Donor: Fondation Gertrude Hirzel
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: Switzerland
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Children & Youth
  • Education
  • Water & Sanitation

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, 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) Objective

The Gertrude Hirzel Foundation provides support for projects focusing on children, their schooling, well-being, health, and living environment.

  • Education:
    • Constructing school buildings and infrastructure, including sanitary facilities including access to water, latrines, electrical installations, and much more (Access to water, latrines, electrical installations)
    • School supplies, including training material for children living in vulnerable situations
    • Construction and support for shelters and hostels providing accommodation for disadvantaged schoolchildren
  • Health
    • Construction of buildings and medical infrastructure promoting access to health care, in particular for women and children, including latrines, electrical installations, and the like.
    • Construction of and support for shelters and homes accommodating disadvantaged, at-risk or disabled children and victims of violence, including sexual abuse.
      Improvement of hygiene conditions with regard to access to water, wells, and latrines, as well as training and awareness-raising on hygiene.
    • Medical supplies and equipment

The criteria for project selection includes: consistent with the aims of the Foundation, experience and ability of applicants, competence of local correspondents, association of beneficiaries in the implementation and subsequent operation, risk assessment and long-term chances of success, opportunity assessment, competency of potential partners and balance of subsidies allocation between the objectives of the Foundation, according to available resources.

2) Eligibility

Project requests must be submitted by organisations having a real representation in Switzerland, with registered articles of association and a bank account.

3) Location

Projects can be located in developing countries worldwide. They have funded projects in Africa (i.e, Madagascar, Mali, Senegal, Rwanda, and Ivory Coast), Asia (i.e., India, Nepal, and Tibet), Latin America (i.e., Brazil, Bolivia, and Haiti) and Eastern Europe (i.e., Albania).

4) Budget

A detailed budget and financing plan (with a clear indication of the requested amount for project funding). Individual grant sizes vary depending on the nature of the project. They do not fund projects of religious or political nature, a query without assignment to a specific project or individual aid. The annual funding volume of the Foundation is small and not more than $500,000 per year.

5) Application

Applications can be sent throughout the year by post and the Word template can be downloaded from their website (3 pages in French). The Selection Committee meets in March, June and November every year. Applications must be received before the board meetings (usually one month before).

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