Vitol Foundation: Grants for Global Health and Disasters

OVERVIEW: The Vitol Foundation prioritizes its global health-related grants for access to quality healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as, Universal Healthcare Access.

IP TAKE: This funder has a strong focus on children across all of its grantmaking programs.

PROFILE: The Vitol Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the global energy and commodities company Vitol. Though the company first began making grants in 2002, it did not establish the foundation until 2006 and continues to support organizations “[e]nabling children living in deprivation to escape the cycle of poverty and reach their potential in life.” To these ends, the foundation focuses its grantmaking on health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and livelihoods. Vitol makes grants to organizations responding to humanitarian emergencies.

The Vitol Foundation’s global health-related grantmaking targets projects strengthening health systems through training and infrastructure development; supply chain improvement, improving health data collection; access to quality reproductive health care including adolescent sexual health care; WASH; and affordable evidence-based health innovations. 

Grants typically range anywhere from £10,000 to £500,000. Past grantees in this space include Last Mile Health, which received funding for its work delivering health care to remote villages and communities; and the Touch Foundation, which received a grant for its Treat and Train program, which is creating replicable and sustainable healthcare systems in the Lake Zone of Tanzania. To learn more about Vitol grantees, explore its annual reports.

The Vitol Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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