Waterloo Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Waterloo Foundation awards global development grants to support education and WASH access. 

IP TAKE: Waterloo typically funds established organizations with proven track records of success. Grantseekers need to demonstrate not only that they have worked on global development work related to quality education and WASH access, but they must also demonstrate that their projects have resulted in sustained impact.

PROFILE: Based in Wales, Heather and David Stevens established the Waterloo Foundation in 2007. It is named after the central London neighborhood, Waterloo, where they first met. The foundation supports grantmaking in child development, the environment, and the Wales region.

Waterloo invests its global development grantmaking through its World Development program. The program emphasizes education, WASH, and sexual and reproductive health. While Waterloo does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking, it prioritizes giving to projects that support Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 

Waterloo grants typically range from $80,000 to $160,000. The foundation tends to support large charities with the capacity to undertake and execute substantial and transformative projects. It prioritizes organizations based in the United Kingdom, but will still make grants to NGOs based beyond the UK. 

Occasionally, Waterloo takes on smaller projects, but criteria for those grants are unusually specific. To get a minor grant from Waterloo, grantseekers need to be a social entrepreneur from Wales doing work in developing countries for beneficiaries with direct financial investments in the project being performed. Examine Waterloo's grant examples for a more comprehensive look at the types of organizations it tends to fund. 

The application process for the Waterloo Foundation is competitive; however, submitting proposals to Waterloo follows a straightforward process. Grantseekers must summarize their project in two or three pages and email it to applications@waterloofoundation.org.uk.


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