Camphill Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Camphill Foundation’s global development grantmaking focuses on building and reconstruction of schools in developing countries.

IP TAKE: Camphill is an approachable and modest funder that seems to have a preference for supporting local and grassroots groups.

PROFILE: Established in 1966, the Camphill Foundation is unique in that it awards grants to develop what it refers to as “Camphill Communities” in the U.S. and abroad. The foundation describes these communities as places “where values of service, sharing, spiritual nourishment, and commitment to recognizing each individual’s gifts and contributions offer a model of renewal for a wider society.” There are currently over 100 Camphill Communities around the world.

Beyond its community building work, much of Camphill’s global development grantmaking supports building and reconstructing schools in developing countries. It also awards grants to housing projects in both developing and developed countries.

Camphill’s international grantmaking occurs through its Capital Needs and Capacity Building funding programs. The Capital Needs program awards grants for the brick-and-mortar capital improvements. while the Capacity Building program supports strategic planning and regional communication activities.

The foundation rarely awards grants over $50,000, and most international range between $25,000 to $50,000. Camphill does not award many grants annually, so grantseekers can expect competition from other applicants. Camphill accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year and encourages grantseekers to get in touch if they believe their work closely aligns with Camphill’s grantmaking priorities.

PEOPLE: 

  • Shelley Burtt Executive Director
  • Kevin Mestrich, Director of Development 

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