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World development



The Waterloo Foundation is delighted to announce that, as of November 1st 2016, our World Development Fund has re-opened. Thank you for your continued interest and your patience during this period of staff changeover.

We will continue to review new applications to all World Development programmes on a rolling basis (without deadlines) and look forward to supporting projects that complement our funding criteria. We envisage receiving a large number of applications on the re-opening of the fund, so do please bear with us during this initial period when the processing of applications may take longer than usual.


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 two principle themes of work to help achieve this goal:

TWF has also supported enterprise development and income-generating activities, although this is not currently a main priority of our grant programme.

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 here.

The majority of TWF’s World Development funds are given to large, established organisations working at a regional scale that can demonstrate the sustained impact of their programmes. TWF does also provide funding in the form of small grants to organisations which work within our funding priorities but at a smaller scale. Some examples of organisations which TWF has provided with Main Grant and Small Grant support can be found here.

Some useful publications and web links relating to international development can be found here



It is not our intention to fund projects with a principle aim to deliver increased access to improved health care.  Whilst TWF recognises the importance of improving health outcomes in developing countries, we believe that there are already a number of very large trusts and foundations which have made this a priority of their work.

It is also 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.





Last updated Monday 31 October, 2016