Our grants

IHG Foundation works with groups around the world to help make local communities better places to be for all. 

The Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta BeltLine is transforming abandoned and unwelcoming parts of the city by creating a 22-mile loop of parks and trails and providing new transport facilities. In so doing, they will revitalize and connect 45 in-town neighbourhoods. The IHG Foundation maintains a quarter mile segment of the BeltLine and sponsors free bus tours around the BeltLine.

United Way of Greater Atlanta

The IHG Foundation is supporting the United Way of Greater Atlanta and their partnership with Atlanta CareerRise to provide hospitality skills and training to 25 disadvantaged young people in the Atlanta Aerotropolis area. Atlanta CareerRise also work with local employers to help them to find work, opening the doors to a better future.

American Red Cross

IHG Foundation is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program. As one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations, the grant from the IHG Foundation will allow the organization to continue to stock warehouses with lifesaving supplies, secure shelters, train disaster-response volunteers nationwide and maintain emergency response vehicles to ensure food and supplies are delivered quickly to people in need whenever and wherever. It also will ensure the American Red Cross can remain on hand to assist people as they recover, and help communities become better prepared for the next disaster.

Clean the World

Clean the World partners with hotels across the world through collecting their amenity waste and recycling it to distribute to impoverished communities across the globe through handwashing education and humanitarian programs. The IHG Foundation grant will enable Clean the World to expand its operation in mainland China through acquiring recycling machinery, new warehouse space, hiring and training of new staff and developing new programs throughout mainland China.


Unseen is a UK based charity that works towards eradicating modern slavery through tackling the issues around modern slavery and supporting exploited individuals. The grant from the IHG Foundation will fund training sessions for people working across the hospitality industry, including education on modern slavery, the different forms it takes and the actions required to prevent and address it. In addition, the grant will also support Unseen to work with organizations in the hospitality industry to provide work experience to those who have been subjected to modern slavery.

Youth Career Initiative (YCI)

Youth Career Initiative (YCI) help disadvantaged young people gain life and work skills so they can create better futures for themselves. A grant from the IHG Foundation funded 14 victims of human trafficking in Kenya, India and Vietnam to take part in their program to learn new skills in the hospitality industry. It also funded workshops to raise awareness of human trafficking and help victims. Through their work, YCI are helping victims to build a brighter future.

British Red Cross

In December 2015, parts of the UK faced severe flooding. Cumbria (North West England) suffered the worst effects, with over 500 households affected. The IHG Foundation responded to the disaster by making a donation to the British Red Cross to support those affected. Thanks to the grant, the British Red Cross have been able to provide help and support to individuals and families impacted by the floods.

Care International

Since its launch, the IHG Foundation has supported CARE International UK, one of the world’s leading humanitarian agencies. In addition to helping people in the aftermath of disasters, we also support the work of CARE on disaster relief preparedness and training. Last year, CARE published their Gender in Shelter Guidelines, showing how women are disproportionately affected after a disaster, and provided guidelines to support women and girls.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Water is an increasingly precious resource, so the IHG Foundation is supporting WWT to develop and showcase new and innovative ways of managing water in a sustainable way.  Support from the IHG Foundation will help the creation of a new sustainable drainage system in the main courtyard of the London Wetland Centre, including a number of wetland features.  Through this work, the 190,000+ adults and children who visit the Centre each year will see first-hand the crucial role that wetlands play in helping to manage water in the face of increasingly extreme weather events around the world. 

Goodwill Industries International

Support from the IHG Foundation has been used to develop a new and improved ‘Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation’ section of their ‘GoodProspects’ online training platform. The interactive tool helps people to explore their career options, assess their skills and receive career advice about the hospitality industry. Goodwill are currently working with the Association of Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute in the US to encourage more people to use the website.

