Donor: Jansen PrimeSteps Foundation
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: Switzerland
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
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%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Social Inclusion

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) Objective

In May 2013, the couple Gerhard and Susi Jansen established the Jansen PrimeSteps Foundation. They support self-help projects and do this in an entrepreneurial manner. PrimeSteps Foundation aims at promoting self-initiatives, it steps in by giving  selected projects a start-up chance, expecting that the opportunity will be seized and will develop and mushroom to the benefit of many. The Foundation provides support to pilot projects that promote the establishment of new businesses in selected countries. The opportunities and the sought benefit may vary, e.g.: education, know-how transfer, assistance in setting up small and micro businesses, initial assistance for the infrastructure, fostering of self-initiatives and so on.

They have supported vocational training projects, economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups, social franchise system, solar technology and women empowerment.

2) Eligibility

Non-profit organisations (including local associations) and social entrepreneurs are eligible.

3) Location

They are working across the globe and so far have supported projects in Ethiopia, Haiti, Cambodia, Cuba, Angola, Belarus, Senegal, Indonesia, Cambodia, Chile, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, etc.

4) Budget

Grant sizes vary depending on the type of organisation and need of the project. Their annual funding volume amounts to $500,000.

5) Application 

The application process has two steps: (1) Brief description: they expect a short description of the project (not more than 1-2 pages) with the following information: applicant details, target groups, short project description with goal and expected impact, project launch date and duration, amount of total budget, amount of the required contribution and possible staggering of payments (amount and timing of payments); and (2) Detailed grant application: if the preliminary revies is favourable, they will invite the applicant to submit a more detailed application in the second stage of the process. The Board of Trustees meets several times a year. An answer in reply to Step 1 is usually given within three weeks.

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