Scott Bader Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Scott Bader Foundation’s global grantmaking generally supports job training, microenterprise training, and education projects in least developed countries around the world. The foundation also awards a few healthcare grants each year.

IP TAKE: This is an accessible U.K.-based funder, but it wants to get to know prospective grantees before it commits any kind of funding.

PROFILE: The Scott Bader Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the UK-based global chemical company, Scott Bader. Bader only awards grants to nonprofits registered in the UK or those with which the foundation is already familiar. 

The Scott Bader Foundation does not have a specific global development grantmaking program. However, its past grants have supported job and microenterprise training and education projects. The foundation additionally awards a few healthcare grants each year.

Scott Bader does not impose geographic restrictions and supports global development and health projects anywhere in the world. However, the main beneficiary populations for Bader’s grantmaking are poor and marginalized people living in least developed countries.

Global grants are awarded through the foundation’s Large Project and Small International Funds. It caps Large Project grants at £25,000. They are directed toward environmental or educational projects that benefit young people and marginalized populations. The deadline for Large Project grant applications typically falls in the first week of January.

Bader’s Small International Fund grants range from £500 to £2,000 and are awarded to “international projects located anywhere in the world.” This program accepts applications throughout the year. The foundation also awards grants in regions of the world in which it has a business presence, including South Africa, Croatia and India.

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