Grant-making Criteria


We consider requests for funding that meet the overall mission and goals of the Foundation. We fund a variety of time-bound projects, core costs,
technical assistance and collaborative activities. However, each programme has its own funding criteria, geographic scope and requirements. Please review programme pages in detail for further information.


We occasionally initiate our own programmes or form initiatives in our areas of interest by issuing calls for proposals on specific topics, or convening policymakers and practitioners to explore solutions to critical issues.


While each programme has its own areas of focus, as a whole, we adhere to six funding principles. These include funding initiatives that:


  • Target root causes of problems
  • Are replicable either within a sector or across geographical locations
  • Include plans for long-term sustainability
  • Have secured co-funding
  • Strive to collaborate with like-minded organisations
  • Value the participation of people (including children) and communities

Funding Restrictions


We do not provide support to individuals, and do not provide funding for scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate or postgraduate studies. We also do not fund religious organisations for religious purposes, election campaigns or general fund-raising drives. Except in special circumstances, we do not fund initiatives under USD 25,000.