Foundation for the Third Millennium

Our foundation is committed to sustainability. We support projects which promote environmental protection and health, social justice and economic independence in balanced proportions.

In order to assure reliable project oversight and adequate support, we must be able to maintain a constructive relationship with the project managers and their organization. Thus we give preference to organizations based in Switzerland and in neighboring European countries.

Financial support for projects must be widely-based and secured for the project’s duration. At least half the project’s budget must be contributed by third parties.

The following criteria are imperative requirements for consideration of an application:

    • All projects must be sustainable in that they combine ecological, social, and economic aspects and promote them simultaneously and in a balanced way:
      • Long-term environmental: materials are used in closed cycles. Soil and water quality and availability are improved. Native biotopes increase, and biodiversity is promoted.
      • Socially just: The target population is actively involved in the project. The goals are   personal independence, self-determination, and individual responsibility. Human and civil rights are respected, and conflicts are resolved without violence.
      • Economic independence: Economic conditions are improved by creating new or additional environmentally sustainable jobs and businesses. This requires local education, for example “training of trainers” or “from poacher to game preserver”, so that new cells using these models can be formed. The population becomes economically independent and has access to markets.
  • Sustainability is implemented practically and tangibly and is measureable.
  • Awareness of the connection between individual behavior and the environment is promoted.
  • The project not only solves acute problems but also investigates their causesand develops preventive measures.
  • The local situation improves.
  • We know the project partners, and their competence is proven.
  • In every part of the project, sustained dialogue is nurtured. Open cooperationpromotes uncomplicated personal contact, which leads to relationships based on mutual trust.

Projects which fulfill the following criteria comprehensively in addition to the criteria listed above will be given preference:

  • Other interested parties are shown the advantages of a sustainable lifestyle and are given examples for implementation (Multiplication).
  • The project raises public awareness and thus improves the climate for producing systems change via policy-making or lawgiving.
  • Project participants contribute however they can to the project. They do this financially, materially, through infrastructure or whatever other means they have available.

The Foundation does not support:

  • Projects that are the responsibility of government or the public sector
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Meetings, workshops, conferences, events and travel costs
  • Theatrical productions, musicals, art
  • Publication costs
  • Projects that require indefinite commitment
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Operating costs per se
  • Research projects per se
  • Educational materials
  • Purely commercial projects

Procedure for submitting an application:

In addition to a completely filled out and personally signed application, the following documents are required:

  • Budget
  • CVs of major project personnel
  • Payment slip including the account’s IBAN number

To clarify items entered in the application form, applicants are allowed a maximum of 2 pages’ worth of project information.

Applications may be submitted by postal mail or by e-mail (electronic signature required). Any changes in the information on the application (e.g. personnel, financing, project content) must be promptly reported to the Foundation’s office (Sekretariat).

For projects continuing over several years the Foundation requires regular reports before approving and transferring the next tranche. A short final report and a completed copy of the Stiftung Drittes Millennium’s evaluation form must be submitted within 6 months of the project’s completion. Until the final report and evaluation are approved, no new application can be considered and the final 10% of the support for the completed project will not be released.


The Board meets and processes applications four times annually. The respective due dates for submissions are published on the website. Applications are processed based in order of the submission date, and applicants generally receive an answer within 3 months from that date. In cases where questions arise or in the event of unexpected difficulties there may be delays. Applications submitted with incomplete forms and/or without the required additional documents cannot be considered. Applications should be submitted at least four months before the project starts.

Submission deadlines 2019: January 24, 2019
April 5, 2019
July 26, 2019
September 20, 2019

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