Donor: Lemelson Foundation
Application procedure: Letter of Inquiry
Donor base: United States
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%


  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Economic Development
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Other
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • 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, 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, 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, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

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

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

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


1) Objective 

The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention based enterprises in the US and developing countries. The Foundation works with partners and supports projects that inspire youth to become inventors, stimulate and provide invention and entrepreneurship education, and support the launch, earliest incubation and mentoring of invention-based enterprises.

Their focus areas are:

  • Education: Developing STEM-based, invention education
  • Entrepreneurship: Supporting ecosystems for invention-based businesses from incubation to market
  • Ecosystems: Fostering regional invention ecosystems for stronger economies
  • Climate: Leveraging the tools of invention and innovation to improve our climate

2) Eligibility 

Non-profit organisations are eligible to apply.

3) Location 

Outside the United States, they fund initiatives in developing countries across the globe (i.e., India and West Africa – focus on technology, climate change is funded globally)..

4) Budget 

The Foundation’s level of project funding varies depending on the type of organisation and need of the project. Applicants must provide a budget and budget narrative.

5) Application

Foundation funding is typically by invitation-only from the Foundation staff (partners usually tend to be US-based foundations). However, they also welcome applications from ‘new’ partners if they are consistent with the Foundation’s strategy and approach. Potential applicants are advised to submit a preliminary inquiry with a brief concept note of their project idea to the Foundation’s program staff. If invited for a full-fledged proposal, a standard application and budget format are sent to applicants. The proposal review process usually takes around 6 months. The Foundation is particularly interested in establishing long-term partnerships and making long-term financial commitments. There are no deadlines.

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