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Planet Wheeler Foundation Grants

Planet Wheeler Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Eastern Africa, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar

Location of residency: Eastern Africa, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar

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NOTE: We do not accept unsolicited applications for funding.

Planet Wheeler Foundation

The Planet Wheeler Foundation, a private ancillary fund, was established in 2008 by Maureen and Tony Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet Publications.

Planet Wheeler is based in Melbourne, Australia and currently funds over 50 projects in the developing world. Most of our funding - approximately 80% in fact - goes to a few African countries, Afghanistan, Burma and Burma related projects, Cambodia and Laos. We have flexibility to look at other areas, but Trustees prefer a focus on the places mentioned. 

Our purpose, put simply, is to support practical and effective projects which make a difference in the alleviation of poverty.

Where we work

We focus on East Africa, Afghanistan, Burma and Burma related projects, Cambodia and Laos.

The Foundation also funds some projects in the Arts in Australia but we do not accept unsolicited proposals in this area.

Our funding priorities

We prioritise projects that address the most pressing issues facing developing countries. Our areas of focus are Education, Health, Human Rights (advocacy & refugees), Community Development and Street Kids programs.

What level of funding do we provide?

There is no simple answer to this question. Our funding varies significantly depending on the Non-Government Organisation and Community based Organisation, but we prefer not to be the dominant donor to any Non-Government Organisation or Community based Organisation.

Where we might be different

We are open to funding capital expenditure, capacity development and core organisational costs. We don't have any templates or formats for proposals or report

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We do not prioritise:
    • Australia or Developed Countries:
      • We do support Australian NGOs focused on international development or refugees/asylum seekers.
    • Emergency Relief: 
      • We will consider post-disaster recovery projects if funding is still required.
    • Drug & Alcohol Addiction & Animal Welfare: 
      • These are all worthy causes but are not the focus of our funding.
    • Orphanages or Residential Care: 
      • We will fund programs that support children to remain within their extended families or communities but we tend not to fund orphanages.