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Hear the World Foundation (HTWF) Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and International
Organizations to Improve the Lives of People with Hearing Loss

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Grants and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International organizations that are working to improve the quality of life and support equal opportunities for people with hearing impairments. Funding is intended for projects that concentrate on the four following areas: children, professional training, parents and families, and the prevention of hearing loss.

The Foundation concentrates on the following four funding priorities:

Engagement focuses on providing audiological care for children from low-income countries. This is because children with untreated hearing loss in those regions have little access to audiological care. Moreover, if they cannot hear, they will not be able to learn to talk, to develop normally for their age, or to attend school. Children with untreated hearing loss are often socially marginalized and unable to learn a profession, so they have scant future prospects.

Children still have their whole lives ahead of them. By supporting programs for children, the Foundation improves these conditions, gives these children access to speech and education, and thus enables them to live a life without limitations. Here, the following aspects are key:
-Establishment and expansion of newborn hearing screening programs
-Hearing tests for infants and school children
-Provision of hearing solutions and continuous follow-up care for children with hearing loss
-Communication therapy to aid the development of speech skills

Professional Training:
By investing in local professionals, the Foundation establishes the necessary resources locally, so the population will no longer have to rely on foreign specialists for audiological care. The Foundation also creates local skilled jobs. For this purpose, there is funding for:
-Training, education, and development of local resources in audiology
-Training for clinic staff and teachers who deal with children with hearing loss

Prevention of Hearing Loss:
Among children, 60 percent of all cases of hearing loss can be avoided with preventative measures. Viral diseases (e.g. rubella or cytomegalovirus), chronic middle ear infections and incorrect dosages of medication are the main factors behind the development of preventable hearing impairments. Therefore funds are available for:
-Measures to improve medical and audiological basic care
-Campaigns to provide information and raise awareness about hearing loss prevention

Parents and Families:
Parents and families play an important role in the support of children with hearing loss. This is because their hearing aids need to be checked regularly and their speech development must be actively stimulated. Parents are the most important source of emotional support in the children’s everyday life. Wherever there is a lack of qualified communication therapists, parents also have a key role to play in speech stimulation. It is often also essential to provide parents with basic information about hearing loss.
Initiatives that enable parents to support their children:
-Production of informative/explanatory material like guides, newsletters, and brochures
-Information events, such as training sessions, conferences and parent evenings
-Networking events that give parents opportunities to share their experiences

Aid organizations that pursue the same goals with their projects can apply for support from the Hear the World Foundation in the form of funds, hearing solutions from the Sonova product range (hearing aids, cochlear implants and wireless microphone systems), batteries, other audiological equipment, and expertise. As a Sonova corporate foundation, there is the option of making Sonova employees available to partners as specialists on volunteer missions. In order to achieve maximum impact, the funding source prefers projects that can be supported as comprehensively as possible with the three pillars of financing, technology, and expertise.

In keeping with the Foundation's sustainability standards, the Hear the World Foundation is willing to replace donated hearing aids after five years. To be eligible for such a replacement service, interested project representatives must re-apply through the normal application process.

Funding Principle: Sustainability
It is very important to the foundation that the donated resources are used effectively, and have a lasting positive impact on the quality of life of people in need and especially children with hearing loss (see more on funding principles). That is why the Foundation supports:

-Long-term partnerships/aid projects with the goal of setting up programs to provide audiological care (diagnostics, hearing solutions, follow-up care, and communication therapy) for people in need and especially children with hearing loss, in countries with gaps in audiological care.
-Shorter projects that create added value in the domain of hearing health by means of an innovative approach or a new technology.

Selection criteria:
-Projects are clearly in line with the foundation's goals
-Projects cover as many of the foundation's four funding priorities as possible
-Projects benefit multiple people/groups
-Leadership and sufficient resources for project implementation are on site
-Goals and proposed schedule are realistic
-The project application shows how the project's impact on beneficiaries is to be measured

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138387

Estimated Size of Grant:

Please note, the Hear the World Foundation typically does not make pure financial contributions of more than 50’000 CHF per year, depending on additional technological requests.

Term of Contract:

Long-term Partnership: aiming at providing access to comprehensive audiological care to people in need (hearing tests / aids, follow-up care, speech therapy).

Short-term Project: (maximum 2 years funding) creating a solution for a general or specific hearing healthcare problem through an innovative approach.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The foundation actively supports aid projects benefiting people, and particularly children in need with hearing loss.

Aid organizations that pursue the same goals with their projects can apply for support from the Hear the World Foundation.

Exclusion criteria:
-Applications from profit-oriented companies
-Applications for basic financing of institutions or other foundations
-Applications for support of campaigns, projects or organizations with strong political links
-Fly-in fly-out projects or initiatives without local anchoring

Pre-Application Information:

Application process:
Step 1 – Short application to participate
-For project funding from 2019/20 onward, applications can be submitted between November 1st, 2018, and January 31st, 2019.

Step 2 – Comprehensive funding application
-Mid-February, projects that reach the second round are given access to the detailed online funding application form.
-Applicants will be told whether the Hear the World Foundation will support their project by latest mid-May 2019.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

For feedback or further information, please send an e-mail to application(at)

For questions or to give feedback, please contact by email at or on the phone +41 58 928 01 01.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.