Selection Criteria

To ensure our projects are well designed and run – and lead to lasting change – we choose partners that share our values, enjoy an excellent reputation and have an in-depth understanding of local conditions.

We support projects with a high expected impact on our defined target groups in our focus areas. We also believe that diverse and strong teams are key to successful projects, and we consider the power and capabilities of partners in our evaluation of various proposals.
This is because we not only support selected associations by granting funding, but also by giving them access to the broad expertise of selected experts. As a result, they will be able to arrive at effective conclusions and solutions.

Please note that we do not fund:

  • Projects that don’t fit with our strategy or don’t contribute to our impact goals in our focus areas
  • Animal-focussed projects (unless related to biodiversity)
  • One-of-a-kind projects that aren’t sustainable
  • Individual study (eg further education, scholarships, stipends, professional development, theses, post-doctoral qualifications)
  • Political or religious organisations or campaigns
  • Sports*
  • Events such as congresses, seminars, exhibitions, anniversaries or fundraisers*
  • Marketing or gifts
  • Media, print publications, audio projects or film productions*

*Unless in connection with a supported project