All initiatives supported by the Foundation deal with two main issues: community and solidarity.  For more information please consult the page “Views – Ideas”.

The initiatives may concern underprivileged communities and engage them in a process of solidarity to improve their living conditions, their environment, or to make them better able to take on their collective rights and responsibilities. They may also attack the social conditions that bring about or perpetuate the lack of solidarity within or among communities. Or they may concern communities of spirit, willing to act in solidarity to defend a common issue.

Selection criteria

The Board chooses the initiatives to be supported by the Foundation, on the basis of expected results and in accordance with the Foundation’s objectives. The Board will give preference to:

  • initiatives clearly capable of reinforcing or generating solidarity in the concerned communities.
  • exemplary initiatives, capable to inspire and motivate other communities.
  • initiatives that, with a small initial support, are likely to render themselves sustainable.
  • initiatives that do not receive any other support because of their pioneering nature.
  • initiatives based on plausible working assumptions, carried out by trusted actors capable of realizing them (feasibility)

Application procedures

The Foundation collaborates with a network of qualified individuals— called Nominators— resident in over 80 countries in the world.  The Nominators connect the Foundation with the individuals, communities and organisations who are candidates to carry out supported initiatives or receive the Paul K. Feyerabend Award.  The Nominators receive the applications for support, ask questions to evaluate the initiatives, and transmit to the Foundation the applications they deem eligible and promising. All individuals, communities and organisations who have a project for which they would like to be supported by the Foundation should contact a Nominator close to them.  In case they do not know any, they should send a project concept (please no more than a few paragraphs)  to   Kindly consider that the Foundation accepts only initiatives that follow its key objectives of community solidarity and provide orthwhile benefits within and among communities.  If the concept will be considered promising the secretariat will put you in touch with a Nominator.  Regrettably, the Foundation will not be able to offer individual replies to all who will submit such concepts.

The period for submission of initiatives, nominations and concepts is 1 January – 30 April of the year concerned.
Maximum grant: 10,000 CHF for initiatives lasting one or two years.

23 Responses

  1. Wisdom Joel
    Wisdom Joel 9 May 2023 at 16 h 20 min · Reply

    This is from the head office of African youths Organization in the Gambia we saw many testimonies many applicants like us, So we are applying for partnership with this honorable Organization we will be appreciatively happy on receiving a good responds from you,
    Regards from AYO President Wisdom Joel on behalf of all African Youths Countries branches.

  2. Jonathan Ntiati
    Jonathan Ntiati 20 May 2022 at 18 h 08 min · Reply

    We are a CBO working with the most Vulnerable community, the Maasai, in the Savanna foots of Mt Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Over a long time the community solely relied on pastoralism derailing their resilience to the very unpredictable climatic conditions which harshly dictates their only pastoral fate.
    Vulnerability grew exponentially when climate change hit as loss of livestock easily turn to be the order of every season, and the risk was too high due to poor Pastoral activities like over grazing. There was hence need to diversify sources of income by encouraging and embracing new pastoralism techniques, strategic and adaptable crop production. Having lived in community land where land ownership was communally owned the community had experienced poor land management (tragedy of the commons).
    The devastating results brought about by all the above elements, necessitated a funded innovative partnership to help this particular community bounce back to life by embracing workable and sustainable general agricultural practices ranging from sustainable livestock keeping, strategic crop production and a market oriented bee keeping.

    Thank you.

  3. ZOHOU Comlanvi
    ZOHOU Comlanvi 19 July 2021 at 13 h 41 min · Reply

    Nous sommes une Association en Développement culturel (Loi 1901) œuvrant également dans le secteur communautaire. Nous nous proposons de renforcer les capacités des femmes rurales des communautés rurales à partir du nouveau code foncier et domanial promulgué en Juin 2018 ,afin de permettre à ces dernières d’accéder à la terre sur le même pied d’égalité que les hommes. Ce genre de requête peut elle être financée par votre Organisation?

  4. Ongom Rufino
    Ongom Rufino 28 May 2021 at 11 h 29 min · Reply

    Thank you very much for your wonderful grants support especially for vulnerable communities in Africa. We have been supporting people living with HIV/AIDS in Lango region very much affected with northern Uganda rebellion and civil wars,Now we intend to improve our environment and communities health through communities health outreaches but lack funding,therefore could you financially support us as a small CBO to restart and improve the lives of our vulnerable people during this CORONA 19 effect since many people now fear gong for vaccination

  5. Yuly Isamar Tenorio Barragán
    Yuly Isamar Tenorio Barragán 19 April 2021 at 1 h 06 min · Reply

    Saludos desde Ecuador .

