Investing in the future of education.

We believe in the power of new ideas to shape the future of education.

We also understand ideas need more than just hard work to move into the real world. They need support. That’s why we created our Challenge Fund.

The Varkey Foundation Challenge Fund supports carefully chosen ideas in their early stages to help build the capacity of teachers and to strengthen the status of the teaching profession.

In the Challenge Fund's first year, we backed eight projects in eight different countries. They trained nearly 900 teachers and school leaders and reached over 10,000 pupils.

Applications for the 2018 challenge fund are now closed.

Lead applicants must be registered as charitable, not-for-profit entities.

Our Grantees