise to anonymize further. For example, if EAIF gave grants to EA Oregon and EA Oklahoma, I might anonymize by modifying the dollar amounts and say the grant was to “EA British Columbia”, on the grounds that British Columbia has a similar population and GDP to Oregon and Oklahoma. Of course, this does not necessarily mean EAIF (or I) endorse or fund work done specifically by EA British Columbia. See my corresponding post on LTFF for more methodological details.
These are some fictional projects that EAIF might fund if they had roughly $100,000 of funding over the next 6 months.
Below are some hypothetical projects EAIF might additionally fund if they had roughly $1M of funding over the next 6 months (roughly 1/5 - 1/6 of their past spending rate). This is roughly how much money they’ll have if only we only count their current reserves and explicit promises of additional funding.
Should EAIF secure roughly $5M in funding for the next six months, corresponding to their current funding target, they might additionally fund the following hypothetical grants:
In the unlikely event that EAIF secures roughly $10M of funding for the next 6 months, they might additionally fund the following hypothetical grants.
Note: EAIF may opt to save funds or redirect them to more impactful projects if it raises substantially more than expected.
If you’ve read this far, please don’t hesitate to comment if you have additional questions, clarifications, or feedback!
EAIF currently has approximately $1.5 million in funding committed or in reserve. So if you think grants above the $1M tier are valuable, you should consider donating to EAIF!
The idea for this post came from Caleb Parikh. Thanks for feedback from Caleb, Tom Barnes, and Peter Wildeford.
The EA Infrastructure Fund is part of EA Funds, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Effective Ventures Foundation (UK) (“EV UK”) and Effective Ventures Foundation USA Inc. (“EV US”). Donations to LTFF and EAIF are donations to EV US or EV UK. Please see important state disclosures here.
See this appendix in the LTFF payout report for how we set grant and stipend amounts.
Any reference to proper nouns, including country and regional names, should be assumed to be fictional.