Funding requests

Enquiries can be submitted at any time to info(at)

Please send us a brief, informative project description in advance (for development cooperation projects: please include background, planned impact, measures, brief information on the applicant and local project partner as well as reasons why the project is not funded by the government of the respective country).
If the short preliminary assessment is positive, we will then send you our application forms.

Funding will only be granted on the basis of written applications using the forms provided by the SFS.

Application and decision deadlines 2024:

If the complete application documents are submitted by 10 February 2024, the advisory board decision will be communicated by 5 April 2024.

If the complete application documents are submitted by 31 July 2024, notification of the advisory board’s decision will be sent by 1 October 2024.

Funding guidelines

The grant guidelines provide information about our criteria for evaluating grant applications. Please send us only project applications whose content and structure comply with the funding guidelines. Please check carefully and, if in doubt, feel free to ask whether your project has a chance of being funded.

Goals and funding priorities

The Schöck-Familien-Stiftung gemeinnützige GmbH (hereinafter “SFS”) was founded in 2012 by Sabine Schöck and has since been supporting projects in Germany and abroad. In Germany, SFS concentrates on funding in Baden-Württemberg and abroad on funding in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Uganda.
It is close to the family’s heart to give disadvantaged people a chance at a successful and responsible life through individually tailored support, good education and training.
Depending on regional conditions and social environment, the SFS is concerned with, among other things, learning basic knowledge, training for gainful employment, basic knowledge about rights in a society, strengthening self-esteem, creating a livelihood, and protecting nature and the environment.

Eligibility Requirements

Projects funded by the SFS are committed to being non-profit.
Applicants can be corporate bodies (e.g. associations, foundations or gGmbHs) based in Germany and recognized as non-profit by the tax office, as well as municipalities, church communities and educational institutions.
In exceptional cases, EU organizations are also funded.
Funding agreements with organizations outside Europe are not concluded due to the increased administrative burden.

For project funding abroad applies:
Cooperation with a local registered partner organization in the target country is a prerequisite for project funding. The applicant organization should be primarily responsible for administration and coordination in Germany, with the local partner organization implementing most of the project.
The applicant organization only works with partner organizations that are sufficiently known to it and that can expertly plan, implement, monitor and account for the project.

Other requirements

  • sustained partnership between the applicant and local implementing organization,
  • financial participation and initiative of the applicants, local partner organization(s) and beneficiaries,
  • reasonable and comprehensible administrative expenses
  • target group-oriented project realization as well as participation of the target group(s) in planning and implementation,
  • transparent content and financial planning of the projects,
  • efficient use of resources,
  • Role model function of the projects,
  • projects designed for sustainability,
  • highest possible involvement of the authorities,
  • Consideration of cultural as well as traditional conditions and production methods, highest possible use of local material resources,
  • Implementation of the measures in domestic facilities and organizational structures.
  • In the case of projects in the field of agriculture, SFS attaches importance to environmental and nature compatibility.
  • The project goals and measures must be defined realistically and comprehensibly. It must be possible to achieve the project objectives with the measures specified in the project application.
  • Establishing local sponsorship,
  • Remuneration of the appropriately trained personnel required for the implementation of the project according to local customary rates

Funding amount

Funding corresponds to shortfall financing; the funding is thus intended to close a financing gap between the planned expenditures and the company’s own funds and, if applicable, third-party funds (co-financing).
The applicant organization’s own contribution should be at least 10%.

Funding period

The funding period is a maximum of 2 years each.
Follow-up funding and longer-term partnerships, however, are possible in principle.
We promote sustainable projects, after which integration into local structures takes place. Even though commitments are only made for a maximum of 2 years, it is possible to support projects for up to 5 years if the funds are processed and available.

Exclusion of funding and ineligible costs

The following are not supported

  • Projects whose content is outside the thematic and geographical focus,
  • Projects that pursue political or religious goals,
  • Requests to fund administrative costs only,
  • Applications from private individuals who – for whatever reason – are in need,
  • Applications for projects/programs whose funding would result in the public sector that previously funded these projects withdrawing,
  • Applications for loans, guarantees, barter transactions.

Principles of the funding decision

As an independent gGmbH, the SFS reserves the right to decide on the funding applications received at its own and free discretion and on the basis of the funds available to it. The funding decision is made by the SFS Advisory Board.
The SFS reserves the right to revoke its willingness to accept grant applications or to change its grant guidelines at any time. The principles laid down in these funding guidelines serve solely to ensure the transparency of activities. No claims – of any kind whatsoever – against SFS can be derived from this.
The type and amount of funding is determined by the separate funding agreement to be concluded with the SFS.

There is no entitlement to justification for rejections, nor is there any legal entitlement to a grant on the part of the applicant.

Promotion: agreement and payment

In the event of a positive funding decision, a funding agreement will be concluded between the SFS and the applicant organization. The grant in the amount specified in the Grant Agreement will be disbursed according to the disbursement schedule agreed in the Grant Agreement once the Grant Agreement is approved and signed by both parties.

Total funding must be guaranteed before the project begins so that implementation can be considered assured. Proof of the actual approval of third-party funds (co-financing) as well as the own contribution must be provided at the latest by the time the approved funding is disbursed.

The grant application with attachments submitted by the applicant organization is binding and serves as the basis for the grant agreement in the event of a positive grant decision.

Proof of the use of funds

Proof of use (including factual report, numerical proof in German, and annual audits of the local partner organization) must be submitted to the SFS during and after the end of the funding period. The proofs of use to be submitted and the time at which they are to be submitted are regulated in a grant agreement in the case of a grant.

The SFS is entitled to examine books, vouchers and other business records and the use of grant funds by means of local surveys or to have them examined by authorized representatives. In addition, the SFS reserves the right to review the progress of the project or the goals achieved on site, even without prior notice, up to 5 years after the end of the funding.