OVERVIEW: The ELMA Foundation awards grants to support organizations that work to improve the lives of Africa’s children, mainly through education, healthcare, and the provision of basic needs.
IP TAKE: ELMA does have a few stated giving priorities; however, this is a funder willing to fund projects that don’t fall neatly into its grantmaking wheelhouse—as long as the work benefits Africa’s children.
PROFILE: Part of the ELMA Group of Philanthropies, the ELMA Foundation was founded in 2005 to materially improve the lives of Africa’s children, “through the support of sustainable efforts to relieve poverty, advance education, and promote health.” The foundation does not restrict its development grantmaking to any particular country in Africa and prioritizes education, health, community grants, and sometimes offers special funding opportunities.
ELMA awards its development grants to international NGOs both large and small. Grantseekers should expect funding competition from large, international NGOs to major universities. To learn more about the types of development organizations the foundation supports, take a look at its Investments page.
ELMA's grantmaking process is somewhat opaque. It does not accept unsolicited proposals or applications, so the best bet for grantseekers, here, is to reach out to ELMA staff.
- Tom McPartland, Chief Executive Officer
- Robyn Calder, Executive Director
- Siobhan Crowley, Director, Health
- Tressa Johnson, Director, Education