Strategic programme areas
Projects can be funded within our four programme areas (1) Food Security and Poverty Alleviation, (2) Social Capacity Building, (3) International Peace Building, (4) Health Interventions. The overall vision and the guiding principles are Social Entrepreneurship and Help to Self Help. Where appropriate and relevant the projects should include elements of innovation, development and spreading of best practices.
While a commercial organisation looks for a manager to run the business, the Rockwool Foundation looks for social entrepreneurs to run projects that will combat poverty in developing countries, or promote social capacity building in both developing and developed countries. The Rockwool Foundation defines Social Entrepreneurs as professional or voluntary leaders with high ethical standards and extraordinary abilities to overcome obstacles. They are people who have proven records of achieving social improvements in society. By identification of social entrepreneurs and supporting them in running effective projects, the Rockwool Foundation aims at making a sustainable positive impact within our four selected programme areas.
Help to Self Help
In addition to the Social Entrepreneurship guiding principle the Rockwool Foundation wishes to apply the Help to Self Help principle in all interventions. We are interested in funding projects that can have a lasting and sustainable effect also after the support from the Foundation has ended. Interventions that ensure local ownership and help target groups (individuals, families, groups, and communities/ societies) to help themselves are therefore prioritized.
Innovation and spreading
Projects funded by the Rockwool Foundation commonly include elements of innovation and testing of new approaches and methods. Through the projects we wish to develop and document best practices and in turn facilitate the spread and upscaling of interventions to a wider range of target groups as well as implementers.
Have a look at our focus within the four programme areas