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140 Difference – Announcing our Week 1 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our first round of 140 Difference #WordsShortestGrant winners! We received more than 600 amazing tweet-length ideas for making the world a better place between April 21 – May 1. So far, we’ve awarded $20,680 in grants to 30 individuals, non-profits, and small businesses.

We’re so excited that this week’s grants will, among other things: 1) Create an oasis in an urban food desert; 2) Help a startup farm animal sanctuary apply for 501(c)3 tax exemption; 3) Provide support and education for breastfeeding moms of dairy-intolerant infants; 4) Help to train the next generation of conservationists and environmental activists. Learn more about all of our winning ideas below!

It’s not too late to submit your ideas! We still have almost $79,320 in funding available to support innovative projects in the areas of environmental sustainability, animal welfare, plant-based food, or food allergies. Simply tweet your plan to @so_delicious with #WorldsShortestGrant before May 31 for your chance to win.

Learn more here:

Without further ado, here are our week 1 winners:

New Jersey Tree Foundation

$700 to help a nonprofit plant more trees in New Jersey.



River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow

$500 for a river stewardship program with indigenous youth.



Amy Bradley

$1,040 to help with two projects: 1) To send vegan care packages to 60 homeless college students; 2) To support a Vegan Trunk-Or-Treat for ColumbusVegKids


Colorado Pet Pantry

$3,840 to help open a new pet food bank.



Jennifer Marshall

$1,200 for greenhouse and other supplies for an urban farm and inner-city farmers’ market.


University of California Santa Barbara – Vegan Studies

$1,000 to support a first-of-its-kind Vegan Studies program.



Woodlands Wildlife Refuge

$1,000 for cameras for a wildlife watch program in New Jersey.



Porchlight Animal Sanctuary

$1,000 in seed funding to help kick-start a farm animal sanctuary in Virginia.



Aurora Interfaith Community Services

$700 to run a home garden project for kids and to provide extra produce during winter months.



Olentangy Paddle

$500 to help an Ohio-based paddling company with water stewardship efforts.


Allergy Superheroes

$500 to help a small business produce more superhero-themed food allergy alert gear for kids.


Youth Conservation Corps of Waukegan (via Ben Femminella)

$500 to allow low-income youth to build a community garden in their local food desert.


Charles Horn

$500 to help a funny vegan launch a comedy web series.

Civil Liberties Defense Center

$500 to fund a climate justice action camp for young people.


Cupid’s Landing

$400 to enable a startup farm animal rescue to apply for 501(c)3 tax exemption.


Erica Grenci

$500 for community-sharing garden project.

Fargo Moorhead VegFest

$500 to support a vegan food festival in North Dakota.


Gaima Food

$500 to support a farm-to-festival food truck.


Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE Project)

$500 to train the next generation of environmental leaders and conservationists.


Healthy Crafty (5 Carrots)

$500 to support a vegan benefit concert.


Jewish Family Service

$500 to help provide non-dairy milk in a Colorado-based food pantry.


Sarah Nelsonville

$200 to help a teacher start a plant-based gardening and cooking program for special education students.

 Por Amor

$200 for a California-based nonprofit start a school garden program.


reBlossom Athens

$500 for an education and support group for breastfeeding moms of infants with dairy intolerances.


Seed Catering Company

$500 to support a plant-based food truck and catering company in Austin, TX.



$500 to help a Portland-based vegan sandwich company begin a program to train incarcerated women.


Taves Delicious

$400 to help a teacher at a Title I school build a pallet garden.

The Organic Root

$500 for a sustainable mushroom cultivation program in Hawaii.

The Pink Bakery

$500 to help a bake mix company make mixes that are free of the Top 8 food allergens.


The Vegan Pact

$500 to move a Boston-based blogger closer to her goals of starting a vegan food truck and creating plant-based cooking classes for kids.


We’re still funding brilliant ideas, big or small! How can you make a difference in the world? By sharing it on Twitter in 140 characters or less, you could receive a micro-grant ranging from $140-$10,000! Details here:



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  1. Kids, kindness, and cookbooks. (I forgot the 140 limit, oops).
    A kids’ LittleFreeLibrary for our co-op with veg cookbooks, and stories of kindness. 🙂

  2. Still not 140? Technology is not my friend.
    Kids, kindness, and cookbooks. This would be amazing! Thank you. 🙂

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