Grand Circle Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Grand Circle Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on improving schools and school performance, supporting small and micro-enterprises, and promoting the health and safety of community residents in just about every region in the world.  

IP TAKE: Grand Circle is a strong supporter of community-based and grassroots groups. While larger international development organizations may receive some funding, it prioritizes smaller organizations.

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Boston-based Grand Circle Foundation reached $97 million in support by 2013, a number that continues to grow. Founders Harriet and Alan Lewis invested in their first travel company back in the early 1970s, and by 1985, they purchased Grand Circle Travel, followed by Overseas Adventure Travel eight years later. The foundation seeks to "help change people's lives in the world we travel and where we live and work." It pursues its mission through partnerships and grantmaking. It prioritizes schools and school performance, support for small and micro-enterprises, and the health and safety of community residents.  

Grand Circle operates its own initiatives, including the World Classroom Initiative, A Day in the Life of a Village, Invest in a Village, and a few other geographically-specific programs, which grantseekers may read about here

While Grand Circle does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking, many of its initiatives are country-specific. The foundation has awarded grants in the past to organizations that work in Asia, Africa, the Americas, the South Pacific and Europe. Grant dollar amounts range from a few hundred dollars to about $15,000.

The Grand Circle Foundation does not currently accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.  

PEOPLE:

  • Juma Crawford, Executive Director
  • Janice Byrnes, Director

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