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.

Download the grant program project report

September session

Deadline for submission of applications:
August 1st

April session

Deadline for submission of applications:
March 1st

Eligibility criteria for organizations

Only projects implemented by local organizations will be studied (projects must be submitted by the local structure responsible for the project).

  • 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
  • Not convicted (the organization or one of its member) of acts contrary to the principles stated above
  • Not in bankruptcy or receivership
  • Student associations and individual applications (scholarship projects) are not eligible for this program.
  • Nonprofit and independent management
  • Registered with the authorities of the country for at least three years
  • Respect and sign the ethical principles of the Mérieux Foundation’s Charter: transparency, professionalism, quality, independence, non-discrimination, respect
  • Status of association under the law of 1901 or recognized as a public utility or equivalent status for foreign structures
Eligibility criteria for projects
  • Harmonization with existing initiatives in the concerned location
  • Objectives and activities related to and consistent with the Mérieux Foundation’s mission and focusing on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, neglected tropical diseases and other infectious diseases representing significant public health issues
  • Projects based on a local needs assessment
  • Projects proposing concrete solutions, beyond education and raising awareness
  • Projects taking a global approach to health, including physical, social and psychological aspects
  • Projects that are adapted to the population that is targeted and are long-term in nature
  • Projects that do not present a complete file (see documents to be attached below) are not eligible
  • Projects that only include research activities, with no impact on mothers and children, are not eligible.
  • Projects with a direct impact on the mother and / or child
  • Respect of ethical principles and gender equality in the implementation of the project
  • Strong local involvement: links with local authorities, local associations and beneficiaries

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
Project evaluation criteria
  • Relevance of the project and its impact on the populations
  • Integration into local structures
  • Methodology of the action
  • Resource adequacy
  • Quality of partners
  • Project sustainability

En cas de sélection de votre projet, le rapport ci-après est à remplir et à renvoyer à :