Updated Dec 21, 2017

Oak Foundation

Offered by Oak Foundation

Oak Foundation is family-led and reflects the vision and values of its founders. In all its work Oak pursues rights-based approaches, gender equality and partnership with the organisations we fund. We support civil society as a pillar of democracy and justice and nurture innovation and visionary leadership within it. We value diversity both within Oak and among our partners; we seek to be inclusive, flexible and engage with different points of view. We believe that the best grant-making reflects both careful due diligence and the willingness to take risks.
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GrantType
Open Year RoundDeadline
From $25,000Amount
UnavailableDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionN/A
CountryN/A
Focus AreasDemocracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Environment

We do not provide support to individuals, and do not provide funding for scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate or postgraduate studies. We also do not fund religious organisations for religious purposes or election campaigns.

Except in special circumstances or in Zimbabwe, we generally do not provide programme grants under USD 25,000.


Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries

Must value the participation of people (including children) and communities.

Planned Usage of FundsStrive to collaborate with like-minded organisations.
Management TeamWe seek to support innovation, visionary leaders and organisations.

Must demonstrate good financial and organisational management.
Potential for Scale

We seek to support projects that are replicable either within a sector or across geographical locations andinclude plans for long-term sustainability, such as co-funding.

We believe in providing long-term support to our partners; we also believe that our partners benefit from having diverse funding sources to promote sustainability and to achieve the impact they desire. We generally fund no more than 50 per cent of the costs of any project or 20 per cent of organisational/programme budget.

Other

We believe in providing long-term support to our partners; we also believe that our partners benefit from having diverse funding sources to promote sustainability and to achieve the impact they desire.

We consider requests for funding that meet the overall mission and goals of the Foundation. We fund a variety of time-bound projects, core costs, technical assistance and collaborative activities. Each programme has its own funding criteria, geographic scope and requirements.

Application Directions

Not-for-profit organisations who have not been invited to apply by a programme officer can submit unsolicited requests for funding through our letter of enquiry process.Organisations who are interested in seeking a grant should submit a letter of enquiry through ouronline form.

Application And Awards Process

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Trustees, either individually or as a group. While the Board of Trustees meets twice annually, grants are considered on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.This process does not have a set time frame. It can take from two months to more than a year from the submission of a concept note to final approval, as indicated in the chart on this page. The formal application process begins only when an organisation is invited to submit an application.
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