Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP)


Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) stated mission statement is to build bridges and move towards more tolerant world. It seeks to foster cultural ties through education, to develop communities and empower women and youth including youth employment. It also aims to provide relied in times of Catastrophe. In brief, AP support the following development sectors and approaches

  • Social entrepreneurship to achieve long-term, sustainable change.
  • Job creation through training and equipping youth with employability skills and vocational training
  • Child rights, health and education. Raise awareness and prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Combat autism by supporting and training specialists of art therapy in methods which have been scientifically proven to effectively treat autism
  • Combat exclusion of children and youth
  • The construction of law cost housing units
  • Infrastructure such as increased access to water and sanitation facilities
  • Programs that ensure that women and youth people are given full access to education, employment and intellectual freedom.
  • Support programs that empower women economically through craftsmanship training, home-based employment, full-time employment and support women entrepreneurs who choose to launch their own private projects.
  • Priority is given to initiatives and proposals that seek to apply innovative technologies and solutions to problems, create significant and sustainable change and have a measurable impact.
  • Use creative means such as media, art, photography, drawing and filming
  • Supports holistic approaches
  • Support long term projects with a minimum period of 5 years to ensure sustainability

AP supports agricultural projects generating income for Palestinian communities and for family housing units in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia

AS supported De-worm the World Program which is a program that aims to end the public health threat of intestinal worms.

AP support programs that brings culture together including programs that supports interfaith and intercultural understanding through academia and creative learning; Promoting the principle of peaceful coexistence and ; Supporting global understanding and reinforcing the bridges that connect civilizations

Partners include

  • Save the Children to establish 10 rapid response centers around the work (grant of 28.7 Million USD) and to train people in 50 countries as frontline aid workers. The project is under the AP Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which received 30 M US$ grant towards the global campaign to eradicate polio
  • US-based Carter Center which received a grant towards its work to eliminate river blindness
  • Education for Employment (EFE) to equip young Arabs with the skills to enter the work place by offering workshops, courses and training in the effort to combat a regional youth unemployment
  • UNHCR supporting Syrian refugee crisis
  • Welfare Association – Taawon, Palestine
  • The Charitable Society for Autism Families in Riyadh, KSA
  • SOS Foundation
  • World Food Program
  • World Health Organization
  • Misr El-Kheir Foundation in Egypt, Alwaleed Philanthropies donated EGP 3,500,000 to the “Prisoners in Debt” program
  • Acumen Fund which is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty.
  • Build Change which is an international non-profit organization that aims to greatly reduce deaths, injuries, and economic losses caused by housing collapses during earthquakes in developing countries
  • Echoing Green which supports social entrepreneurs worldwide by providing start-up funding, customized support services, and access to its global network of champions
  • Soliya’s Connect Program. Soliya is a virtual platform that connects students from accredited universities all around the world through videoconferencing technology, enabling them to engage in discussions on cross-cultural issues and share their perspectives on pressing global challenges.


Three foundations site under AP. 1) One in Saudi Arabia to support local projects 2) another one in Lebanon dedicated to philanthropy and humanitarian projects there and 3) the third is AP Global, the vehicle for International Cooperation

Three stage application process

  1. Fill in an inquiry / application on line writing your focus area and briefing on your project
  2. Once accepted, you will then be asked to write a concept note
  3. If your project is eligible for a grant, you will be invited to fill in the grant application form.

The evaluation process takes six to nine months from the date of submitting the application and involves a comprehensive investigation into the applicant organization as well as the grant proposal.

Implementing partners applying for projects for developing communities or empowering women and young people should:

  • Have received international funding within the five years before applying to Alwaleed Foundation
  • Adhere to the general principles of venture philanthropy
  • Encourage or build social entrepreneurship
  • Result in social innovation and community development

Applicants for projects aimed at furthering global cultural understanding should:

  • Involve a university with proven credentials as a center of learning
  • Focus on research and outreach promote interfaith and intercultural relations.
  • Promote understanding of Islam in the West and the understanding of the West in the Islamic world
  • Be committed to foster dialogue and discussions

 Open call for grants:

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