Financing Intentional Communities by Grants

We understand that financing intentional communities by grants can feel daunting for founders. We hope our free grants lists and experienced consultants can help. Unless otherwise noted, the lists on this page contain grants that individuals or groups can apply to without having non-profit status.

Partners for Financing Intentional Communities by Grants

Non-profit fiscal sponsors: These can act as important partners in grant-funding. You might find a local certified non-profit willing to receive a portion of funding as the administrator of your grant funds. If not, this link can point you to organizations that are ready to provide this service for aligned projects. The umbrella organization will expect some remuneration for the paperwork involved. Open Collective Foundation, for example, requires 5% of a grant but offers several additional services.

Partnership Grants: Team up with a certified religious institution, school, or local municipality to act as an umbrella organization under which you can apply for additional grants. The umbrella organization will expect to receive some of the funding for administrative costs.

Publicly-funded support: Adding residential slots for vulnerable populations could add more than just grant eligibility to your community. Ideas for service offerings eligible for grant funding can be found in the descriptions of intentional communities that provide care and a social safety net.

Grant writers: Our grant writing consultants may be able to help you identify grants you are eligible for and fine tune your applications.

Lists of Grants for Project Initiation and Operational Costs

Some foundations don’t send out requests for proposals. Instead, you can write a brief letter of inquiry to ask if they are open to a proposal. If you find one that seems promising but you don’t feel up to the task, our listed grant writers may be able to help.

Organizations with non-profit (NP) status are eligible for a greater number of grants. Where the lists note grant availability for “individuals,” this could include IC founders’ groups or businesses. The “individuals” designation is meant to indicate you don’t need to have non-profit status or be a government entity.

We’ve tried to not list the same grants in more than one list, so that grants that are local to a state or province will not also be found in the national grants. Likewise, if you are looking for affordable housing grants specifically for refugees, the grants for general affordable housing will not be included in that list.

Affordable Housing

Ecological Sustainability and Food Security

Potentially Vulnerable Populations

Ethnic Minority Populations

Arts & Culture

General Grants

Further Reading

Hoeschele, W. (2018). The economics of abundance: A political economy of freedom, equity, and sustainability.

Horowitz, B. (2021). How to co-purchase and thrive on a land share.

Phil. (2020). Co-buying property with friends: Learning to love the process.

See also our page on other financing options.