Funding principles & applications

Funding principles

For the selection of eligible projects, framework conditions are defined in the funding guideline, essentially:

  • Projects to be funded must comply with one of RWE Foundation’s statutory purposes. The focus is on supporting children and young people, with the following priorities:
    • Promoting equal opportunities, overcoming social disadvantages.
    • Strengthening international and intercultural understanding, improving social cohesion.
  • Only projects by non-profit and charitable organisations or purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-privileged purposes” of the German Tax Code (Section 51 and following, Fiscal Code) shall be funded.
  • The project to be funded must be based on a long-term concept. If possible, the project should not be fully financed by the RWE Foundation alone, whereby own contributions should not be based on cash funds only.
  • The funding period shall be limited to a maximum of three years.
  • The projects to be funded should preferably be actions with a multiplier effect.
  • The projects to be funded should be scalable and sustainable for the target group. In addition, funding exceeding 50,000 euros should be systemically anchored (involvement of public stakeholders). 
  • The aim is to focus on forward-looking, exemplary and sustainable projects.
  • Projects to be funded shall be based in Europe.
  • Our funding activities start with a funding volume of 20,000 euros.
  • Funds exceeding 50,000.00 euros require the approval of the advisory board. The advisory board meetings take place twice a year (for planning purposes in November and May).
  • Deadline for projects to be funded > 50,000 euros: 1 April and 1 October.
  • Deadline for projects to be funded ≤ 50,000 euros: 1 December and 1 June.
  • It can take up to three months from the application deadline for the decision to be announced.
  • In the event of a positive decision on an application, the granting of funds requires a separate agreement for funding/cooperation between the RWE Foundation and the applicant, in which rights and obligations are agreed on by both parties.

The following criteria exclude projects from receiving funding:

  • Party-political and religious organisations
  • Individual persons
  • Material costs only (e.g. construction or renovation costs)
  • Projects outside of Europe

Funding application

We kindly ask you to submit your funding application including all necessary documents by filling in our contact form:

The following documents are required for a successful submission:

  • Certificate from your tax office confirming the charitable/non-profit status of your organisation
  • Articles of association of your organisation, extract from the commercial register
  • Proof of awards, certificates, accreditations (optional)
  • References (optional)

Please prepare these documents accordingly.