Published On: Tue, Jun 16th, 2015

Waterloo Foundation’s World Development Fund

The principle focus of the Waterloo’s World Development Fund is to provide support for the most disadvantaged developing countries in the world. We therefore prioritise support towards these countries, for example as determined by the UNDP’s Human Development Index ranking1. It is unlikely that TWF will provide support to an organisation working outside a country ranked as either ‘low human development’ or towards the bottom of the ‘medium human development’ list.

Thematic Areas

  1. Education
  2. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


TWF aims to support programmes which will:

  • Improve the quality of secondary education or primary education
  • Increase the enrolment to secondary-level education, especially for young women
  • Increase the retention of pupils at both primary and secondary level, especially for girls and young women.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Applying for WASH, applicant must address following:

  • Respond to concerns about the sustainability of WASH interventions, and have considered life-cycle costs
  • Demonstrate you are working in coordination with local Government and/or other NGOs delivering WASH interventions in the area;
  • Describe how the programme will strengthen institutions and policies at local government and/or national levels to support ongoing service delivery approaches;
  • Refer to activities in the programme which will improve the sustainable supply of spare parts for water infrastructure.

Eligibility Criteria

  • UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate are eligible to apply.
  • If you are an organisation based in a developing country and you are applying to our World Development programme, we need to be sure that you are a legitimate organisation undertaking charitable objectives. Therefore you must send us contact details for a named person who is willing to provide us with a reference for your work. This must be someone who:
    • Works for an international NGO with offices in the UK
    • Works for an organisation that the Foundation has previously given a grant to
    • Works for an organisation with offices in the UK, which has been a current or former donor to your organisation
    • Works for an academic institution, think tank or as an independent consultant who is based in the UK, and which has evaluated your organisation.

Grant Size & Duration

The grant is usually for up to three years. The majority of our grants in this programme will be for a total of over £50,000, although it is unlikely that we will provide grants of over £100,000 per year.

How to Apply

  • There is no specific deadline for Waterloo’s World Development fund. Applicants can submit their applications anytime.
  • Applicants can send their proposal in 2-3 sides of A4 via email.
  • All new applications are reviewed within 2-3 months of submission. If your funding application is successful, foundation will inform.

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