140 Difference Contest: $100,000 for Your Bright Ideas!


It’s time for the 3rd annual 140 Difference Grant Contest with So Delicious, and this year they’ve upped the ante. The popular dairy-free brand is offering $100,000 in micro-grants for your bright ideas in environmental sustainability, animal welfare, plant-based eating, or food allergies. And entry is easy with the #WorldsShortestGrant application – just 140 characters or less via Twitter!

The 140 Difference Contest - $100,000 in Micro-Grants for Your Bright Ideas in Sustainability, Plant-Based Foods, Animal Welfare or Food Allergies via the #WorldsShortestGrant Application!

140 Difference Grant Contest: What is It?

Between April 21st and May 31st, 2016, So Delicious Dairy Free will award $100,000 in micro-grants ranging in value from $140-$10,000 to people with brilliant ideas in the areas of environmental sustainability, animal welfare, plant-based foods and food allergies. They’re looking for passionate individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits to help make a difference in the world.

No Idea is Too Big or Too Small. They started this contest three years ago with the simple belief that small actions can make a big impact. A 140 Difference grant might fund your entire project, kick-start a great idea, or help you take an initiative you’re already working on to a new level of awesomeness!

140 Difference Grant Contest: How to Apply

  1. Come up with a project idea in one of the following areas: Environmental SustainabilityAnimal WelfarePlant-based Foods, or Food Allergies.
  2. Submit your creative idea in 140 characters or less via Twitter or through the So Delicious website between April 21st and May 31st.
  3. Include #WorldsShortestGrant and tag @so_delicious in your entry (make sure you follow them, too!).
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 daily. Limit 1 unique entry per person per day.

140 Difference Grant Contest: The 4-1-1

The 140 Difference Contest - $100,000 in Micro-Grants for Your Bright Ideas in Sustainability, Plant-Based Foods, Animal Welfare or Food Allergies via the #WorldsShortestGrant Application!Who Can Apply? The 140 Difference Contest with the #WorldsShortestGrant application is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec residents), who are 18 years of age or older. Read the Official Rules Here.

What’s the Selection Process? Entries must demonstrate an innovative and entrepreneurial idea around environmental sustainability, animal welfare, plant-based food, or food allergies. Funds must help move the project idea along. Grant amounts will be determined by completeness of thought, originality, impact, and scope of project. Winners are selected at the end of each week! Read the Full Event Details Here.

140 Difference Grant Contest: Inspiration

Here are what some prior winners have achieved after filling out the #WorldsShortestGrant application:

  • Fat bike and trailer to help a bike-powered, youth-driven community composting program continue to operate throughout the winter
  • Plant-based snacks for a teacher to share and talk about with students in a Title I school
  • Community education and outreach about pollinating bugs and animals
  • Virtual library for sustainable gardeners
  • Seed funding for a bike-powered alternative to food trucks
  • Educational and interactive school garden programs
  • Allergy alert apparel for kids
  • Documentary film project about urban coyotes
  • Educational food allergy DVDs for schools in North America
  • Vegan burritos to feed the hungry and homeless
  • Free plant-based cooking classes for community members with cancer, heart disease, or diabetes
  • Scholarships to send teens to climate justice action camp
  • Season-extending hoop house for a community garden
  • Support for a vegan farm sanctuary run by former cattle ranchers
  • Aviary netting for a hen sanctuary
  • Seed funding for a sustainable neighborhood food stand
  • Sea turtle conservation project – saving hawksbill turtle hatchlings in El Salvador
  • Student-led sustainable food program seeking to serve 40,0000 locally-sourced, organic meals a year
  • Empowering food allergy stickers, buttons, and more for kids
  • Slow cookers and plant-based recipe cards for local food pantries

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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