Donor base: United States
Application procedure: Online Application
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Annual number of calls: More than 20

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Equity, Grants, Loans
Annual funding volume: More than $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Covid-19
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Food Security
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) About

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is the largest private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and its primary global aims are to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty. They work with partners worldwide to tackle critical problems in the following five program areas: (1) Global Health Division (developing new tools and strategies to reduce the burden of infectious disease in developing countries); (2) Global Development Division (focusing on improving the delivery of high-impact health products and services to the world’s poorest communities and helps countries expand access to health coverage); (3) Global Growth & Opportunity division (focusing on creating and scaling market-based innovations to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth); (4) United States Division (working to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education); and (5) Global Policy & Advocacy Division (seeking to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance their work).

2) Thematic Interest

  • Education
  • Health
  • Research and innovation
  • Economic development
  • Agricultural development
  • Financial services for the poor
  • Emergency response

3) Focus Countries

The provide funding across the globe with a focus on ten focus countries in Africa (i.e. Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia), as well as China, India, the Middle East and Europe.

4) Application Procedure

The Foundation’s annual grant budget is around $3.5 billion for an average of 4,500 to 4,800 grants (average grant size is $725,000). They also make program-related investments. They use a standard four-phase process to develop grants and contracts: (1) Concept Development: their program officers work to identify ideas that support their strategic priorities; (2) Pre-Proposal: from direct solicitation, discussion to request for proposal; (3) Investment Development (applicants are provided with guidelines and templates for developing a proposal, a budget, and a results framework); (4) Management and Close (the program officer and partner discuss how they will work together and keep in close communication to understand progress and challenges of ongoing work). At the end of the project, the partner will work with the program officer to submit a final report that summarises the results achieved and lessons learned. In general, they directly invite proposals by directly contacting organisations. They do also award grants through published Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

5) Contact

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Seattle, WA 98109
440 5th Ave N.
Washington DC

T: +1  206 709 3100
E: info(a)gatesfoundation.org

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