Bright Future International: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Bright Future International global development grantmaking supports vocational, educational, and arts programs focusing on children living in vulnerable communities around the world.

IP TAKE: Bright Future has not been around that long, and so far it seems that most of its grants are renewals. Although it is not accepting unsolicited LOIs at the moment, this may change so; regardless, grantseekers are encouraged to reach out. 

PROFILE: When Anthony Melikhov sold his pharmaceutical company Sagmel Inc., to Bayer, he began his pursuit of “inner happiness and peace.” Compelled to make a positive difference in the world, Melikhov founded Bright Future International (BFI) to "create a social movement of preteen influencers who employ creativity, understanding, morality, in every aspect of life." Launched in Russia, the foundation emphasizes "empathy and compassion while creating innovative projects" that have the potential to change the world. While this desire may sound ambitious, the foundation achieves its goals predominately by supporting children’s arts and education programs in underserved communities around the world.

BFI's grantmaking supports basic needs and programs that help children ages 5 to 17 to build more fulfilling lives. It is not unusual for the foundation to award grants to after school education and arts programs. However, its giving does extend to groups that work with particularly vulnerable youth populations. For example, BFI has supported Heshima Kenya Safe House in Nairobi. This small organization helps young refugee women and their children in Nairobi who have lost their families to war or been displaced by conflict. The foundation has also supported the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI). WPDI's peacebuilding and reconciliation campaigns focus on fragile communities around the world such as Africa and Latin America.

Grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $125,000. To learn more about the types of organizations BFI supports, check out its Grant Recipient page.  

Grantseekers should keep an eye on BFIs website to stay abreast of any new deadlines and procedures as it is has been influx. 


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