In countries around the world, the prosperity that comes from enterprise and entrepreneurship is limited by bad economic policies. We believe think tanks can be catalysts for policy reforms that ensure the economic rights that reduce poverty and promote prosperity. That is why we are offering financial support to think tanks with ambitious but achievable plans to improve economic opportunities for low-income populations by changing the public policy and regulatory environment in their countries. There is no specific reform or issue area required for a successful application. We encourage applicants to identify viable and worthwhile reforms that represent local priorities and local vision for change.

We anticipate that many reforms that fit within the enterprise and entrepreneurship theme will fall under at least one of the categories of the Ease of Doing Business Index, Doing Business North AmericaEconomic Freedom of the World (EFW) Report, EFW North America, the U.S. Metropolitan Area Economic Freedom Index, or another related index. Please review those indices to determine how the reform your project seeks to achieve might impact scores in those reports (if applicable). 

Successful applicants will demonstrate a strategic understanding of how to optimize and execute research, marketing, and advocacy plans for demonstrable change.

We suggest a request range of $20,000-$35,000, though other amounts may be entertained. Both international and United States partners are eligible. Matching preferred. Atlas Network is not endowed and accepts no government funding, so our capacity to give is restricted by our own fundraising success.

As part of the Doing Development Differently Campaign, Atlas Network invites our partners to apply for the Poverty & Freedom grants. This grant is generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, among others.

Questions? Contact or Our Institute Relations team is always happy to provide feedback on grant applications before they are submitted.