APPLY: Turing Foundation funding for education projects in developing countries

Young pupils in an elementary school in Madagascar

APPLY: Turing Foundation funding for education projects in developing countries

Deadline: Anytime (All year round)


Areas: Education


The Turing Foundation strives to offer children and young people in developing countries the kind of education that can help them structurally, encourage their independence and autonomy, and make them better able to contribute to their communities.

The Turing Foundation regards education as a means to offer people new opportunities in their lives in a constructive, structural and respectful way. Moreover, education benefits not only the individual, but also his environment and society as a whole. It can be seen as a sustainable method of poverty reduction.

Application procedures for education

Applications for financial support of education projects can be submitted by email or normal post.
Please make sure you include a fully completed project summary.

We only support projects that match our objectives and meet our conditions. There is no point in submitting an application that does not conform to our policies and criteria.


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We will confirm to have received your information and will contact you for more details if we find your project matches our grant making policies. Information sent to us will not be returned.


We thank you in advance for your understanding.


Policy focus:

We aim to increase access to high-quality education in selected developing countries. We focus on:

  • primary education (from the age of 6);
  • secondary education;
  • and vocational training, as a specific area of interest.


We only consider applications for educational projects in the following African countries:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinee, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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General terms and conditions:


  • Furthermore, it is important to us that:
    • the projects are carried and/or executed by a local organisation with a strong leadership and a track record of similar projects;
    • the project fits the local needs and possibilities, the request is based on a local initiative, and the target group itself states the exact need;
    • the executive organisation and the target group each contribute to the project (by bearing part of the expenses or labour, for example);
    • the projects do not aim at specific, limited target groups such as orphans, street children, AIDS orphans et cetera.


  • The following exceptions apply:
    • Individuals: we only accept donation requests from organisations, institutions and groups;
    • Special needs education: we only support projects that aim at general education;
    • Educational projects for children under the age of 6;
    • Projects focused on university level education.


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  • We give preference to educational projects that focus on:
    • schools that have a solid management;
    • quality improvement of the school management;
    • teacher training;
    • girls, because of their disadvantaged situation in education in many countries;
    • education that teaches about sustainability in one’s immediate environment;
    • contributing to the realisation of independent middle classes;
    • preventing brain drain, since we consider education to be a contribution to the community as a whole.
  • We prefer to fund projects that also receive financial support from other sources. Our “education” grants will therefore mostly consist of a partial funding.


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Specific terms and conditions:

  • Building projects are only funded if a solid plan outlining the first six years of running costs is available, and a provision for the building’s maintenance is included.
  • Vocational training projects are only funded if these include short vocational training programmes, work placements and job mediation.
  • Projects aimed at the supply of books/other educational tools are only funded if they include teacher training in order to realise the effective use of these educational tools.
  • ICT is regarded as an educational tool. We do not fund the implementation of ICT at schools as a purpose in itself.
  • We will not usually fund local organisations directly, but rather through a Dutch partner organisation. Only in special circumstances when a local initiative has exceptional references from Turing Foundation partners will they be considered for direct funding.


Your contact for Education is:

Turing Foundation
Minke van Rees, director
Herengracht 514
1017 CC Amsterdam
The Netherlands


For an impression of projects previously funded by the Turing Foundation, please see the general page on education.

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Project Summary


Every application must include a project summary, which lists the following information (brief and to the point, please):

  • Name of your organisation;
  • Website of your organisation;
  • Contact (name, phone, e-mail address);
  • Short text on your organisation (objectives, size, established when and where);
  • Name of the project;
  • Brief description of the project (mentioning project partners);
  • Total project budget;
  • Total amount of money requested from the Turing Foundation;
  • Overview of funds/current applications for this project (mentioning the budget deficit).


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Kunlere Idowu

Kunlere is an environment and sustainable development strategist with years of active experience in environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement. You may follow him on Twitter via @kunlere_idowu



  1. Alonzo Dorian Dixon, ll 8 months ago February 11, 2017

    I am Alonzo Dorian Dixon ll, a disabled (physically challenged) and running a my own disabled people organization ensuring that child, youth, young adults, women and men with disabilities received;
    Quality Education, Employment, Right Justice & Health Care and Accessibility. I am very happy to hear about your organization for this project and l anticipate to be granted with this grant to help improve the lives of children with disabilities through education.

    My organization name: Foundation for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.

    Contact #: +231-555-731-458/+231-777-645-749

    • Kunlere Idowu 8 months ago February 14, 2017

      Thank you for your comment Alonzo Dorian Dixon, II.

      First, we are proud of brave people like you. Because of such exploits that you do, our world is a better place. Keep up the good work.

      If you are from any of the listed countries, please, do apply for funding for your organization.

      Else, go through this site, to see any other scholarship or funding opportunity that may suit your current needs.

      If you need further clarifications, professional advice or assistance with your application or on any other professional matter, please, don’t hestitate to contact us. We are here to serve you…. @, we are happy when we succeed together.

  2. MWIMA ERIEZAL 8 months ago February 12, 2017


    • Kunlere Idowu 8 months ago February 14, 2017

      The pleasure is ours, Mwima Eriezal.
      We wish you the very best.

      Please, don’t hesitate to always visit this site for opportunities that suit you current needs, and for your friends too.

  3. Roma charles bwanaroma 8 months ago February 13, 2017

    The programmes are good only that you are being selective in the countries who can benefit like my country Malawi is not on the list so am not sure if you are about helping all Africa or just the selected few thanx.

    Roma charles Bwanaroma

    • Kunlere Idowu 8 months ago February 14, 2017

      Thank you Roma Charles Bwanaroma for you comment.

      Sorry about that, the organizers must have their reasons for not including some countries.
      However, there are many other scholarships and opportunities on this website, and elsewhere that Malawi and other countries are eligible for.
      We will particularly encourage you to spare a few minutes to surf this page and see which other scholarship fits your needs. Cheers


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