Learn what we support and how to apply for funding.
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. 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.
For a full list of items not-funded and country-specific barriers, see What we fund.
Who can apply
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.
Special condition concerning applications from India: As of 15 March 2018, World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) only accepts project applications from India if applicant institution already is in possession of valid Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) account to receive foreign grants or donations, and that applicant institution hence complies with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of India. The necessary FCRA documentation must be submitted as an annex to the application in order for the application to be accepted for registration and review by WDF. Applications from India which do not meet this special condition will be rejected by WDF.
How to apply
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 by e-mail.
Before filling out your application, we recommend you visit our What we Do page. Each Intervention and Focus Area page includes Related Documents that will help you build a strong application. If you need further help or advice when filling in the forms, feel free to contact the WDF Secretariat.
After you submit
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.