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About the Fund

The UCB Community Health Fund was first launched in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, aims to address health disparities amongst vulnerable populations.

In accordance with the WHO's philosopy on healthcare, UCB adopts a holistic view on health, encompassing physical, mental and social well-being. Through the Community Health Fund, UCB can support the health of vulnerable populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, children, older people, socio-economically disadvantaged persons, un(der)insured or those with certain medical conditions (not related to UCB therapeutic areas nor assets) in the countries where UCB is active. As a purpose-driven company, we believe it is important to support our communities and care for those most in need.

 

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Accepting new grant submissions from May 1, 2022

Submit your project today and make a positive impact in vulnerable communities

In 2022, the Community Health Fund will accept new grant requests from non-profit and non-governmental organizations that have projects and work in place to help people between the ages of 15 - 24 with mental health disorders or young people who have been displaced due to conflict situations. The submission portal will be open from 1 May – 30 June 2022.

The physical, social, and psychological well-being of whole societies is being hit hard. After two years of challenging events including a global pandemic, climate change, racism, inequality, and heightened geopolitical tensions, many young people are facing additional insecurity.

Our collective responsibility to society has never been greater. The UCB Community Health Fund will support impact-driven organizations with a total of €2 million ($2.4 million) in grants this year. Non-profit and non-governmental organizations  across the globe are invited to apply for funding to support projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Target audience: young people between the age of 15 – 24
  • Focus areas: mental health and/or displacement due to conflict situations
  • Timeline: Accepting submissions from 1 May – 30 June 2022
  • Grant amounts: Organizations can request grants between €30,000 ($36,000) and €50,000 ($60,000)

How to apply?

All grants are managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, an independent foundation based in Brussels, Belgium. Find out which qualification criteria apply and more practical details on their websites: 

Our Mission


The UCB Community Health Fund supports vulnerable people facing economic and health disadvantage across countries in which UCB has offices. As a global fund, it helps vulnerable people such as racial and ethnic minorities, children, older people, socio-economically disadvantaged persons, un(der)insured, or those with certain medical conditions not related to therapeutic areas nor assets of UCB. Members of these vulnerable populations often have health conditions that are exacerbated by inadequate access to healthcare resources.

As a company with a strong purpose and dedication to create value for patients, now and into the future we know that through our strategic choices and daily business we can contribute the most to improve the health of people with severe diseases, including those from vulnerable groups. With the UCB Community Health Fund we want to address important issues that are outside of our business scope.

Funding impact

The UCB Community Health Fund takes a long-term view. Successful applications for support will aim to have a lasting positive impact. The funding will build and strengthen relationships between UCB, communities, and stakeholders.

Since its establishment in 2020, the UCB Community Health Fund has awarded a total of €4.45 million to over 100 projects around the globe. Organizations in the US, UK, France, Belgium, Canada, India, Ireland, and many other countries, have been able to support local communities through support from the Fund.

 

How it works

The Fund publishes Calls for Projects that address the needs of specific vulnerable groups. An independent selection committee assists in the selection of projects and award funding. The selection committee for each call is selected by a management committee – working on a pro bono basis – which is composed of representatives from UCB, the King Baudouin Foundation, and an independent chair who is supported by a general secretary.

Collaborating with the King Baudouin Foundation

The fund is managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, an independent, foundation based in Brussels, Belgium. It seeks to change society for the better and invests in inspiring projects and individuals. For many years, the Foundation has supported projects and initiatives in Belgium and internationally.

How can individuals contribute?

We call upon everyone’s generosity to contribute to the Fund. If you wish to submit your contribution, please follow the instructions by country.

  • online donations are currently possible for Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the US.
  • for other countries, and for other payment methods for all countries, please refer to the attached document.

The voluntary financial contributions of UCB employees and others will be matched by the company.