    Solicitamos su apoyo para el “OBSERVATORIO DE LOS DERECHOS DE LA NATURALEZA Y DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS EN EL CHOCÓ ANDINO”, que tiene como finalidad contribuir mediante la observación a la elaboración de diagnósticos, informes, reportes con independencia y criterios técnicos, científicos y jurídicos, para impulsar, evaluar, monitorear y vigilar el cumplimiento de los derechos de la Naturaleza y los derechos humanos en las políticas públicas, obras y proyectos en la Mancomunidad de la bio-región del Chocó Andino (MCA), territorio ancestral del pueblo Yumbo conformado por 7 parroquias rurales del noroccidente de la provincia de Pichincha: Calacalí, Gualea, Nanegal, Nanegalito, Nono, Pacto del cantón Quito y Mindo del cantón San Miguel de los Bancos.
    La política pública a observar son los derechos de la Naturaleza y los derechos humanos, las líneas de acción es la generación de conocimiento a través de la investigación comunitaria, científica y jurídica, la educación, la comunicación, la capacitación y la sistematización de información sobre temas relacionados con los Derechos Económicos, Sociales, Culturales y Ambientales (DESCA), los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS), los derechos constitucionales de la Naturaleza y los derechos humanos reconocidos y garantizados por la Constitución de la República del Ecuador.
    La (MAC) está ubicada al Norte del Ecuador en la Cordillera Occidental de los Andes, se asienta en la subcuenca del río Guayllabamba que forma parte de la cuenca hidrográfica del río Esmeraldas, dentro de dos “hotspots” o puntos calientes de biodiversidad. Su importancia biológica y cultural ha conducido a la declaratoria de 1 Bosque Modelo (RIABM), 4 Áreas de Importancia para la Conservación de las Aves (IBAs), 12 Bosques Protectores, 4 Áreas de Conservación y Uso Sostenible Municipales (ACUS), 1 Corredor Ecológico del Oso Andino (CEOA), 1 iniciativa privada parte del Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas y 7.650 hectáreas con convenios de conservación bajo el Programa Nacional Socio Bosque.

    Yuly Isamar Tenorio Barragán, Oswaldo Milton Arsiniegas Fuertes, Martha Del Rocío Arauz Jaramillo, Estefanía Camila Mafla Endara, Ynti Felipe Arcos Torres, Julio Miguel Cabezas Pinto, Byron Zavier Escobar Merizalde, Carla Daniela Balarezo Bustillos, Geraldina Soledad Guerra Garcés, Kevin Marcelo Zuñiga Ortiz y Javier Vicente Rodríguez Ramírez.

    Notificaciones que nos correspondan las recibiremos en el correo electrónico

  6. Keghah Roger
    Keghah Roger 12 April 2021 at 9 h 40 min · Reply

    Community Agriculture and Environmental Protection Association-Cameroon was founded by a group of women seeking to improve their agricultural production systems by making them environment friendly and sustainable especially. Later they realized the linkage between natural resource rights, and climate and environmental justice. They also realised there was a connection between land degradation, poverty and violence against women and HIV and AIDS. They included fighting against violence in the programmes. Since 2009, its activities have expanded to address issues of natural resource rights, climate and environmental justice, and their connection to land degradation, poverty and violence against women/girls and HIV and AIDS. Please can you link us up with a nominator for our project women climate justice solutions in Agriculture? Look forward to reading from you

  7. Claudymar Colmenares
    Claudymar Colmenares 10 November 2020 at 3 h 51 min · Reply

    Hola! Feliz noche! formo parte de una A.C llamada Consorcio Desarrollo y Justicia, organización que se encarga de crear proyectos e iniciativas para la defensa de los DDHH en las comunidades vulnerables en Venezuela, además de promover la cultura indígena del país, en este momento tenemos una iniciativa que trata sobre la importancia de los niños indigo en comunidades desasistidas para el crecimiento de una mejor nación, dar a conocer acerca de ellos y ayudar a formarse.

    Nos gustaría contar con su ayuda para la realización de este proyecto.

