Global Fund For Children: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Global Fund for Children focuses its funding on undercapitalized organizations that are lifting kids out of difficult living situations. The fund is particularly interested in grassroots and community organizations.

IP TAKE: GFC is a dream funder for NGOs working on shoestring budgets that are effecting positive change in vulnerable children’s lives. Potential grantees should note that GFC funds innovative organizations, so established players may have a tougher time here. 

PROFILE:  The Global Fund for Children (GFC) lives its motto, “[c]hildren are our future.” With the support of Echoing Green—the international seed funding organization that provides a wide range of assistance to the world’s most innovative social entrepreneurs—Maya Ajmera established the Global Fund for Children in 1993.

The Global Fund for Children (GFC) approaches global development issues from a grassroots perspective. The foundation funds many small organizations working in its fields of interest rather than a handful of large ones. GFC’s field of grantmaking interest is rather broad and includes four major programs: Education, Gender Equity, Youth Empowerment and Freedom from Violence and Exploitation.

Although the GFC aims to help all vulnerable children, it pays particular attention to trafficked children, refugees, and child laborers.

GFC, emphasizing a grassroots approach to its grantmaking, gives small amounts of money to innovative organizations with the hope of making a “[r]eal, lasting impact on the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.” As a result, grants tend to range from $5,000 to $20,000. GFC awards larger grants on rare occasions, but those grant amounts typically do not exceed $25,000. GFC works virtually everywhere and awards grants to organizations in the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as across Europe.

In addition to providing financial support, GFC also offers other forms of non-financial assistance to its grantees in the areas of organization development, leveraging, capacity building, and network opportunities. Further information on GFCs non-financial support can be found here.

GFC accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via its website; however, full proposals are accepted by invitation only.


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