Unity for Humanity

Support. Awareness. Impact. Change.

Creating change

Creators are changemakers, and Unity is their platform for making an impact. People around the globe are using Unity to tell stories or build tools that will have a positive and meaningful impact on society, their communities, and the planet. We founded Unity for Humanity to celebrate and support their journey to change lives and improve our world.

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The Unity for Humanity Grant

We empower social impact creators by offering grant funding, mentorship, and technical support for their RT3D projects. For 2022, we are awarding up to $500K in grants, including a special Imagine Grant in partnership with Common to the project that best Imagines a Better World inspired by Common’s latest single, Imagine.

Apply from October 11 – December 3, 2021

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Previous Unity for Humanity Grants

Each year we run an annual grant for social impact creators. We also collaborate with impact-driven organizations such as Rare Beauty’s Rare Impact, Project Drawdown, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to design grants focused on specific impact areas. 

Learn more about some of our past grants and recipients.

Guiding principles

Promoting empathy, respect, and opportunity: We celebrate and support creators with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Amplifying impact: We provide opportunities for creators to realize a more sustainable and inclusive world.

Community engagement:  We foster a social impact creator community grounded in inclusion to empower changemakers.

Unity for Humanity Summit 2021

This fully virtual, one-day summit celebrates creators around the world who are using real-time 3D (RT3D) to make a positive impact on society and the planet. Engage with them and their impact-driven work across these themes:

  • Education and Inclusive Economic Opportunity
  • Digital Health and Wellbeing
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Tools for Changemakers

The Unity for Humanity Grant FAQs

What type of projects are eligible to apply?

Project(s) eligible for submission must be a prototype or a project in any stage of production. The Unity for Humanity grant accepts any project genre (game, XR, film, solution) created with any RT3D platform. 

All projects must be impact-driven, meaning that they have measurable impact goals and/or calls to action and/or encompass themes of social, healthcare, education, humanitarian and environmental issues. Our April 2021 grant is for environment and sustainability-themed projects, stories and solutions. Projects must also align with at least one of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Please note that the Grant cannot be awarded to individuals. Please submit your application via a legal entity (e.g., a production company, studio, etc.).

The Unity for Humanity program supports real-time 3D content that is social impact-driven. We will not accept projects or content that include or promote hate, violence, bullying, harassment, threats against individuals or groups of people, or illegal content. Our aim is to foster an inclusive, sustainable social impact creator ecosystem.

What are the requirements of the 2022 grant?

All projects must be impact-driven, meaning that they have measurable impact goals and/or calls to action, and/or encompass themes of social, healthcare, education, humanitarian, or environmental issues. Projects must also align with at least one of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Are there any content restrictions on eligible projects?

We will not accept projects that include or promote hate, violence, bullying, harassment, threats against individuals or groups of people, or illegal content. Our aim is to foster an inclusive, sustainable social impact creator ecosystem.

What is the Imagine Grant?

As a part of the Unity for Humanity 2022 Grant, we are awarding one Imagine Grant in partnership with Common to the project that best inspires audiences to ‘Imagine a Better World’. 

A single project cannot receive both the Imagine Grant and a Unity for Humanity 2022 Grant, but you can apply for both via the same application.

Does my project need a nonprofit or charity partnership to receive a grant?

We encourage projects to apply that are charitable in nature and/or affiliated with a nonprofit organization. If your project is not charitable in nature, we still encourage you to apply, and ask you to indicate this on your application in the field provided.

Are there any countries and territories prohibited from applying and why?

The countries and individuals the United States has introduced sanctions against are prohibited from applying. At present, this includes: the Crimea Region of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

What criteria do you use to select grant recipients?

Unity for Humanity Grant recipients are selected using the following criteria: 

  1. Vision (25%)  
  2. Inclusion (25%) 
  3. Impact (25%) 
  4. Viability (25%) 

For our 2022 call, projects that self-identify to apply for the Imagine Grant or are nominated by the judges to be considered for the Imagine Grant must ‘Imagine a Better World.’

On what criteria are you evaluating the Imagine Grant?

In addition to the general Unity for Humanity evaluation criteria, the Imagine Grant recipient will be judged based on these focus areas:

  1. Positive future of humanity
  2. Based in real issues
  3. Inspiration for change
  4. Imagination
  5. Motivation
  6. Inclusive team
  7. Diverse audiences
What language must submissions be in?

All applications must be submitted in English. We work with creators with varying levels of English ability. Videos or trailers in a language other than English must have subtitles. The project itself does not need to be in English, however, there must be subtitles or translations provided (if applicable) so that the judges can properly review.

What materials are needed to apply?

Creators must fill out the Unity for Humanity Grant application. Applicants will be asked to provide a pitch deck in PDF format and a link to a video sample or trailer of the project. There are short essay questions on the application which ask the applicant to outline their motivation for creating the project.

What do we need to include in the Pitch Deck?
  • Information about the team and company
  • Key art from the project (in-progress work accepted)
  • Production budget with a plan for use of Unity funding, if received
  • Information on key stakeholders/partners
  • Production timeline, distribution timeline, and detailed distribution plan
  • An Impact Plan with the project’s impact goals and how they will be achieved
Who judges the submissions?

Unity employees and/or internal representatives from a variety of vertical teams across Unity will review projects along with Unity for Humanity program managers.

If the grant is in partnership with another organization, representatives from the organization will also serve as guest judges to select the grant recipients.

What do the selected projects receive?

We will make grant recommendations from a pool of $500,000 USD to Unity’s Charitable Fund, a fund of the Tides Foundation. In addition, Unity will provide 8 hours of technical support from the Unity Professional Services team (to be used within a one year period) as well as bespoke marketing and mentorship support.

I’ve submitted my application. What’s next?

No further action is required. You will receive a confirmation email and we will review all projects submitted. If we need additional information from a project we will reach out directly. Only Unity for Humanity Grant recipients will be notified. Thank you for submitting your application!

Who issues the Unity for Humanity Grants?

Unity partners with the Tides Foundation to set up the Donor Advisor Fund (DAF) for charitable purposes. If the project created by your team is selected, we will recommend your team as a potential grantee, subject to Tides’s review process for eligibility. This process can take anywhere from two to six weeks and is a secondary review process.

What time is the application deadline?

The deadline date and time are indicated in the Pacific Time Zone. Please give yourself ample time to submit in case of issues within your submission process.

Opens: Monday, October 11, 2021 at 12:00 am PT
Closes: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT

Do you give application deadline extensions?

No, unfortunately we are not able to grant extensions for applications.

Can I reapply with the same project?

Yes, you can reapply to Unity for Humanity, so long as your project meets the requirements, theme, and criteria. If a project has previously received a Unity for Humanity Grant, it is not eligible for additional funding, however, you are welcome to reapply with a new project.

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