ABILIS Foundation Disability Grant

The ABILIS Foundation, a development fund founded in Finland, supports the empowerment of people with disabilities in developing countries. The Foundation supports activities that contribute toward equal opportunities for people with disabilities in society through human rights, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. Special priority is given to projects advocating for human rights of people with disabilities and to activities developed and implemented by women with disabilities


Grants ranging from 500 to 10,000 are available for projects initiated by NGOs those are run by persons who have a disability, be it related to mobility, vision, hearing, or any other type of disability. NGOs that are run by parents of children with disabilities may also apply. In order to be eligible for support, NGOs must have a certificate of registration and be based in following countries -













Who can apply for a grant by Abilis?

Abilis support NGOs that include persons with disabilities in their leadership. They support NGOs of people with mobility, visual, hearing or any other type of disability. Abilis can also support organisations that are run by parents of children with disabilities.


How can we apply for a grant by Abilis?

ABILIS Foundation judges the applications according to the involvement of persons with disabilities, including their role in developing the project and in committing their own resources to the project (including time). The project must be realistic in its scope and expected results. The application must show how the project will continue to benefit the community once the project's funding term has been completed.


A minimum of 10 % of the project budget should be a contribution of time, money or other resources from the applicant group.


For every project, two reference persons are required to provide an independent evaluation of the project's feasibility. The reference persons should have thorough knowledge of the applicant NGO, of the project plan and of the general conditions existing in the project area. However, they should not personally directly benefit from the project. In other words, they should not be members or employees of the applicant NGO. There is a special form to be completed by reference persons.


If you wish to apply for funding, call a meeting in your NGO. Then think carefully about your current priorities and take time to make a good plan.


Contact us and we can send you the Abilis application form and guidelines for letters of recommendation. Please read them through carefully before applying.


How are the grants paid?

When a project has been accepted for funding, the foundation enters a formal agreement with the applicant's NGO. The applicant NGO commits in writing to spend the grant for the specific purpose stated in the application. Abilis transfers funds to the NGO only after the contractual agreement, with all the necessary signatures and attachments, have been received by Abilis office in Finland.


The grants are paid in three instalments. The first instalment is 50 per cent of the total grant, and it is paid at the start of the project. When the first instalment has been spent, the applicant NGO sends Abilis a mid-term report. The mid-term report has two parts: the first part is a narrative report which describes in words what happened during the project. The second part is a financial report with a list of project costs.


Abilis Foundation requires that the applicant NGO contributes towards the project. The value of this contribution must be 10 % of the total grant. Your contribution can be money, but it can also be your own work or materials. This contribution should be included and specified in the project budget.


The second instalment, 40 % of the total grant, will be paid after we approve the mid-term report.


When the project is over, the applicant NGO drafts a final report which consists of a narrative report and a financial report just like the mid-term report.


The last instalment which is 10% of the grant is transferred only once the ABILIS Foundation has approved the projects final report.


It is important to note that Abilis requires that an external and impartial auditor audit all the accounts of the organisation. The costs of the audit can be included in the project budget.


Can we submit another application?

Because Abilis receives far more applications than they can fund at any given time, it is highly unlikely that an organisation will be funded more than once, unless they have invited the application.


Each year Abilis selects a few outstanding NGOs, which have fulfilled all aspects of their agreement with Abilis, including fulfilling work plans and meeting deadlines. These organizations are invited to submit a new project after a one year period has passed from the date on which the final report on the first project was accepted.

For more info email to:


The NGO Funding Consultants