Mulago Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Mulago Foundation supports both for profit and nonprofit organizations.

IP TAKE: Taking the view that organizations know best how to use their funding, Mulago awards grants unrestricted grants rather than making project specific awards.  

PROFILE: The Mulago Foundation was established in 1993 by Henry Arnhold in honor of his brother Rainer and “[f]unds high-performance organizations that tackle the basic needs of the very poor.” The foundation seeks to fight poverty by finding and funding the “[o]rganizations best able to create change.” The foundation does so by investing livelihoods, energy, health, conservation and education. The foundation also has an Amplifier program that helps organizations determine solutions to make them more effective in their work.

Taking a broad strategy towards grantmaking, Mulago’s health program supports organizations working in access to quality primary health care and behavioral change. One past grantee in this space is D-Rev, which provides affordable health products to the poor including their “flagship” products of prosthetic knees and a suite of jaundice treatment devices. Another past grantee is Amani Global Works, which received funding for its primary health system in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Grant amounts typically range from $50,000 to $300,000. Mulago does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding, instead, relying on “[a] deep network to find organizations that are a good fit.”

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