Be a Philanthropist (BAP) began awarding $500 micro-grants in 2012, in partnership with the Peery Foundation. Since then, we have awarded over 250 grants, totaling more than $130,000.
Whether these grants have gone toward buying dozens of chicks to help feed orphans in Thailand, providing clean underwear for Syrian refugees, or purchasing musical instruments for a local Title I middle school, our participants have found that $500, matched with a great idea, can do a whole lot of good!
If you have an idea and want to get started serving your community, you can apply for a BAP grant to make your charitable idea a reality. We are looking for ideas that will meet the small-scale, specific, and currently unfulfilled needs of organizations and people in your community.
BAP grants are funded by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. The BAP program is run by a team of BYU graduate students participating in Grantwell, which is a program that gives graduate students the opportunity to apply non-profit management skills to real-world projects. Our Grantwell team allocates BAP grants according to grassroots philanthropic principles and reports to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation after each round of grants is awarded.
One person can make a difference, and every person should try.
~John F. Kennedy