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Thank you for your interest in our World Development funding stream.  Unfortunately both our World Development (Main Grants) and World Development Small Grants programmes are temporarily closed to new applications.

Over the summer period 2016 we will not be accepting new applications for these funds, whilst we appoint a new staff member to lead our international development work.  

We will be happy to receive new applications from 1st November 2016 onwards.  However we envisage that we will have a large number of applications to look through when the fund re-opens, so please bear with us whilst we process them.  The Trustees and staff of the Waterloo Foundation thank you for your patience with us during this period, and we very much look forward to re-opening the Fund later in the year.


Application Guidelines

Every year we receive hundreds more funding applications under our World Development fund than we are able to support with grants making it our most competitive fund. We are therefore only able to support the strongest applications which all:

  • Follow our application guidelines
  • Clearly meet our funding criteria
  • Provide evidence of the success of their previous programmes 

We understand that different sizes of organisation have different funding needs.  The level and type of funding we provide is dependent on the size of the organisation applying to us for funding and also on the scale of their work. You should use the criteria below to assess your eligibility for EITHER a Main Grant OR a Small Grant, and then follow the appropriate link to read the relevant guidelines for submitting your application.


Typical Main Grant Recipients:

Typical Small Grant Recipients:

Have an annual income of over £300,000

Have an annual income of less than £300,000

Deliver development programmes at a district, regional or national scale

Deliver projects at a local scale, for example supporting just one or a small number of communities, schools or groups

Have experience in delivering multi-year
programmes guided by multi-year strategic plans

Tend to plan and deliver projects over a one-two year time frame

Can demonstrate a strong track record
of delivering long-term development

Can demonstrate successful project delivery and the ability to monitor project outputs and outcomes

World Development Main Grant Application Guidelines

World Development Small Grant
Application Guidelines