Deadline: All year round
Who we are
Oak Foundation is governed by a six-member Board of Trustees that includes: Caroline Turner, Chair; Kristian Parker, Vice Chair; Natalie Shipton, Vice Chair; Christopher Parker, Jette Parker and Alan Parker. An Advisory Panel also supports the Foundation’s work on a range of grant-making issues. Current members are Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson (President of Oak Foundation), Gary Goodman (Secretary to Oak Foundation), William Norris and Julie Sandorf.
Issues we fund grants on
Child abuse, environment, Housing and homelessness, International human rights, Issues affecting women, Learning differences, Special interest, Denmark, Zimbabwe
How to Apply
Our criteria for funding
Oak Foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding through a letter of enquiry. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Review Oak Foundation’s criteria for funding
Read Oak Foundation’s criteria for funding, review previous grants in our grant database and assess whether your organisation meets the general requirements of the Foundation.
Step 2: Read Programme requirements
Each programme has its own goals, geographic scope, funding restrictions and requirements for funding. Please read our programme pages for details.
Step 3: Submit a request for funding
Organisations who are interested in seeking a grant should submit a letter of enquiry through our online form.
We will respond within three months if we require further information or if the applicant is invited to submit a formal proposal. Unfortunately, due to the volume of requests that we receive if you do not receive a reply, please assume your enquiry was not accepted.
We would be most appreciative if you do not contact the Foundation directly to discuss your request. For initial contact, please do not telephone or visit the offices. Thank you for your understanding.
We respond to requests for support from organisations working in our areas of interest. Unsolicited requests for funding come to us as a letter of enquiry. Programme officers will invite an organisation to submit a concept note and/or complete an application for funding.
For programme officers to make the best possible recommendation for funding, they strive to gain the most comprehensive view of the organisation, its board members, the project and finances. Therefore, we have a rigorous due diligence and selection process, which includes extensive discussions, financial reviews and site visits.
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 letter of enquiry or concept note to final approval, as indicated in the chart on this page.
Timing depends on a number of factors, but we work to ensure the most efficient process possible. After the initial approval of a concept note, organisations are encouraged to reach out to programme officers to learn about the grant-making process and the stages of the application.
The lines of communication between the programme officer and the organisations are always open – it is a collaborative effort.
Oak Foundation’s main office is in Geneva. We have several other offices that are located to serve our various programmes. For initial contact, please do not telephone or visit the offices.
Oak Philanthropy Ltd.
Sofia Representative Office
32 William Gladstone Street
Office 6, 2nd floor
Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Oak Philanthropy Ltd.
(India liaison office)
1 st Floor
12,Haralal Das Street
Near Entally Market
Kolkata – 700014
Joint India Programme
Oak Philanthropy (UK) Limited
2nd Floor, 43 Palace Street
Housing and Homeless
International Human Rights
Oak Philanthropy Ltd
Case Postale 115
58, Avenue Louis Casaï
Issues Affecting Women
Oak Foundation USA
55 Vilcom Center Drive, Suite 340
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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