Regular Line of Funding

Alongside direct medical assistance for patients and measures towards improving local medical infrastructure, the foundation equally supports initial and advanced medical training projects in developing countries.
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Medical capacity-building is promoted at all levels of the healthcare system. That’s how the foundation wants to achieve “help for self-help”, the capacity-building that contributes towards improving the local medical situation as sustainably as possible.

Funding focuses on initial and advanced medical training – from the healthcare worker in the countryside all the way to the university-level lecturer or medical specialist at a university. In the long term the projects are supposed to be set forth by native nurses and doctors themselves. To accomplish this it is also essential to create an adequate on-site environment and incentives to prevent an exodus of qualified personnel: by improving the local medical infrastructure, by creating local networks, through cooperations with clinics, universities, business enterprises and politics. Special importance is attached to involving local partners in project planning and implementation.

The foundation’s applicants in the humanitarian sector are public service healthcare facilities such as university hospitals, hospitals and charitable organisations and associations with a medical orientation that are based in Germany or other European countries.

An application containing project components in the following areas is possible at any time:

Direct medical assistance and improved healthcare:
  • improving in-patient and out-patient care, for example development or funding of treatment centres, introduction of new treatment methods
  • development of prevention and information programmes, for example funding of regional health counselling centres or local networks of helpers and multipliers
Initial and advanced medical training:
  • direct medical training and professional advancement of skilled medical staff, for example health workers, midwives, nursing-care staff, clinical officers, medical-technical professions, students, physicians
  • training of multipliers, for example by establishing teaching entities, by funding specific training programmes, or by improving instruction materials
  • collection and analysis of medical data targeted exclusively towards a medical-humanitarian objective
We do not fund:

We do not provide financial support for:

  • individuals from the private sector
  • individual case aid
  • emergency relief measures in the event of acute catastrophes
  • projects without a medical emphasis
  • construction projects
  • projects in Germany, the EU or other countries not deemed developing countries
  • commercially aligned or non-charitable projects for profit

Application submission:

Application submission is possible at any time.

The minimum funding amount is €50,000. Terms are possible up to 36 months. In the last 5 years, the average grant amount was 110,000 €/year and the average duration was 28.5 months.

The humanitarian aspect of the project must be clearly recognisable. In justified cases, follow-up applications for the continuation of a project may be submitted. This is only possible following conclusion of the project time frame along with submission of the final report and documentation verifying the allocation of resources.

Applications shall be accepted solely via e-mail addressed to

Structure of the application

The application must be structured in the form of three separately saved PDF files and an Excel budget

  • A Project description,
  • B Persons and institutions,
  • C Appendices (e.g. certification attesting to non-profit character, official permits and authorizations, confirmations of cooperations, written references, declaration of consent GDPR).
  • D Excel budget
Checklist of required appendices

Please be sure to note the checklist of required appendices:


  1. CVs are expected for the following persons: accountable project management from the applicant organization, local project management, professionally relevant staff from the applicant and partner organizations
  2. Where applicable, letters of reference (not more than three) on behalf of the applicant organization or person, for example from previous project partners or financial backers
  3. Whenever possible, letter(s) of reference on behalf of the implementing partner organization
  4. Cooperation commitment from the implementing partner organization
  5. Cooperation commitment (MoU) or letter of intent from the government health authorities in the project country
  6. Proof of the non-profit status of the applicant organization. In the case of an applicant organizationoutside of Germany, notification whether this organization is subject to limited tax liability in Germany.
  7. Proof or declaration that all project partners provide relief support, independent of people’s religion, colour or nationality
  8. Declaration that a funding of the project has not been submitted to any other funding institution
  9. Where applicable, list of all currently ongoing funding for the project
  10. Where applicable, official permits and authorizations, national accreditation of educational training programs, etc.
  11. Where applicable, ethics committee vote
  12. Where applicable, price quotes tendered for equipment applied for (in the event of individual acquisitions costs over EUR 10,000, explanations regarding the selection of the equipment applied for and at least two price quotes from different manufacturers)
  13. Declaration of consent to the storage of data in the form of a PDF file to download on our website:

In the event that this is the first time you are applying to EKFS, please additionally submit:

 14. Overview of relevant projects covering the last three years

 15. Overview of the institution’s revenues/expenditures for the last three years

 16. Questionnaire

Please take note of the Information for Applicants (see downloads)

It is recommended to first-time applicants that they make contact with the foundation per telephone or e-mail for advisory consultation prior to application submission.

Dr. Jochen Bitzer
Dr. Jochen Bitzer
Medical Development Cooperation
Portrait Dr. Judith von Heusinger
Dr. Judith von Heusinger
Medical Development Cooperation


Information for Project Outlines
Information for Full Application Submission
Template on the Preparation of the Budget
by the applicant to the storing data
Information on the Preparation of an Interim Report
Information on the Preparation of a Final Report
Requirements for the Funds Utilisation Statement