We want to challenge, inspire and promote change! The objective of the Postcode Foundation is to encourage sustainable development by supporting NGOs in Sweden and internationally that foster positive social impact or search for long-term solutions to global challenges.
Project support is determined from our basic criteria, as well as assessment guidelines based on effect, method, and relevance. The funding amount applied for must be reasonable in relation to the organization’s yearly earnings. Our financial support amounts to an average of 2 million SEK per project with an average project length of one to three years. However, we do have the ability to support larger projects for a longer period of time. Many initiatives we support have several partners, ranging from policy to grassroots level.
How to apply for support?
The application process begins with the applicant organization submitting a brief description of its project idea.We receive and assess project ideas continuously throughout the year. In order to work through the entire decision-making process, we request that project ideas are submitted within four months from the planned project launch.
We continuously accept project ideas as well as reach out to organizations of interest internally. Start by submitting a short description of the project using our application form. Please be as clear and concise as possible, in order to allow for a quick response from us.
2: First Evaluation
All project ideas are assessed within a group to ensure for a fair evaluation. We process all applications on a continual basis and review them based on our established criteria and assessment guidelines. Organizations may be contacted to clarify and/or provide additional information.
3: Pending Decision
We generally respond within 4-6 weeks with an initial decision of whether or not we would like to take your project to the next stage of the application process.
4: Organization Analysis
If we choose to proceed with your idea, the next step is to get more information about your organization. At this stage, we request references and documents such as annual reports, registration certificates, and statutes.
5: Complete Application
In this stage of the process, our project manager works closely with you to assist in formulating a formal application, consisting of a project plan, schedule, and budget. This step in the process may take a long time depending on how well-crafted your idea is when it comes to us.
6: Final Decision
We assess projects continuously.
Once a formal decision is reached, we write an agreement that governs our commitment to support the project and your commitment to implement it. At this point, the project can begin!
Criteria and Assessment
If you are a registered NGO you are eligible to apply for funding to support your project. The project must have a Swedish relevance, serve a public interest, and address at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Support is granted to projects that:
Are driven by a registered NGO.
Serve a public interest.
Address at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Has a Swedish relevance.
Support is not granted to:
Short-term project (less than a three month period).
Small-scale projects (less than SEK 200,000 in budget).
Members of the Swedish Postcode Association.
Politically or religiously driven projects or organizations.
Governmental or state-driven activities.
Profit-driven projects or organizations.
One-time activities (i.e. festivals or conferences) or projects that solely include travel expenses, construction, or renovation costs.
The project’s (expected) short and long-term results.
The potential for initiatives to continue beyond the project’s end date.
The ability to influence a large audience (either initially or over time).
The organization’s ability to execute and implement the project.
The project’s potential growth and ability to insight greater progress.
The innovative nature of the project.
The endorsement and active participation of the target audience.
The project addresses a clear need or question.
The project is of interest for a the Swedish public.