About Engineering for Human Development
From the water we drink and the clothes we wear to the houses we live in, good engineering is critical for improving people’s lives. Engineering is a key tool and driver for human development. The Happold Foundation aims to further human development by supporting the capacity of people and organisations to understand and undertake high quality engineering projects.
We carefully select projects and activities that reflect our aims, and further our goals to use engineering to improve the lives of people and communities.
Helping on the most recent phase of construction at Bunyonyi is exactly why I became an engineer. My 3 months was an enormous privilege and an experience I will always treasure.
Beth Davies, Happold Foundation Alumni
Grants for Good Ideas
Engineering is an essential element in most people’s lives – from providing adequate housing, school and healthcare facilities to access to utilities, the quality of the built environment is an integral part of people’s lives. Developing countries are seeing over 90% of the world’s urban growth, making engineering skills even more vital.
We offer grants to allow people and organisations to increase understanding and learning in order to further human development, providing funds to enable activities such as carrying out research, running pilot projects, testing new ideas, spreading good practice or sharing expertise. By supporting engineers in developing the ideas that will grow into knowledge to benefit many, The Happold Foundation hopes to contribute meaningfully to improving lives.
To apply for a Grant for Good Ideas, take a look at our funding page.
Many communities and organisations need specialist professional engineering expertise to help them realise their aims, but in many areas of engineering there are very limited formal pathways for engineers to become professionally qualified and also to work in humanitarian or development organisations. It is also extremely difficult for engineers who have become professionally qualified in the private sector to pursue a career in humanitarian or development organisations.
As part of our commitment to aiding those in need, we are planning a Professional Pathways initiative to offer professional development for engineers who want to carry out humanitarian engineering and relief work as their career.
We are currently working to establish a community of organisations that will support engineers to become professionally qualified, receive rigorous training and then work professionally for humanitarian or development organisations.
The Happold Foundation is committed to helping people working in the built environment to offer their skills to make a difference to those at disadvantage. So, we offer funding for people and organisations that offer their expertise to projects that further human development for no charge.
Our Small Grants scheme offers grants of up to £1000 towards expenses that will help professional engineers offer their time and experience to add value to worthwhile projects. The grants are available to individuals or groups worldwide who feel their project can offer a significant contribution to improving the lives of people and their communities.
See funding page for more information about Small Grants.