We are officially accepting applications for the Spring 2022 funding cycle 🎉
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This spring, Stardust Startups is
awarding $4,000 USD in microgrants to 2 innovative impact entrepreneurs making positive impact in the areas of either water or climate change (or both).
• Why have a specific call for proposals?
Stardust Startups is a Donor-Advised organization. Though the majority of our donors instruct us to use their contributions as "unrestricted" funds, some request specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be the focus of their gifts.
Based on advice from donors, this funding cycle's microgrant awards will go to early-stage impact startups focused on "Clean Water and Sanitation" (SDG #6) and/or "Climate Action" (SDG #13).
To date, we have not funded projects that directly address water issues and are excited to expand into this new area!
• Why are these 2 focus areas so important?
Water quantity, water quality, and climate change intersect in interesting ways. Water is used not only for human consumption; it is critically tied to ecosystem health as well as economic well-being.
Facing challenges like:
- the availability and accessibility of clean surface water and groundwater,
- sea level rise,
- extreme weather events and
- rising temperatures,
we need out-of-the-box thinking and the agility and flexibility of emerging impact entrepreneurs!
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• , do you have a project in one or both of these areas?
We can help you sidestep bureaucracy and conventional approaches. People like you, on the front lines of innovation and action, can and should be supported by a microgrant!
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What's going on @ Stardust...
➫ Thank you! 💛 Our holiday fundraising campaign was a huge success! Proceeds will go to the new Spring projects (mentioned above). By the way, you can still donate here until the end of
➫ We're starting off the new year with two new additions to the team! They are both are (and were) students at McGill University.
Funding & Outreach
Studying: International Development & Geography
Studied: Economics & English Literature
We are looking forward to having them join the team and take part in all our new projects lined up for 2022!
➫ Laura Jean Palmer-Moloney, our co-creator and Managing Director, has been nominated for an AARP Purpose Prize award! If she wins, Stardust could get $50,000.
"The AARP® Purpose Prize® award supports AARP's mission by honoring extraordinary people ages 50 and older who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all."
Until next month!
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