C&A Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The C&A Foundation supports organizations that address systemic challenges within the apparel industry. It awards grants specifically to those that focus on improving working conditions, improving cotton market sustainability, and eradicating forced and child labor.

IP TAKE: This funder only works with registered nonprofits and does not apply geographic restrictions to its grantmaking.

PROFILE: Established in 2011, the C&A Foundation is one of the philanthropic arms of the global fashion retail chain C&A. The foundation operates separately from its corporate sister. Based in Zug, Switzerland, the C&A Foundation seeks to “[i]mprove lives wherever C&A operates through educational, health, and disaster relief initiatives” by focusing on addressed pervasive challenges in the global apparel industry.

The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include: improving sustainability in the cotton market; improving working conditions in the garment sector; eradicating forced labor in the apparel industry; and building resiliency in communities in which C&A operates. The foundation applies its gender justice theory of change across all of its grantmaking programs in order to achieve “[g]ender parity in leadership and decision-making in the apparel supply chain” and ensure that “[a]pparel workers are free from work place gender-based violence.” 

Grant amounts vary widely from €10,000 to over €4 million. Examples of past grants include the Aga Khan Foundation, which received funding for its programs to help smallholder farmers in India improve productivity and water efficiency; and Anti-Slavery International, which received support for its European Action to Reduce Forced and Child Labor in Global Supply Chains initiative. Explore C&A’s list of grants to get a broader sense of the types of organizations the foundation supports and at what level.

The C&A accepts unsolicited requests for funding, beginning with a four-page concept note. According to the foundation, the grant process can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

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