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A well-nourished population places fewer burdens on health systems and helps bring about economic growth. But, the world is currently facing a grave nutrition challenge, with an estimated 2 billion people lacking key micronutrients and some 155 million children experiencing stunted growth as a result of poor nutrition. We believe that providing access to a nutritious diet is one of the best ways of transforming people’s health, education and livelihoods.

Malnutrition early in life can cause irreversible damage to children’s growth and
development. As such, improving nutrition for mothers and children during the 1000-day window, from a mother’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday, is critically important.

When children get the right nutrition early in life:

  • there is a greater chance that their bodies and brains will develop typically;
  • they are likely to perform better in school;
  • they will likely to earn more in later life; and
  • they are less likely to develop chronic diseases.

To help prevent and tackle global under-nutrition, TWF’s current priorities are:

  • Promoting good nutritional practices, with a particular focus on mothers and children during the ‘1000-day window’;
  • Providing micronutrients for young children and their mothers and de-worming drugs for young children
  • Providing micronutrients through food fortification for all.


In addition to demonstrating how your project aligns with TWF’s priorities (above), strong applications will demonstrate:

  • Significant direct contribution to the project from the beneficiary community
  • Strong volunteer input from Trustees and supporters
  • The positive impact of your previous work within nutrition and/or evidence to support the efficacy of your intervention
  • Sustainable model of project delivery
  • How the proposed project meets a significant unmet need
  • A diversity of funding sources for your organisation (and/or a sustainable fundraising strategy beyond TWF).


Within our Main Grants Programme, we would expect to see organisation demonstrating that they meet our current funding priorities in a highly effective manner with long-term impact. You must therefore make reference to the following in your application:

  • evidence from previous work that your organisations has a history of successfully improving sustained access to a nutritious diet all year round
  • evidence that beneficiaries have demonstrated continued good nutritional practices
  • evidence that your work is sensitive to the needs of women and children within the critical 1000-day window
  • a description of any WASH-sensitive elements of your work
  • a description of the longer term impacts of your nutrition programmes.





Last updated Tuesday 4 February, 2020