Donor: DEAR Foundation
Application procedure: Concept Note
Donor base: Switzerland
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Religion & Faith
  • Social Inclusion
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania

  2. America

      Haiti, Honduras

  3. Asia

      China, Palestine, Russian Federation


1) Objective 

The DEAR Foundation Switzerland helps people in need, particularly with a particular emphasis on women and children. They do this by supporting humanitarian projects, focused on education and empowerment. It provides grants to projects in support of children and women. For this, the Foundation works in the following programmatic areas:

  • Education: Enabling self-determination by improving access to education and vocational training for women and children, especially those from marginalized populations.
  • Health: Pomoting breast cancer awareness through the worldwide DearMamma Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and the free DearMamma App; Financing medical equipment and facilitating access to health services for impoverished communities; Providing training for nurses and carers; Supporting access to psycho-social service; Fighting female genital mutilation (FGM); Promoting family planning programs
  •  Child protection: Fight against the exploitation of children by working closely with education and training providers to ensure pathways out of poverty; Fight against child labour; Protection of children from sexual exploitation and early marriage; Psycho-social support for children
  • Promoting women’s rights: Providing safe spaces for women; Empowering women of all cultural and religious backgrounds through education
  • Economic Empowerment: Breaking cycles of poverty through education and training; Creating employment opportunities
    Providing leadership training; Supporting women to establish and grow small businesses through microloan programs; Promoting women’s networks to support their individual independence
  • Encouraging peaceful coexistence between religions: Supporting institutions actively engaged in creating peaceful coexistence between communities of diverse religious backgrounds; Working towards a world where religion, tolerance, and respect for the ‘others’ go hand-in-hand; High morals and a strong sense of humanity guide us to make ethical decisions and act with compassion and integrity

2) Eligibility 

The DEAR Foundation allocates funds for: (1) organizations that offer evidence of their sustainability, including their projects’ measurable outcomes and intended impact on the resolution of the problem at hand; (2) applying organizations must be non-governmental and submit documentation regarding their lawful registration in their country (countries) of operation; (3) at least three years must have passed since the applying organizations’ inception; (4) applying organizations must submit copies of their last two audited financial reports; (5) organizations that can provide upfront an overall business plan of their activities for the next 3 coming years; (6) giving is limited to one of the following areas: education, health, child protection, promotion of women’s rights, economic empowerment, and encouraging peaceful coexistence between religions without exclusion of other religions.

3) Location 

They are currently supporting projects worldwide, with a particular focus in Africa and Israel/Palestine. Past funded projects are based in Africa (e.g. Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Ghana, Tanzania, and South Africa), Asia (e.g. India, Russia and China) and Latin America (e.g. Haiti, Honduras).

4) Budget 

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5) Application 

The DEAR Foundation Switzerland does not accept unsolicited applications for funding. Enquiries regarding financial support for projects that are relevant to The DEAR Foundation Switzerland’s fields of action, and which meet the eligibility criteria below, can be sent to info(a)thedearfoundation.ch. Shortlisted organisations will be invited to submit an application and provided with further information on the process.

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