Throughout his life, Rudolf Augstein found the fact that children were suffering nearly impossible to bear. We have therefore made it our goal to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Through our support, we endeavor to help children and adolescents realise their individual potential — regardless of origin, gender or personal limitations. We support charitable initiatives, mainly in Germany. For projects abroad, we actively approach potential funding partners.
We support institutions that seek to improve not only the health and education of children and youth but also their outlook on life. Institutions that provide care for terminally ill children and also those that strive to help children and families living in great poverty can receive our support. In particular, we support initiatives that create sustainable structures. It is especially important to us that projects are developed in a participatory manner and that those affected are empowered to help themselves.
Deadlines and information for applications
There are no application deadlines for social affairs grants. You can submit your application at any time. Here you can review which documents we will need.
Typically, you will be notified as to whether your project has received funding no later than twelve weeks after the submission of your application.
Applications received will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- Impact of the initiative on children’s wellness
- Effectiveness and sustainability of the approach
- Degree to which the project sets a model example
- Potential of the project to promote structural change
- Expertise and experience of the applicants and participants in their field
- Integration of project beneficiaries into decision-making processes
- Gender equity and the empowerment of girls and young women
What we do not support
- Agencies which are not non-profit, or which single out specific individuals and families
- Projects or institutions whose area of influence does not include disadvantaged and needy children and young people
- Projects that lack either sustainability (no opportunity for continuity) or general applicability (isolated cases, no transfer possible)
- studies and publications
Selected funding projects
“Hamburger Spielräume” community fund
Our alliances with other foundations and supporters enable us to react quickly and appropriately to current needs. For this reason, we are active in various joint funds. With the “Hamburger Spielräume” fund, we support disadvantaged children and young people who are strongly affected by the covid-19 measures.
A courageous start into the future: the “MUT Academy” guides young people from school into professional training and helps develop individual perspectives for participants’ upcoming working lives.
German Paediatric Pain Center
The German Paediatric Pain Center sets standards in the treatment of children with chronic pain and has established itself as an international reference centre.