Vitol Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Vitol Foundation focuses its global development grantmaking on education, economic security, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiatives.

IP TAKE: Vitol Foundation staff members play a role in grantmaking decisions. Since the foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding, grantseekers should contact the staff to network and attract their funding attentions.

PROFILE: The Vitol Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Vitol Group, an energy and commodities company. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Vitol Foundation operates out of London. It also has offices in Texas, the U.K. and Singapore. The Vitol Foundation was established in 2002, and has since supported global development grantmaking for access to education, secure livelihoods, and a collection of initiatives related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Its education program prioritizes children’s access to early education, primary and secondary schools. It also supports organizations that work to keep children in school for as long as possible. The foundation's secure livelihood program centers on “[s]trengthening market systems” and helping young people transition from school to meaningful employment. Lastly, the foundation’s WASH program focuses on clean water access and on sanitation and hygiene.

The Vitol Foundation awards grants to organizations working in both developing and developed countries around the world. However, its grantmaking focuses on less wealthy countries, awarding few grants to wealthier nations. It also supports both large and small NGOs that demonstrate long-term sustainability in their work. 

Vitol does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Instead, the foundation relies on “[r]ecommendations from experts, donors, other partners, and suggestions from staff.”


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