Which are the Banks that Give Grants to NGOs?

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Banks are known to give loans- even micro-loans for development projects around the world. But do they also give free and flexible grants to NGOs? The answer is yes! Many international banks have full-fledged corporate philanthropy programs to financially support community welfare projects in poor and developing countries. In fact, some of these banks have also set up independent foundations that handle disbursement of grants to NGOs.

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However, before trying to know more about the grant-giving programs of the banks, it is important to throw light on the existing relationship between private banks and NGOs. Environmental and human rights organizations, which have been at the forefront in protesting against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, have also often taken some of international banks to task for funding large dam projects and harmful industrial plants especially in developing countries. In fact, the Citi Bank was once declared as “The Most Destructive Bank in the World” by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Banks have also been criticized for spending too little on charity. In December 2012, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) published a report called “Take and Give: The Crimes and Philanthropy of Banks of America, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.” The report analyzes the charity giving practices of four major banks of the United States and concludes that their grant-making money was less than 0.16 percent of their overall revenue. Besides, these banks consider their loans to nonprofits also as part of their charity program.

Nevertheless, it is important not to ignore banks as potential source of funding for NGOs especially when there are few choices left to raise money. We have compiled a list of these banks and their grant programs. Only those banks are listed which have full-fledged international grant programs and that are willing to consider proposals for funding from NGOs.

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We have covered bank foundations such as Macquarie Group Foundation, Citi Foundation, the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Barclays Support for Communities, the RBS PeopleCharity, Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for Solidarity, the Royal Bank of Canada’s Community and Sustainability Program and the American Express Corporate Social Responsibility.

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  1. Dear Sir:

    I run a social enterprise in the human settlements’ development

    sector. I am currently engaged with a Vusumuzi informal settlement

    in Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa. There are approximately 12000 families in this informal

    settlement. And they all are buying into my initiative, to build them

    decent housing. I am currently in preparation of a formal enumeration.

    Social enterprises do have a profit motive. The profits are only channeled

    back the community, and not distributed among directors.

    As a new business, I am using personal resources. But I have a full

    business plan. I am looking at securing some funding, in the form of a loan,

    to smoothen the running of my operations.

    During the building process, I intend to use a green

    technology called Rammed Earth. I will be happy to give
    more details into this work. Thank you very much.


    Oded S. Maramwidze (EngTech)
    Founder & President, Humane Human Settlements NPC
    No. 9 Le Bourget Avenue
    Bonaero Park 1619
    Other Involvements: Member, Unashamedly Ethical

  2. Hi
    My name is Ayandah, I am doing my internship as a PR practitioner at KwaMashu Christian Care Society in durban which is an NGO, that assists the eldery who have no one to take care of them as some of them are at tgheir last days. We are currently short of funds to carry on with the building since more elderly people are being brought to the centre. With your reply to this brief, i would gladly email you the proposal and we can take it from there.

    i hope this request would reach your expectations, and you would reply to this
    thank you

  3. Avatar DailtyAid Community Project says

    We are a non governmental organization working with women young girls and boys in the slums of Kisumu, Kenya. We are interested in partnership with organization who can support the live hood of young men and women so as to impact skills training in the informal sector. The youth unemployment in the area is high and men young men and women end up being criminals at a very tender age.

    We are looking for partnership and volunteers who can reach out on areas of entrepreneurship to impact skills to the young men and women

  4. Avatar Roshan Fernando says

    We are from SrI Lanka.
    Sri Lanka got a grnt form World Bank for sustainable tourism development project (Sustainable Tourism Development Project IDA Credit No 4702 LK)

    A Sri Lankan government owned bank ( Peoples Bank) has selected as Administrative bank which is highly inefficient

    I have formulated project proposal complacently on line with World Bank objectives of the grant manly GREEN, WATER EFFICIENT, ENERGY, CARBON REDUCTION etc.

    The proposal is submitted to ANURADAPURA (Sri Lanka) Regional office of the said Peoples Bank, When I inquired about the proposal from the Regional manager, answer was he was not aware.

    However after few weeks, I was told they couldn’t understand the project proposal.

    This may be due to two reason, as I understand

    !. Peoples Bank (Sri Lanka), which is not a development bank,(only a retailer) is not competent enough to evaluate the proposal, based on Energy,green ,water efficient etc.
    2. Usually Peoples Bank officers expecting reward for their work as commission of recipients

    This is good issue to consider for Environmental and human rights organizations, which have been at the forefront in protesting against the World Bank and other such organization


  5. Avatar Anthony Yonzon says

    We have grassroot organizatio -Himalayan Rural Development Social Service & Welfare Organization at Kurseong in the Dist. of Darjeeling-India regieterd under West Bengal Society Act 1961 bearing Regn No S/1 L / 60098 of 2009-10.

    Our society has been working in the field of sustainable socio-economic and environmental development for last few years, the activities that we have taken so far on our own and in partnership with other NGOs, & Govt. Depatartments are, relief work, Rural Sports (PYKKA), youth activities, National Integration Camp [NIC], National Environmental Awareness Campaign [NEAC] National Child Labour Project[NCLP], Right to Food Campaign [RTF],Vocational Training camp for women [VTC],Plantation, Awareness, Scholarship for poor students, and so. We have received a District Award from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt of India for the year 2012 in appreciation of noteworthy service performance given by the this organization in the field of Community Development and Youth Service for the year 2-11-12. Our Main target Area of working is the Rural Areas of the Hills of Darjeeling under West Bengal-INDIA.

    hence we be grateful if you could kindly advice us & help us to achieve our goals in the days to come as per your kind convenience.
    Thanking you

    Anthony Yonzon

  6. Avatar Gideon M. Machage says

    Gideon Machage Says:

    I am an Executive Director with Kashog-Karagwe Youth Development Association (KAKAYODA)

    It is a non governmental organization which started way back 2002 as a Community based organization. By then our programs targeted out of school youth in order to alleviate poverty amongst them. The project area are two districts called Karagwe and Kyerwa at Kagera Region in Tanzania.

