Supported project categories
Our focus is on helping communities in developing countries, but we are open to receiving applications from anywhere in the world.
Below, you will find the broad categories of projects that we provide grants to, together with specific examples of projects we have helped.
Some of our funded projects work across several of these categories. If your project does not belong to one of the categories listed below, you may still apply for assistance but the Foundation will be less likely to support you.
Child development and education
We provide grants to projects and organisations that aim to improve access to education and training for disadvantaged children and young people across the developing world.
This includes school-building, initiatives to integrate street children and child soldiers into education and work, and programmes to protect the education and life chances of orphans and young girls.Back to supported categories
Disease prevention and child health
The Foundation supports projects and organisations working to prevent the spread of diseases such as cholera, malaria and HIV in the developing world. We focus on assisting efforts to improve access to health education and treatment for children and mothers.
For instance, we supported the work of Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland to limit the outbreak of cholera in Haiti and assisted Solidar Med in educating people in rural Mozambique on the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.Back to supported categories
Water and sanitation
Access to clean water and hygienic sanitation are essential to lead dignified human lives. The Foundation supports projects to bring these resources to communities.
Working with partners such as WaterAid, the Foundation supports global projects and efforts in countries such as Nepal to promote hygiene.Back to supported categories
Hunger and malnutrition
We support projects and organisations that combat the threat or effects of hunger and malnutrition, especially among children.
The Foundation supports organisations such as ConnectSwiss and Mary’s Meals that provide meals to the hungry and malnourished children at school. Our partnership with Mary’s Meals ensures children in countries such as Malawi receive daily meals at school and continue to remain in education.Back to supported categories
Catholic charities and churches
The Foundation provides financial assistance to the activities of Catholic projects and organisations that have programmes working with vulnerable people across all ages.
As an example of its work, the Foundation has provided financial assistance to Aid to the Church in Need, which supports Christians who are oppressed, persecuted or in pastoral need round the world.
We also support the work of Catholic church groups in the developing world and closer to home.
For instance, we have supported the Little sisters of the poor in its work providing medical care and a nurturing environment for the elderly poor.Back to supported categories
After natural disasters have struck communities in Haiti and Nepal, the Foundation has provided financial assistance to efforts to bring humanitarian relief and reconstruction to affected areas.
We provided grants to ROKPA International for rebuilding following the earthquake in Tibet.Back to supported categories
Supporting the gifted
The Foundation believes in the power of classical music and the performing arts to improve people’s lives, and assists activities from concert series to music education.Back to supported categories