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Block B Metropolitan Office Park
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Private Bag X125 

Anglo American Chairman’s Fund

The Anglo American Chairman’s Fund is one of the dedicated instruments through which Anglo American channels its corporate social investment (Social Investment) spend, and was named the top Social Investment grant-maker in South Africa for eight consecutive years.

The funds investments range from small grassroots initiatives to major capital-building projects and large-scale service delivery programmes in partnership with provincial and national authorities. Focus areas include HIV/AIDS, healthcare, welfare, education, and livelihoods.

The mission of the Chairman’s Fund is to remain the leading corporate donor in South Africa, through partnering and growing an informed understanding of the country’s developmental challenges; to apply the resources at its disposal to maximum effect in supporting and adding value to practical interventions and communities; creating new opportunity and addressing urgent social needs.

The Chairman’s Fund has been in existence since the late 1950s and was transformed by Harry Oppenheimer into a dedicated department (the Anglo American and De Beers Chairman’s Fund) in 1974.

Due to company restructuring in 1998, the Fund was renamed the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund (with De Beers and Anglo Gold having separate funds).

This longevity in Anglo American’s Social Investment involvement is unique in South Africa, and speaks to the company’s deep commitment to principles of justice and social development.

Funding guidelines

The Fund is committed to supporting development initiatives that are directed towards the alleviation of poverty and the development of communities in South Africa.

The diversity of the projects and sectors that the Fund supports is in recognition of the diverse and varied socio-economic as well as educational needs of South African communities.

The Fund’s major areas of interest are in education, health and sustainable community development.


The targeted activities for education are:

Early childhood development (ECD), specifically:

  • ECD Training organisations (accredited Level 4 and 5 training for ECD practitioners)
  • Organisations which include children with disabilities
  • Programmes that actively and constructively include parents in the ECD of their children

Maths, science and language development, specifically:

  • Quality schooling, with a focus on primary school teacher development, and management and leadership at school and district level. The focus is on foundation, intermediate and senior phases
  • Maths, science and language and/or numeracy and literacy development

Quality education for learners with special educational needs, including:

  • Special education programmes for learners with severe to profound disabilities
  • Special schools, resource centres and full service schools
  • Programmes that address inclusion


The targeted activities for health are:

  • Strengthening the public healthcare system based on the six pillars of a health system as defined by the World Health Organisation
  • Preventing HIV/Aids through innovative and national significant projects and programmes

Sustainable community development

The targeted activities for sustainable community development:

  • Sustainable livelihoods (skills training including job placement and/or employment creation as well as agricultural livelihoods support)
  • Community developmentprojects that enhance social cohesion and address social ills through prevention and early intervention projects and programmes
  • Community care and access to quality welfare support for those in need
  • Capacity-building support for community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in general and more specific development fields

Deadlines for applications for 2019

Unfortunately, due to limited funding in 2019, and until further notice, applications for 2019 are only open to current partners of the Fund.

Applications from organisations new to the Fund will not be considered.

In order to increase the efficiency of the application process, the Fund has moved to an online process. Partners will receive a link from our administrators to access the online application platform.

Please find below the quarterly application deadlines for 2019:
Quarter 1: 11 January 2019
Quarter 2: To be confirmed
Quarter 3: To be confirmed
Quarter 4:  To be confirmed

Reporting forms

The Fund has developed three sets of reporting forms (including indicators) for education, health and sustainable community development projects respectively. Please ensure that you choose the correct reporting form that relates to your project.

Click to download the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund reporting form for education

Click to download the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund reporting form for health

Click to download the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund reporting form for sustainable community development