Microsoft Philanthropies: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Microsoft Philanthropies’ global development grantmaking centers on access to technology in the fields of finance, healthcare, payment systems, education, and agriculture.

IP TAKE: This funder backs projects that close the digital divide in underserved communities around the world.

PROFILE: Microsoft Philanthropies was established in part to “[r]ealize the promise and potential of technology for everyone.” The charitable arm of Microsoft hasn’t been around for as long as the company but it has already made a significant commitment to global development. For the most part, commitment in this space comes out of its Affordable Access Initiative program.

The Affordable Access Initiative looks to “[s]upport, grow, and scale innovative businesses that are developing technologies and business models,” that could potentially help billions of people affordable access the internet. Particular areas of grantmaking interest include finance, payments, healthcare, education, and agriculture. Specific project it’s seeking to support include off-grid renewable energy solutions, alternative digital payment systems, and last mile access technology.  

The foundation announces open calls for applications for its Affordable Access Initiative. Grantseekers are encouraged to check back on its website or follow the program on Twitter on @AAIGrantFund to stay abreast of announcements or updates.

Note that Microsoft Philanthropies offers product donations to help nonprofits scale their work, achieve their missions, and strengthen their impact.


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