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The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation advances opportunities for women and people with mobility challenges in specific developing countries in East Africa and Central America. Support is provided for nonprofit or non-governmental organizations located in and legally registered in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

The Foundation supports the following interest areas:

Mobility Solutions
The Foundation supports efforts that increase access to locally produced appropriate wheelchair and mobility solutions. Priority is given to organizations that:

  • work with established in-country, technologically appropriate wheelchair manufacturers;
  • take a preventive approach by addressing early childhood issues and interventions;
  • employ a substantial percentage of workers with disabilities;
  • help children with physical disabilities gain access to educational opportunities; and,
  • evaluate their work and adapt to changing situations.

Women's Empowerment
The Foundation believes that women are powerful agents of change and that giving them opportunities to do their work will advance their community and ultimately their nation. 

The focus is on two main areas:

  • education for young women at the high school level and above, with emphasis on efforts incorporating life skills, leadership, and mentoring components; and,
  • entrepreneurship and vocational skills training for women, as well as seed funding for business creation and development.

The Foundation is primarily interested in organizations that:

  • are locally-run, by women, supporting women and girls;
  • emphasize leadership, self-esteem, and mentoring in their projects;
  • support primarily female entrepreneurs;
  • offer high-quality and innovative educational opportunities from high school through university level;
  • are well-established in the communities in which they work and collaborate with other non-governmental organizations;
  • evaluate their work and adapt to changing situations; and,
  • are located in rural areas and urban slums.

The Foundation prefers small organizations with pioneering ideas and locally-driven approaches, and does not consider organizations with an operating budget greater than $750,000.

Application Procedures

Application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.