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Effective Altruism Community Building Grants is a programme run by the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), providing grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to individuals and groups doing local effective altruism community building in certain locations.

CEA will contact all groups that are eligible for CBG funding. Groups outside of these locations are eligible for organiser funding through the EA Infrastructure Fund. All groups are eligible for basic groups support from CEA, including advising calls and Group Support Funding to pay for group running expenses.

Eligible Groups

City/National groups

As of May 2021, the locations eligible for the CBG programme are:

  • Australia (national)
  • Berlin, Germany (city)
  • Boston, USA (city)
  • Canada (national)
  • Czech Republic (national) (currently on a CBG)
  • France (national) (currently on a CBG)
  • Germany (national) (currently on a CBG)
  • India (national)
  • London, UK (currently on a CBG)
  • Netherlands (national) (currently on a CBG)
  • New York City, USA (currently on a CBG)
  • Norway (national) (currently on a CBG)
  • Oxford, UK (city)
  • San Francisco Bay area, USA (city)
  • Sweden (national) (currently on a CBG)
  • Switzerland (national)
  • Washington DC, USA (city) (currently on a CBG)

We’ve selected these locations either because they have a large EA community, or because they are especially high priority in terms of growing EA presence globally. CEA will work with local groups to run open hiring rounds when these locations don’t already have a CBG-funded organiser.

Individuals interested in community building in the cities and countries above can express interest before the hiring round using the CBG expression of interest form. If the individual is in a time-sensitive situation, we may be able to accommodate an early application.

University groups
As of May 2021, the universities eligible for the CBG programme are:

  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
  • Columbia University, USA
  • Georgetown University, USA
  • Harvard University, USA (currently on a CBG)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Oxford University, UK (currently on a CBG)
  • Princeton University, USA
  • Stanford University, USA (currently on a CBG)
  • Swarthmore College, USA
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Cambridge, UK (currently on a CBG)
  • University of Chicago, USA
  • University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Yale University

University groups are selected primarily based on the university’s track record of having highly influential graduates (e.g. Nobel prize winners, politicians, major philanthropists). We also place some weight on university rankings, universities in regions with rapidly-growing global influence, the group’s track record, and leader quality.

We expect to see two types of university group application, which we will assess at different times:

  • CBG applications for summer work (e.g. to spend time planning for the next academic year) or for individuals that have graduated, or will have graduated by next academic year, will be assessed on a rolling basis based on applicant timelines
  • CBG applications for part-time work alongside studies will be assessed before the start of the academic year.

In all cases, if you are interested in applying for CBG funding for one of the above universities, you can submit an expression of interest.

If you are unsure whether your group is eligible for CBG funding, contact CEA’s Groups team at

Learn More

Read more about EA Community Building Grants in our most recent EA Forum post (May 2021).

If you have questions about EA Community Building Grants, please contact

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