Skoll Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Skoll Foundation supports improved access to healthcare services and health care technology, integrated health models, and access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

IP TAKE: Skoll tends to prioritize large, established organizations, so small or grassroots groups will likely have a difficult time securing funding from this foundation.

PROFILE: Founded in 1999 by tech entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Foundation pursues “[a] sustainable world of peace and prosperity.” It champions social entrepreneurs who address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Skoll's global health program focuses on access to healthcare services, integrated health models, and improved healthcare technology. In addition, the foundation's global health investments also focus on health delivery, clean water, and sanitation. 

Funding is conducted through its annual Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. In order to qualify, groups must be nominated by the foundation’s network of partners. It does not accept unsolicited nominations. Each grantee receives a three-year, $1.25 million investment to scale their work. Learn more about Skoll’s awardees here.

While the foundation does not have budget thresholds for its awardees, it prioritizes big organizations that have the resources to expand. According to Skoll, outfits with less than $1 million in annual revenues working in developing countries “[t]end to be at a disadvantage in the selection process.”  


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