Get funding to help your big idea grow with the World's Shortest Grant Application
So Delicious wants to help you make a difference with awards of $30,000 in micro-grants, and your application only has to be 140 characters long.
Last year, So Delicious Dairy Free rolled out a campaign for Earth Day that funded great projects with micro-grants, to the tune of $15,000, and this year, the vegan food company is upping the stakes by offering a total of $30,000 in funding to worthy projects. And the application process is ridiculously simply, because all it takes to apply is sharing a 140 character update on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The full official rules (PDF) are a bit more verbose, but here's the gist of the World's Shortest Grant Application:
"Introducing the World’s Shortest Grant Application! To enter, simply tweet or post your 140 character idea for a project that will make the world a better place to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to include #140Difference! Between April 22-May 12, we’ll award up to $30,000 in grants of various amounts to help simple, brilliant ideas come to life!"
"We believe small ideas can have a big impact. In 140 characters or less – the length of a Tweet – we want our fans to share their creative ideas to help improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment." - Brittany Horn, advocacy marketing manager for So Delicious Dairy Free
The applications should be ideas that can help the environment, animal welfare, or plant-based eating, and should include the hashtag #140Difference and tag So Delicious (@So_Delicious) in the post. Each day from April 22 to May 12, the company will select a winner to receive a micro-grant of funding ranging from $140 to $3,500 to help underwrite the cost of the suggested project, with the larger grants being awarded at the end of the week.
The company makes a number of beverages, creamers, desserts, and cultured food products in a wide range of flavors, using ingredients such as coconuts, cashews, almonds, and soybeans, all made with care from high quality ingredients, and a commitment to transparency in labeling. As a long-time vegan, I'm a fan of the company's products, and the line of dairy-free and gluten-free treats from So Delicious are (wait for it) so delicious that even if you're not dairy-free, you'll probably be hooked after a single bite. We've served some of the company's "ice cream" to unsuspecting friends who probably wouldn't choose to eat vegan treats on their own, and the only responses to it we've ever gotten are something along the lines of "Yum! Can I have more?"
So Delicious has been making dairy-free foods for some 25 years, and is committed to socially responsible and ethical business principles, with sustainability in mind at every step. The company has an ethical sourcing policy and aims to buy Fair Trade and organic ingredients for its products, and has its full sustainability report (PDF) available online, which details its initiatives in water conservation and efficiency, energy conservation, reducing its carbon footprint, and waste diversion.
Find out more about what So Delicious has to offer at the company website.