Bernard Van Leer Foundation

The mission of the Bernard van Leer Foundation is to enhance opportunities for children 0 – 8 years growing up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage.

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 82334. 2508 EH the Hague the Netherlands
Phone: 011 31 70 3512040
Fax: 011 31 70 3502373
Open: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Contact: Regional Officer
Phone: 011 31 (0)70 331 22 00
Fax: 011 31 (0)70 350 23 73

To improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. Guided by a holistic view of young children’s development – to realise their human potential, children need nurture that is physical, social, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual – and a belief that the most appropriate care for young children comes from their parents, families and communities.

As a private grant making foundation, we also believe we have a responsibility to use our freedom to fund work and thought that is bold, innovative and experimental. We are committed to learning lessons from monitoring and evaluating our projects, and to leveraging our impact through publications and advocacy.


  1. NGOs

  2. CBOs


  1. Projects that deal with developing local context appropriate approaches to early childhood care; and

  2. Projects that deal with the sharing of know how in the area of early childhood development


Has to be approved by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (Netherlands)

Funding Ceiling


Availability of Funding:

Specific time periods as determined by van Leer Foundation

None - The organization works primarily by supporting programmes implemented by partners in the field. These include public, private and community-based organisations. The strategy of working through partnerships is intended to build local capacity, promote innovation and flexibility, and help to ensure that the work we fund is culturally and contextually appropriate.

Application Procedures:

  1. Submit proposals directly to Regional Officer
  2. Recommendation for submission of a proposal from the Regional Officer
  1. Funding

  2. Grants