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FUND update

Please note that with effect from now until the end of 2017, we are not accepting new applications to our World Development Small Grants Fund. The Fund will reopen to new applications in January 2018; please check back at that point for further information, or contact us via

The Waterloo Foundation will now be assessing World Development Main Grant applications in topic-themed programme rounds with specific deadlines for each round. The timetable and guidance for this can be found in our Application Guidelines. All Main Grant applications that were received after 1st December 2016 will be categorised and assessed in this new timescale framework. We apologise for the delay that this will cause in processing some applications.


About the programme

TWF aims to support organisations which help the economically disadvantaged build the basis of sustainable prosperity.  TWF is committed to providing support to developing countries which will be used in a sustainable way with lasting impact, and which avoids promoting a culture of aid-dependency. All grant applicants should be able to demonstrate the sustained impact of their programmes, and show how they meet the Foundation’s objectives. 
TWF currently supports three principal themes of work to help achieve this goal:

TWF supports organisations working in a variety of developing countries, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.  Further information on our geographical areas of priority can be found in our description of Geographical priorities.

TWF’s World Development Fund has two programmes – Main Grants and Small Grants.

  • Main Grants are given to large, established organisations working at a regional or national scale that can demonstrate the sustained impact of their programmes.
  • Small Grants are given to smaller organisations who are delivering projects on a more localised scale.

More guidance on eligibility and the application process can be found in our Application Guidelines.


It is not our intention to provide financial support to organisations seeking to alleviate the suffering resulting from high-profile natural or man-made disasters, including the delivery of food aid or shelter. We believe that there are many other sources of funding for disaster relief and the focus of TWF’s World Development Fund is on long-term development work.





Last updated Wednesday 8 November, 2017