    Saludos desde Carcas, Venezuela

  8. NIYOMUGABO Ildephonse
    NIYOMUGABO Ildephonse 8 October 2020 at 16 h 30 min · Reply

    Je m’appelle NIYOMUGABO Ildephonse, Representant Legal de l’organisation HCDO (Hope for Community Development Organization) qui est une Organisation Non Gouvernementale (ONG) des peuples autochtone Batwa du Rwanda, en Afrique centrale et de l’Est. Le HCDO a pour mission de promouvoir le développement socio-économique durable et la protection des droits humains des groupes marginalisés et vulnérables (GMV) du Rwanda en particulier ceux des peuples autochtones Batwa. Nous sollicitons un appui financier pour améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle à travers leur savoir traditionnel et initiative de l’Agriculture et de l’élevage de petit bétail car les Batwa du Rwanda vivent Actuellement dans l’extrême pauvreté de l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnel, de la mauvaise hygiène corporel et sanitaire, de médiocre logement, du manque de terre, de l’ignorance de leurs droits et d’analphabétisme très élevé et continue à être discriminée et marginalisée et plus défavorisée au sein de la société rwandaise

  9. Michael Ariamba
    Michael Ariamba 24 April 2020 at 22 h 00 min · Reply

    Dear sir
    Greetings to you from save society Foundation (SSF), in South Sudan. We registered organization in the Republic of South Sudan and working at community levels in the areas of Human rights, Wash, agriculture, income generation activities and empowering women and girls in South Sudan .
    Therefore we are interested to work with you in partnership
    Please send to us the guidelines and application form to us so that we can apply to you.

    Please we would like to hear from you
    Thank you
    Yours sincerely
    Michael Ariamba
    Executive director
    Save society Foundation (SSF)
    South Sudan Juba

  10. Swaleh Maneno
    Swaleh Maneno 22 April 2020 at 23 h 29 min · Reply

    We are minor CBO opted to deal with the environmental strategies and social services in our communty.
    We request your financial support in order to participate effectively in the projects of natural Forests conservation.
    We are looking forward to hearing your soon.
    Kind regerds!

    The Environment Friends Institute-Enfri
    Mwakizega Village,

  11. BUCUMI Mathernos
    BUCUMI Mathernos 15 January 2020 at 13 h 21 min · Reply

    je m’appelle BUCUMI Mathernos, je suis burundais et vis à Bujumbura. Je suis coordinateur au sein d’une association locale denommée ONKIDI (Organisation Nkurikira pour les Initiatives de Développement INtégral) qui intervient en faveur des jeunes et familles vulnérables. Je cherche un financement auprès de la fondation K Paul K Feyerabend pour la formation en mécanique automobile au profit des jeunes éjectés par le systèmes éducatif c’est à dire ceux qui ne sont parvenus à terminer leurs études secondaires pour des raisons diverses comme la pauvreté, la guerre qui a sécoué notre pays le Burundi depuis 1993, ou le système éducatif lui-même. Cette formation en mécanique automobile leur permettra de se développer .

    Pourriez vous nous donner le nominateur le plus proche pour que nous soyons en contact avec lui.
    Franche collaboration.

  12. Maheswar Ghimire
    Maheswar Ghimire 3 June 2019 at 11 h 13 min · Reply

    We are a small NGO in Nepal called SECARD Nepal. We work primarily on Sustainable Agriculture and related issues directly to it. One of the major area of interest is Indigenous Knowledge and Technologies. Due to growing gap between the people, the knowledge system develop by the people may get disappear. Such knowledge would be plant varieties, soil fertility management techniques, plant protection methods e.t.c. We do not know any nominator. If you think is possible to collaborate with us for such type of information collection, dissemination, application, theory building and validation please let us know.

  13. MAJYAMBERE FLorent
    MAJYAMBERE FLorent 21 April 2019 at 15 h 44 min · Reply

    Dear sir,

    We are a association of environment protection and eco-tourism in Rwanda , Western province, can you send to us a format for requesting a grant?
    Our email:

  14. Jacques ISONGO
    Jacques ISONGO 10 March 2019 at 20 h 50 min · Reply

    Nous sommes l’ONG CTIDD, une ONG qui travaille en République Démocratique du Congo, Afrique Centrale.

    Actuellement nous travaillons sur un projet d’appui à la mise en place de deux concessions des forets de communauté locale dans les forêts de SIMBA et de BOLANBGA dans le secteur de BOLOMBA, Territoire de BOLOMBA province de l’EQUATEUR qui est dans sa prémière phase qui consiste à la structuration des communautés on passant l’identification des tenant des droits foncier et forestier dans les deux, les dialogues communautaires et la mise en place des organes communautaires de gestion avec l’appui financier du Full Circle Foundation.

