14. Jul. 2023
The Foundation has approved a new batch of Community Engagement Grants worth EUR 709,352 in total to support Grundfos' local engagement across the globe.

13 grants worth altogether 709,352 EUR were approved by the Foundation Board at their June meeting. The Board was very pleased to see several projects make active use of Grundfos’ volunteering policy, allowing employees up to three days’ paid leave for volunteering within projects related to Water, Climate, or People.

“Looking ahead, volunteering activities from employees will be a prerequisite for obtaining funding for Community Engagement Grants. I therefore encourage all companies in the Grundfos Group to explore how Foundation funding and volunteering from employees go hand in hand,” says Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Executive Director.

The list of new project grants is available at the bottom of the page.

A good example of volunteering activities is the annual summer camp for a local Children’s Village in Serbia where Mirjana Barićak (center) and 6 colleagues have spent five days with 65 children. Photo: Davorin Sanković.

Volunteering in new projects

In Germany, local Grundfos employees partner with the non-profit organisation Hanse Obst e.V. Lübeck on a “Plant-for-the-Planet” academy for children of the Poul-Due-Jensen School in Wahlstedt. The project supports Grundfos’ global sustainability goals for climate protection, biological diversity, circular economy, health, social engagement, education and personal development:

“We plan a joint tree planting campaign with the kids, a rainwater harvesting system and building an irrigation system from refurbished pumps. The orchard will also support our 10 bee colonies to produce even more of our local Grundfos Honey Boost honey,” says who leads the project in Wahlstedt,” says Silke Sancion, Lead Service Coordinator  at Grundfos in Wahlstedt.
"Grundfos Employees in Egypt are planning to do do a volunteering day at the Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt to engage in a in creativity workshop and grant the hospital donations for children whose family cannot afford the cost of treatment."
Globally, the NGO Poured Out Inc. would love to involve Grundfos employees in a virtual capacity:

“We need administrative help in running the data from our small-scale filtration systems in Haiti and would appreciate one-on-one virtual mentoring from Grundfos employees who have knowledge about the pumps we will be using,”
explains Carlee Greene Adams, President of Poured Out Inc.

List of new project grants

Project Location Partner (grantee) Amount (EUR)
WaterHouse Community Impact Expansion Haiti Poured Out Inc 100,000
Planting fruit trees at Grundfos CBS Wahlstedt Plant Germany Hanse Obst e.V. Lübeck 20,000
Volunteering – Hope for 57375 Hospital Egypt Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 (CCHE) 3,000
Top-up: Finalising 2022 project. Tanzania ADDA – Agricultural Development Denmark Asia 7,825
Empowering poor Communities through WASH Services in Cavite, Cebu, Mandaue, and Leyte. Philippines Water and Life Philippines 120,000
Technological vegetable farming through solar power irrigation for women economic empowerment Ghana HOPin Academy 58,315
Center to prevent child marriage and help girls Burkina Faso ACTION JEUNESSE FEMININE DU BURKINA FASO 88,680
Agala WASH Project Nigeria Optimal Greening Foundation 15,437
River Environment Treatment at Hongqi Village, which is Under the City of Harbin, a Sister City of Aarhus China China Guanghua Foundation 69,000
The Mobile Laboratory Poland Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Ukrainy 77,000
Temporary housing and support for 20 vulnerable families hit by a massive tornado in Selma. USA BUILD CDC 94,000
Interactive Exhibit to Highlight the World’s Water Challenges USA Water Mission 52,415
Total EUR 709,352

DKK 25 million for Community Engagement Grants in 2023-24

The Foundation Board has set aside EUR 3.4 million (~DKK 25 million) for supporting local projects where employees in all of the Grundfos Group’s companies may apply for funding via the Poul Due Jensen Community Engagement Grant.

  • So far, approximately 1.4 million EUR  have been allocated to 26 projects, leaving EUR 2 million for the remainder of the period.
  • The next application deadline is October 25Click here to apply (requires Grundfos login)
  • For help with the application, reach out to Jesper Richter Rasmussen

In 2022, the Foundation awarded EUR 2.8 million (~DKK 20.8 million)  in total toward 52 community grants.