Trafigura Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Trafigura Foundation’s global health grantmaking focuses on improving the health and safety of those affected by logistics activities. 

IP TAKE: Trafigura expects its grantees to have a meaningful and measurable impact—which it likes to measure often. This is a fairly accessible funder that accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year.

PROFILE: Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the Trafigura Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the global commodity trading and logistics company Trafigura. In the past, its global health investments have focused on HIV/AIDS in Africa, supporting families with children with disabilities, and the prevention of child malnutrition, among other concerns. However, Trafigura recently shifted its health concentrations to focus on safe and clean logistics. 

Since 2017, Trafigura invests in global health through its Clean and Safe Logistics program. It seeks to improve health and safety of populations impacted by logistics activities, and to address environmental issues caused by transportation or infrastructure at land and sea. It supports grantmaking in the regions of the world where its corporate arm has a significant business presence. As a result, it concentrates investments in North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. However, its global health grantmaking tends prioritize Africa and India. 

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Applications must be submitted in English. Foundation executives examine initial requests for funding and then forward them to board executives should the project fall within Trafigura’s areas of funding interest.

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