Autodesk Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Autodesk Foundation awards global development grants in addition to providing in-kind donations. The foundation also offers employee volunteers to assist on various global development projects.

IP TAKE: Autodesk seeks innovative organizations with dynamic leaders and a talented team to carry out global development work. Smaller organizations should take note that this funder tends to back larger international organizations rather than local and grassroots groups.

PROFILE: The Autodesk Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the software company with the same name. The foundation’s grantmaking supports “[s]oftware, technical training, and industry expertise to grantees in architecture, engineering, product design and manufacturing, visual effects, gaming and related fields who are creating solutions to environmental and social challenges.”

Grant amounts are modest, typically ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. Past global development grantees include the Nubian Vault Association, which received funding for its work addressing the modern housing shortage in sub-Saharan Africa; and Amped Innovation, which received support for its work designing products for people living on less than $4 per day to help bring them out of poverty. To learn more about select Autodesk grantees, examine its Grant Portfolio.

The Autodesk Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Instead, it opts to utilize its “extensive network” to seek out suitable grantees.

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