Local and regional citizen involvement

Supporting local and regional citizen initiatives, with a focus on rural areas, and facilitating local philanthropy.

From a region to a town or city, to a village or a neighbourhood, many are the citizens who work to improve our lives together. And numerous are the philanthropists who devote time and/or money to the places in which they grew up or live. The King Baudouin Foundation encourages this citizen engagement and facilitates both individual and collective philanthropic initiatives that support a region or a particular geographic area.

Our activities

  • we support local and regional citizen initiatives that build social cohesion, paying particular attention to rural areas
  • we manage and develop funds that mobilise the socio-economic stakeholders of their region with a view to developing the region
  • and we make the skills and networks of the KBF available to local philanthropic initiatives.

Local and regional citizen envolvement is part of the programme Social engagement

Calls for projects

2023C - Schools Solidarity Accounts

Fundraising to enable schools to financially intervene on behalf of children from underprivileged families and improve their chances of successfully completing their school year.

Selection announced

Poverty in East Belgium - moving more together

Support civil society and organisations that want to sustainably help people affected by or directly threatened by poverty with their projects.

Brussels Leaders Fund - Call for applications for change-makers in Brussels!

The Brussels Leaders Fund is looking for citizens with a strong personality, who want to commit themselves to improving the quality of life in their neighbourhood.

Selection announced


Zentrum für Förderpädagogik

Reconstruction of the Skills Centre in Rue Schilsweg after the floods in summer 2021

Funding for test equipment and screens to go digital, as the floods destroyed the entire centre, test equipment, all the paper and the photocopier.

Zentrum für Förderpädagogik

A self-sufficient irrigation system for the school garden of the ZFP

Install a rainwater tank with drip pipes to irrigate plants/gardens and provide water for chickens/bees for educational purposes

Viertelhaus Cardijn Eupen - CAJ

Solidarity action to offer a festive meal to all

Offering a festive menu during the end-of-year festivities to isolated people and socially disadvantaged families, as well as people in emergency situations.

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Vis mon village

Concrete projects with a local participatory dynamic that improve the quality of life in the village and promote contacts and solidarity between diverse groups of citizens.

Funds and philanthropic tools

Germaine Thibaut (Fund)

Support for the welfare of vulnerable residents in Halle. Prevention and control of life-threatening diseases, especially cancer. Humanitarian, medical emergencies around the wor…

Jeannine et Louise Jacquemotte (Fund)

Worldwide, support to poor people and children in the field of health; protection of biodiversity. In Belgium, cancer research and support for the heritage of Huy.

Beweging.academie (Friends of Fund)

Philanthropists support projects of asbl Bewiging.academie with the aim of moving towards a sustainable, fair inclusive society.

Press Releases

Solidarity with flood victims

29 07 2021

After the floods in 2021, the King Baudouin Foundation is pleased to contribute its resources, know-how and networks to strengthen citizens' solidarity with their fellow citizens…

Cycling for everyone! - The Bikes in Brussels Fund has awarded almost 600,000 euros to eight new projects

26 07 2021


Gasol Foundation tackles child obesity in disadvantaged neighbourhood of Barcelona

Children and young people Healthy living Local and regional citizen involvement

“We consider a child’s family and broader relational context, rather than focusing narrowly on nutrition only.”
Cristina Ribes
Safalín project director

Community garden as a meeting place

Local and regional citizen involvement

“I believe we have already made great strides in this direction and have turned an underused, 400-m² site into a green jewel.”
David Reuter
Head of FRI-X-BERG youth art school

Raised beds in a cemetery

Local and regional citizen involvement

"The children and even young people are incredibly proud of themselves when they see how their plants have grown.”
Luciana Saalbach
Head of Prinzessinnengarten project in Berlin