Skoll Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Skoll’s human rights grantmaking supports rights in the face of conflict, gender equality, peace building, and government corruption, and seeks to protect vulnerable populations against rights abuses.

IP TAKE: Skoll tends to back organizations with stable and established finances. This can make it difficult for new organizations, or those working in uncrowded human rights fields, to gain the foundation’s funding attentions.

PROFILE: The Skoll Foundation awards grants to organizations engaged in social entrepreneurship around the world. The foundation, overall, intends to support organizations with the ability to “[s]park large-scale change for seemingly intractable social problems.”

Investments through Skoll’s Peace and Human Rights program grantmaking largely revolve around human rights in the face of conflict. Subprograms back groups working in multiple rights fields including gender equality, peacebuilding, combating government corruption, and protecting vulnerable populations against rights abuses.

In addition to its grantmaking and program-related investments, the foundation offers annual Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. To qualify, groups must be nominated by the foundation’s network of partners. It does not accept unsolicited nominations. Each awardee receives a three-year, $1.25 million investment to scale their work. Learn more about Skoll’s awardees here.

While there are no geographic restrictions on its funding, Skoll’s giving strategies remain opaque, making it difficult for grantseekers to know exactly what the foundation is looking for. 

Skoll does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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