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.
We want to help support not-for-profit organisations doing excellent work in areas of human development and the built environment by offering a three year core funding grant. Funding is unrestricted, and may be spent on anything the organisation deems appropriate and effective.
This year, our grant recipients are BuildIt International and Renewable World. The organisations were selected due to their approach is not just about solving technical problems, but also addresses some of the complex socio-economic issues that lie at the root of poverty and exclusion in the communities they work with.
Please note that due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, we are not accepting applications for Organisational Grants at this time. We will continue to support the two organisations we currently fund, and will update this page when we have more information on future applications.