ABOUT OAK

OUR GRANT-MAKING

We believe in providing long-term support to our partners; we also believe that our partners benefit from having diverse funding sources to promote sustainability and to achieve the impact they desire.

 

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. Each programme has its own funding criteria, geographic scope and requirements.

 

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

 

 

Trends in our grant-making

Oak Foundation has an annual grant-making budget of more than USD 200 million and makes grants to organisations located in countries worldwide. See our recent Annual Report for more details on our grant-making.

 

Our grant-making has evolved over the years and in recent times we have increased:

• the length and size of grants;

• the number of core support grants;

• support to capacity building, policy work, campaigns and new types of social movements; and

• joint programming work to address issues from many different perspectives.

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 or election campaigns.

 

Except in special circumstances or in Zimbabwe, we generally do not provide programme grants under USD 25,000.

Our principles

In all of our work, we are committed to social justice. To this end, we pursue rights-based approaches, gender equality and partnership with the organisations we fund. We seek to support innovation, visionary leaders and organisations. We seek to be inclusive, flexible and to learn from different points of view. We believe that the best grant-making reflects both careful due diligence and the willingness to take risks.

 

We encourage our partners to work together – we believe that together we are stronger. As a whole we fund initiatives that:

 

• target the root causes of problems;

• are replicable either within a sector or across geographical locations;

• include plans for long-term sustainability, such as co-funding;

• strive to collaborate with like-minded organisations;

• demonstrate good financial and organisational management; and

• value the participation of people (including children) and communities

Promoting sustainability

We believe in providing long-term support to our partners; we also believe that our partners benefit from having diverse funding sources to promote sustainability and to achieve the impact they desire.

 

Therefore, we generally fund no more than 50 per cent of the costs of any project or 20 per cent of organisational/programme budget. Requests to fund higher amounts should be discussed with the programme officer.

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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