Small Grants Program

The Mérieux Foundation's grants program contributes towards financing projects that aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The projects including as beneficiaries mothers and children will be given priority.

Selected projects will receive financial support of up to 5000 euros. Two annual sessions are organized to study the applications.

Organizations that meet the criteria below can apply via the online form available on this page.

September session

Deadline for submission of applications:
August 1st

April session

Deadline for submission of applications:
March 1st

Thank you for your interest in the Mérieux Foundation's grant program: applications for the September session are now closed. We will reopen the page on December 1, 2019 for the April 2020 session.

Eligibility criteria for organizations
  • Registered with the authorities of the country
  • Status of association under the law of 1901 or recognized as a public utility or equivalent status for foreign structures,
  • Nonprofit and independent management,
  • Exclusive mission of public interest in connection with the Mérieux Foundation’s mandate: fight against the infectious diseases the affects the most vulnerable populations in developing countries, especially mothers and children,
  • Respect and sign the ethical principles of the Mérieux Foundation’s Charter: transparency, professionalism, quality, independence, non-discrimination, respect,
  • Not convicted (the organization or one of its member) of acts contrary to the principles stated above,
  • Not in bankruptcy or receivership.
Eligibility criteria for projects
  • Objectives and activities related to and consistent with the mandate of the Mérieux Foundation;
  • Project based on a local needs assessment;
  • Realistic, credible and innovative project;
  • Strong local involvement: links with local authorities, local associations and beneficiaries;
  • Harmonization with existing initiatives in the concerned location;
  • Respect of ethical principles and gender equality in the implementation of the project.
  • Projet takes place in one of the following countries:


    • Algeria
    • Benin
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Congo
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Djibouti
    • Egypt
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Gabon
    • Guinea
    • Ivory Coast
    • Madagascar
    • Mali
    • Mauritania
    • Morocco
    • Niger
    • Rwanda
    • Sao Tome & Principe
    • Tunisia
    • Senegal
    • Togo


    • Brazil
    • Haiti


    • Bangladesh
    • Cambodia
    • Iraq
    • Iran
    • Laos
    • Lebanon
    • Myanmar
    • Tajikistan
    • Vietnam


    • Vanuatu
Documents to attach
  • Copy of the official statutes of the organization
  • Activity report from the previous year of the organization
  • Budget and financial accounts from the previous year of the organization, certified by the competent authorities
  • Detailed budget of the project
  • Location map of the project
  • Any reference of financial and operational partners of the organization
  • Any useful document related to the project

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