PLEASE NOTE: All applications to the 1% Fund must be received by 25 April 2014!
What is the 1% Fund?
The Thailand 1% Fund supports small grassroots projects that benefit people and communities in Thailand and Burma. VSO volunteers and staff working in Thailand donate 1% of their monthly stipend to help local communities improve their lives.
To learn more about the Fund, see the About page.
Where does the money go?
Since 2003, around 38 projects have been funded, covering a wide variety of sectors. These projects include:
- Project for reuse and sale of 2nd hand goods for AIDS orphans (Chiang Mai)
- Women Farmers Group: conservation of food sources and native plants (North East Thailand)
- Karenni Basic Adult Literacy classes (Karenni Refugee camp)
- Goat Breeding Project (Karen Refugee Camp)
- Ducks at work! (Northern Thailand)
To learn more about our past projects, see the Projects page.
The 1% fund has always been run by current volunteers, so the administrative costs are almost zero. This means almost all the money goes directly to the people whom the Fund is designed to support.
Where does the money come from?
The Fund’s regular income comes from volunteers and staff. Occasionally, the Fund has received external funding from organisations such as the Canada Fund and the British Embassy. Recently, we received a grant from the 1% for Development Fund in Geneva.
We would like to support even more projects, so we are asking for your help. Even a small donation makes a big contribution to a grant – and a big difference for a local community. For more information on how you can help, please see the Donate page.
How can you apply for funding?
All the information about how to apply to the Fund and who is eligible for funding can be found on the Apply page.
Note: the 1% Fund is administered by VSO volunteers, and while the VSO Thailand/Burma programme office is happy to support the fund and to provide some administrative support, it has no control over, and accepts no responsibility for, how the funds are used.