Applications to World Diabetes Foundation funding are now submitted via Submittable. Applications sent via e-mail will no longer be accepted. Read instructions and background below, then create an account and APPLY HERE.
1 March 2021
1 September 2021
End December 2020 (for September applications)
End June 2021 (for March applications)
- Read background materials on WDF’s website (available in four languages):
- Read the application guideline and download the application form and annexes from WDF’s website (available in four languages):
- Prepare your application for submission:
- Fill in the application form and three required formats: budget, organisational track record and indicator framework.
- Prepare mandatory letters of support from collaborating partners (if applicable). See details in the application form.
- Submit your application
WDF funds projects devoted to improving diabetes care and prevention in developing countries included in the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) List of ODA Recipients. See the current DAC List.
Project proposals need to be formulated and owned locally. Projects should provide focused, replicable and sustainable solutions with the potential to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of people with the disease. Our projects target three interventions and six focus areas.
We fund projects with a poverty focus in line with WDF's Code of Conduct. These projects should be sustainable and require minimum WDF funding for salaries and indirect costs.
We do not fund medication, construction work, basic laboratory research, personal travel grants and various other indirect costs.
For more information, see What we fund.
Applicants should have a successful track record within diabetes care and prevention, or be aligned with locally anchored partners or networks with such a track record. We expect co-funding from applicants, stakeholders and/or other partners involved. We expect support from or involvement by local health authorities in the country or area in question.
Collaboration with diabetes associations or similar civil society groups within the field of chronic disease prevention and care is welcomed. For examples of our projects and partners, see Projects.
Barriers can arise related to funding projects in specific countries:
In our assessment of incoming applications, WDF will take into consideration issues of safety and security of WDF staff when travelling to certain countries or areas, as this could constitute a barrier to our monitoring of project implementation.
China: WDF is currently confirming its status in China in light of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Administration of Activities of Overseas Non-governmental Organisations in the Mainland of China (Overseas NGO Law). Therefore, applications from China are not accepted at this stage.
India: WDF is currently undertaking an extensive review of the WDF India project portfolio. Therefore, WDF will not be accepting any applications from India until the review is completed.
Tanzania: Applications from Tanzania are not accepted due to the ongoing National Diabetes and NCD Programme.
Project applications are submitted at fixed deadlines and presented to the Board of Directors for examination and decision.
Project proposals should be filed using our application form and budget template, preferably in English. Application forms and budget templates in Spanish, Portuguese and French are also available for applicants not proficient in English.
See our Deadlines page for details about when applications should be submitted, and when the WDF Board will review them.
The WDF Secretariat is based in Denmark and does not contract any intermediaries, consultants or similar local or regional representatives in the review or approval process. Hence, applications shall be submitted directly to the WDF Secretariat via Submittable as described above.
Upon receipt of your application, the WDF Secretariat will analyse your proposal. If found relevant, the Secretariat will send you questions related to project design, proposed activities and budget.
All applicants receive a response from the Secretariat with the decision concerning the application within one month of the Board of Directors’ review of the application.
If the project application is approved by the Board of Directors, a Project Partnership Agreement (contract) will be prepared. The Project Partnership Agreement makes certain binding demands on both parties, including project deliverables, financial management and audit.
For more about each of these deliverables, see Monitoring and Evaluation.