    1.0 On 25th March 2008 KAKAYODA got its official registration under Tanzanians laws for registration of Civil Societies Certificate number SO: 15670.
    2.0 AIMS:-
    Main objective is to fight poverty amongst the youth; specific ones being:-
    The NGO seeks to work hard with the Youth of Tanzania to acquire the following social – economic objectives.
    1. To alleviate poverty from amongst the Youth.
    2. To educate the Youth so that they control their environment for the better.
    3. To equip the Youth with financial assistance to establish economic projects.
    4. To counsel the Youth to avoid and bad habits like drug abuse habits, heavy drinking, prostitution, theft, etc
    5. To fight disease abounding the Youth like Malaria, Venereal disease, HIV and Aids, T.B. etc.
    6. Counsel the Youth on family and children care and nutritional programs.
    7. To conserve environment.
    8. To assist Orphans from AIDS and handicapped Youth get education and medical care.
    9. To promote culture, sports and entertainment among the Youth.

    In order to achieve the aforesaid objectives, the Organization will perform the following activities.
    1. To help the Youth establish economic project that will assist them fight poverty like agriculture, and Animal husbandry.
    2. To establish counseling centers, that will educate youth on the fight against dangerous diseases like Malaria, Tuberculosis, Venereal Diseases, AIDS;
    3. To seek funding from NGO’s Donor Agencies, Government institutions and will wishers for establishment and sustaining various projects.
    4. Establish a Revolving fund with which to offer soft loans to Youth.
    5. To help the Youth establish environmental related projects eg. Beekeeping
    6. To probe for markets of products by Youth
    7. To pay schools fees for Orphans and poor hand capped youth.
    8. To purchase helping equipment for hand capped Youth.
    9. To extend social services to badly affected youth like housing, medical and clothing facilities.
    10. To assist the Youth get extension services for Agricultural and animal husbandry projects.
    11. To assist the Youth get free legal counseling on matters related to sexual and marital abuses.
    12. To offer cultural and spots gear to the youth.

    Please can I get details how to apply the grant assistance from the Bank which can help our Youths NGO.

    Hoping to hear from you.

    Thanks in advance.

    Gideon Machage
    Executive Director-KAKAYODA

  7. Avatar Ashish K Bardhan says

    Re: Request for joint venture for FOOD SECURITY (through a special Environment friendly Agri-Technology) for the Tribal Women communities, who are in vulnerable situations.

    Dear Friend,
    We take the opportunity to introduce ourselves as an NGO, whose aim is to fight against hunger and injustice. Since 2002, we are trying to work with the poor and marginalized tribal people of West Bengal. We are working with local communities to address collectively the people’s movements, hunger, inequity and injustice.

    We are reaching out with the target groups, through NHGs (Neighbourhood Groups) of which, mostly are poor and marginalized, belong to tribal communities, supporting them in their struggle to access their rights to food, shelter, education, healthcare and human security and helping them have their voice in the development decisions affecting their lives and livelihood.

    As we are working with the Tribal and other backward communities at the Purulia and East Singhbhum districts of West Bengal and Jharkhand, that is why, we would like to propose the FOOD SECURITY, program by using a special technology, which is considered to be a system of irrigated rice crop management through which production can be substantially increased by effective changes in and integration of the management of plants, soil, water and nutrients. The system is likely to make rice cultivation more sustainable, enhancing rice production without heavy dependence on modern high-cost inputs, reducing costs of production. Being environmental friendly, the system is also quite accessible by resource-poor farmers, while its increases in yield enhance their food security.

    The overall objective of this project is to empower key food security stakeholders for enabling them to participate in decision making and participatory process,
    Specific objectives are inter alias,
    ● to strengthen the capabilities of women smallholders’ farmers through aimed capacity building, so that they can directly contribute to their own food security,
    ● to develop and implement exemplary actions aimed at attaining availability and accessibility to food, and
    ● to improve the exchange of information, experience and knowledge within smallholder women farmers for food production.

    We look forward to hear from your end.

    Thank you,

    Ashish K Bardhan
    Member Secretary,

  8. Avatar Olubunmi Ogunniyi says

    This is highly commendable. We will appreciate it better if futher informations can be released.


    hi sir

    congratulations for your achievements really you are working well for the betterment of
    lower class community and working with good will but it is too reminded you that please you must focus on root level organizations those are working well mean you must consider the community based organizations with the good check and balance I think in the you find good change in the environment .

  10. Avatar STEPHEN KALYANGO says

    Mukama Afaayo parents of children with learning Disabilities (MAPCLD)Is an NGO in Uganda helping parents who have kids with learning disability by giving them support finacially to takecare of the childrens many needs as well as provision of learning materials,food and medication amongest others
    We are looking for support to achieve this our goal. We would appreciate your support and ideas on the same