Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation focuses its human rights grantmaking on women, children and the right to an education.

IP TAKE: This approachable funder accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Grant decisions can take up to six months, so applicants should plan accordingly.

PROFILE: Based in Rome, the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation works in English, so U.S.-based nonprofits should not be deterred. Its human rights funding concentrates on women and children's rights, and the right to an education. Peretti’s human rights grants are generally awarded through its Charity and Educational programs often to organizations that work in low-income regions such as Africa, India and Haiti. The foundation also awards related grants to groups working in a few developed nations, such as Italy and Greece.

The Charity program awards 10 to 15 grants annually to a variety of rights issues, including combating female genital mutilation in Senegal, and the right to construct and use ecological sanitation facilities in Burundi, Ecuador, Haiti and Rwanda.

The foundation’s education program is smaller and generally awards fewer than five grants a year. This program takes more of an infrastructure-building approach, rather than a pure advocacy approach, and tends to support organizations that build schools or increase teaching staff capacity. 

Peretti accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Applicants must first register on the foundation’s website prior to proceeding with the application process. All grant amount requests must be made in euros.


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