The Onion Foundation’s Discovery grants are intended for small scale projects that align with the mission and values of the Foundation. The goal is to spark something new and independent from the day-to-day functions of an organization, and to give leaders a chance to try out an idea.

  • Discovery Grant asks can range from $500 to $2,500

  • Discovery Grants are one-time investments and are not designed to be re-granted for the same project in future years.

  • Decisions will be announced to applicants within three weeks of application. If awarded, grant funds will be sent within two weeks of approval.

  • Discovery Grant Projects must…

    • be a new project, not yet started AND/OR

    • respond to an unforeseen challenge or opportunity AND/OR

    • respond to a professional development opportunity or need

    • align with the Mission and values of the foundation

    • be small in scale

    • take place within the next 12 months

    • address a specific need

    • benefit community members

  • View previous grantees on our grants-awarded page.

  • View and/or Download the Discovery Grant Application Questions:

    Discovery Grant Application Question List - PDF

    Discovery Grant Application Question List - Microsoft Word

  • Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info.

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Steps To Apply:


Visit our Mission page to learn whether your organization or project aligns with the priorities of the Onion Foundation.


Take our short Eligibility Quiz to determine if your organization is a good match to apply for a grant.


Optional: If your organization is a good match, consider scheduling a call with Tyler Kidder, Program Officer, to discuss your application and proposal. New applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application and ideas with foundation staff before applying.


Hover over the Grants tab above for types of grants and cycle dates. Apply for a grant using our online portal.

Submission dates:

Discovery grants are always open and may be applied for at any time during the year. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Ready to apply?

To submit an application, go to our grant application site to set up an account. If you already have an account, you can simply login with your current credentials. If you have any questions about setting up an account, you can view this video tutorial.