    Alors nous voulons contacter la Fondation Paul K. Feyerabend pour avoir un appui qui pourrait nous aider à la formation des organes communautaires que nous sommes en train de mettre en place dans la 1. la compréhension des statuts, Règlement intérieur, leurs missions et d’autres aspects liées à leurs missions qui est la défense et la protection de leurs forêts et terres que nous allons sécuriser.

    Sur ce nous voulons entrer en contacte avec un nominateurs le plus proche de chez nous Afrique, en République Démocratique du Congo pour que celui-ci porte notre initiative à la fondations.
    Franche collaboration

  15. Natalia Kosia
    Natalia Kosia 24 April 2018 at 19 h 10 min · Reply

    Our organisation is home based NGO in Sierra Leone, West Africa. We are working on development issues on must vulnerable communities on Western Rural and Urban Areas of Freetown. We are seeking partnership and funding on Emergency-Community Bridge Construction Project for the six effected communities by mudslide 14 August 2017.
    Please could you send more informed about your funding process.
    Best regards,
    Natalia Kosia
    Country Director
    SOCRC, S/L

  16. Harding Mac-Boima
    Harding Mac-Boima 7 August 2017 at 11 h 50 min · Reply

    Our organization is community based organization working the advancement of women, children and youth rights in Sierra Leone.
    We are kindly asking support from Paul K. Feyerabend to support our concept note on ” RURAL YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH AGRICU;TURAL CORPORATIVE IN kORI cHIEFDOM, MOYAMBA DISTRICT, SIERRA LEONE WITHIN TWO YEARS”

  17. AHISSOU Gohoungo Eugène
    AHISSOU Gohoungo Eugène 4 December 2016 at 15 h 59 min · Reply

    Nous aimerions vous proposer un projet de construction d’un marché flottant de vente des produits de pêche sur le lac Nokoué au Bénin.
    Vous voudriez bien nous envoyer le formulaire de proposition de projet.
    Nous sommes une organisation de jeunes ADVOCACY-ONG.
    Dans l’espoir de vous lire bientot nous vous remercions.
    AHISSOU Gohoungo Eugène
    Directeur exécutif

    Elidad UWIRINGIYIMANA 10 September 2016 at 18 h 06 min · Reply

    We are NGO called Vie et Evironnement Rwanda working in the area of environment are involved in many activities related to Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) sector which encompassing the following sub-sectors (Environment, Lands, Water Resources Management, Mines and Forestry). We are seeking partnership or funding from you to support these issue in Rwanda and improve the living conditions of habitant, could you send us your funding guide lines and form

    With best regard


  19. Wondwosen Abera
    Wondwosen Abera 23 January 2016 at 13 h 11 min · Reply

    I am PhD candidate at Addis Ababa university (Ethiopia) and I intended to do my dissertation on synergy between scientific and indigenous soil fertility management practices, could you send me you’r research grant application guide line and let me to compete

    With best regard
    Wondwosen Abera

  20. Ma Yalala Mary
    Ma Yalala Mary 20 December 2015 at 10 h 03 min · Reply

    Thank s or t work you are doing. am writing from Kasese District women with disabilities. Please a lot has been done. could you send us your funding guide lines.

  21. LEILA Majipimo
    LEILA Majipimo 6 November 2015 at 15 h 59 min · Reply

    Large part of the people involved in urban agriculture is the urban poor. Contrary to general belief they are often not recent immigrants from rural areas (since the urban farmer needs time to get access to urban land, water and other productive resources). In many cities, one will often also find lower and mid-level government officials, school teachers and the like involved in agriculture, as well as richer people who are seeking a good investment for their capital.
    Women constitute an important part of urban farmers, since agriculture and related processing and selling activities, among others, can often be more easily combined with their other tasks in the household. It is however more difficult to combine it with urban jobs that require traveling to the town center, industrial areas or to the houses of the rich.

  22. Lukman A. Tahiru
    Lukman A. Tahiru 25 September 2014 at 18 h 51 min · Reply

    We are just a start up NGO working in the area of water, sanitation hygiene and environment. We are seeking partnership or funding from you to support solve the water and sanitation woes of Ghana.

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