Development Grants

    The FAWCO Foundation Development Grants financially assist projects which are passionately supported by FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA. The purpose of the program is to fund projects that can make an immediate impact and lead to success for the people they support.  The assistance offered should be direct, with a goal of sustainability.

    Through The Foundation, FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA have been aiding worthy and reputable charitable projects around the globe for over 45 years.  Some clubs are working “hands-on” with their projects while others make financial contributions or donations of goods. FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA are passionate about supporting projects that improve the human condition throughout the world. The DGs provide the financial assistance that can help the recipients achieve their goals.

    The Development Grant categories are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights.

    The Foundation encourages FAWCO clubs to nominate grassroots organizations that receive little or no great sponsorship or support.

    Each FAWCO club may nominate two different projects each year.

    Please note an important change to the following DG application requirement. This change will be in effect for the 2022 and 2023 application cycles:

    In light of the situation with COVID and how it may have affected clubs’ ability to support their chosen charities, at this time clubs must have only supported their nominated charity for six months (instead of the usual one year) before applying for a DG on their behalf. This allows clubs to nominate charities that were perhaps forced to suspend operations for a time due to COVID or charities that may have been borne out of COVID. Support is defined as donation of goods, services or money made by more than two individuals of a FAWCO Member Club or FAUSA.


    The 2022 Development Grants



    Three Grants        $4000 each

    For projects promoting literacy, supporting academic studies, building or providing classrooms, libraries or general learning facilities for disadvantaged children or providing training designed to lead to economic and other types of empowerment for women and girls.  

    Due to the generosity in sponsorship, there are three awards available which will be given to the three projects receiving the most votes.


    AW Surrey Hope Through Education


    Educating Women & Girls Worldwide, sponsored in part by Renuka Matthews

    For programs specifically aimed at women and/or girls.


    Pam Dahlgren Educating Africa’s Children 

    For programs specifically in the geographical area of Africa. This will be awarded to the Africa-focused nominated project which receives the most votes.     


    Two Grants                  $4000 each

    For projects focused on protecting the environment while promoting the health and well-being of communities.

    Due to the generosity in sponsorship, there are two awards available which will be given to the two projects receiving the most votes.


    AWG Paris Centennial Environmental Development Grant

    Climate Change is real. Our planet is hurting but there’s a lot that we can do to help mitigate the situation. We need to move forward on the path to recovery - we can begin here. For projects aimed at restoring the health of our planet.


    Trees Glorious Trees, sponsored in part by AWC Amsterdam, AIWC Cologne and Friends of the Environment

    “…we could return the climate to how it was decades ago just by planting trees.”

    ~ Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, Architects of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

    Trees not only give us oxygen, they store carbon, stabilize the soil and provide food and shelter for humans and wildlife.

    This DG is for projects that work to protect intact forest ecosystems, restore degraded areas and responsibly plant trees.


    One Grant                   $4000

    For medical services and advocacy in the areas of sexual and reproductive health for women and girls in your country or in the world.

    Critical Health Concerns, sponsored by Anne Riz, AWC Bern in memory of Jack and Letha Sandweiss

    Global Issues

    One Grant $4000

    This Grant can be placed within any of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to which we align our Development Grants in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights. In order to recognize FAWCO club’s local charities that are often overlooked on the world’s stage, the TFF is offering this Development Grant that is available for projects that take place in the nominating Club’s home country.

    Close to Home, sponsored in part by donations to the  “From the Heart” program                  


    Human Rights

    Two Grants        $4000 each

    For projects in a FAWCO Member Club’s host country or the world:

    • providing vocational training, teaching practical skills, promoting social entrepreneurial initiatives for at-risk/marginalized population groups,
    • or addressing the critical problems of violence, food and shelter, healthcare, education, poverty, advocacy, human trafficking, prostitution, refugees, including all those impacted by economic, political or other forced migration, 
    • or promoting cultural understanding.  


    Due to the generosity in sponsorship, there are two awards available which will be given to the two projects receiving the most votes.

    Breaking the Cycle, sponsored in part by proceeds from the sale of the book “Hope is the Thing With Feathers”


    FAUSA Effecting Change for Women and Children at Risk



    How To Apply

    Is your club considering submitting an application for the 2023 Development Grants? Please consult the Month-by-Month Application Timeline below for useful advice on timely submission of your application. Use the Waermarked Development Grant Application to gather your information now and transfer that information to the 2023 application when it is available iin the fall.

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