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About the programme


TWF aims to support organisations which help economically disadvantaged communities and people build the basis of sustainable prosperity.  TWF is committed to providing support to developing countries that 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 effectiveness of their approach, and show how they meet the Foundation’s objectives. 

TWF’s World Development Fund has two programmes:

  • Main Grants are given to large, established organisations working at a regional or national scale that can demonstrate the sustained impact of their programmes, in the areas of to SRH and Nutrition. Priority will be given to UK-based organisations, although applications from overseas partners will also be accepted. Please note that applications to our Main Grants Programme within the fields of Education and WASH are not currently being accepted.
  • Small Grants are given to smaller organisations who are delivering projects on a more localised scale in the fields of Education, WASH, SRH and Nutrition. Applications will be accepted from UK-based organisations only, up to a maximum requested amount of £10,000. Please note that we do not allow re-application within 18 months of a previously unsuccessful application to this Programme.


Under these two programmes we support organisations working in developing countries, and in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Further information on our geographical areas of priority can be found in our description of our geographical priorities.

TWF currently supports four principal themes of work to help achieve this goal:



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. The focus of TWF’s World Development Fund remains on long-term social and economic development.

For more details, please visit our Application Guidelines pages which offer advice on eligibility criteria and our application process.





Last updated Tuesday 4 February, 2020