Hi @Hogü-456, thanks for your question. I’m Chris Schilling, a program officer managing the Rapid Grants program. While I acknowledge there are needs for events and projects that are less than $500 USD, there are two reasons this minimum has been implemented:
- In the past, when there was no minimum for the program, requests for less than $500 USD generally came from developed communities where there is better infrastructure, access to resources, and opportunity for partnerships to support these proposals. Strategically, we want to prioritize Rapid Grants for emerging communities where the environment for project planning and event organizing is more challenging, and access to these kinds of resources is limited.
- There are limitations on our own staffing on the Community Resources and Finances team to review and process Rapid Grants, and removing this minimum would increase the number of proposals we receive each month. Requests that are less than $500 still require review from a program officer like myself and processing from grant administrators who develop a grant agreement and figure out the logistics of sending funding to individual and organizational grantees. I am open to revisiting this minimum when we have appropriate staffing to review a higher load of proposals each month than we are currently able.
@Papuass - Regarding the cost of sending funds, while there are costs associated with this, it’s not very substantial and wasn’t a factor for implementing this minimum.