Rede Cidadã

As one of original beneficiaries of the IHG Foundation, Rede Cidada is a Brazilian non-profit organization that provides skills and training for local communities so that young people can access job opportunities and build better lives. The grant from the IHG Foundation allowed them to run training programs for local people in the Rio de Janeiro community, including work placements in hotels across the city. The program aims to provide jobs for 70 local people, and so far, 90 youths have taken part in the training.

Sichuan Province Foundation for Poverty Alleviation

The IHG Foundation donated to the Sichuan Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to help 200 single mothers and unemployed women from low income families in Chengdu. The women are taught hospitality skills so they can get work and earn an income, helping them to find a way out of poverty. After the first month of the project, 52 women had already started work placements in a number of hotels in Chengdu.

The Prince's Trust

The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people across the UK. A grant from the IHG Foundation funded 40 young people to join their ‘Get into Hospitality’ program. With the help of mentors and coaches, they learnt hospitality skills and achieved a Level 2 Safety and Food Hygiene Certificate. Many of the people helped have now secured permanent jobs, showing how the IHG Foundation uses the power of hospitality to help change lives.

Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V.

Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V., one of Germany’s largest charitable organizations is working to support refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin. The IHG Foundation is providing language courses, skills training, mentoring, and work placements in the hospitality industry, giving them the opportunity to rebuild their lives in Europe and make a new future for themselves and their families.

Bottomless Closet

Bottomless Closet is a New York charity which helps disadvantaged women get back into the workplace. The charity provides professional clothing, job preparation and post employment training. Thanks to the grant from the IHG Foundation, Bottomless Closet have held over 60 workshops with disadvantaged women in New York and purchased additional clothing and shoes for the women so they are better prepared for interviews.

Bali Life Foundation

The Bali Life Foundation is a small charity with a big heart, providing care and support to disadvantaged communities living and working on Bali’s biggest waste dump. The IHG Foundation is helping to fund an innovative project through the Suwung Community Centre, which focuses on changing their lives for the better.

The IHG Foundation helps to fund a school for 60 children at the waste dump and provides free school meals and classroom supplies. With this help, the children have a chance to break the cycle and build a new future away from the waste dump. More than 155 families have been provided with basic food supplies, clothing and toiletries and more than 450 people have been given eye check-ups, and follow-up treatments.

New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association offers rehabilitation services to people suffering from mental health illnesses. The grant from the IHG Foundation helps to run ‘New Life Farm’, where individuals experience the therapeutic effects of farming. Produce from the farm is either sold to local businesses, or donated to underprivileged communities in Hong Kong. The grant from the IHG Foundation was used by the farm to purchase equipment, seeds and fertilizers.

The Passage

The Passage runs London’s largest voluntary resource for the homeless and vulnerable. Aiming to provide homeless people with support to transform their own lives, the charity offers advice and help.

The grant from the IHG Foundation has contributed towards the employment costs for one year of a member of staff whose role has been to train and supervise client volunteers. In addition, the grant has also supported works skills training for volunteers in partnership with the City of Westminster College, helping the vulnerable out of homelessness.

Beijing Stars and Rain

Beijing Stars and Rain works to deepen the understanding of autism and other mental health disabilities through community awareness programs, skills training for young people with autism, and support services for parents of children with mental disabilities. The IHG Foundation grant will support hospitality skills training for young people with autism as well as other activities to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Shanghai Wu Li Xiang Community Service Centre

Shanghai Wu Li Xiang Community Service Centre supports local community development by fostering a stronger sense of community spirit and interdependence amongst local people. The grant from the IHG Foundation will allow them to launch five programs in areas around Shanghai, including mobilising leaders in the community to unite and address common issues such as community safety, environmental protection, elderly service and care, and community activities for children.

HuiLing ‐ Xi'An Hostel

HuiLing is working to improve the quality of life for people with mental disabilities. In Xi’an, the charity has rented an old Civil Administration hotel which is used as a training hostel, providing training and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry to local people. The grant from the IHG Foundation will support the final set up of the hostel, developing it into a "social sector hub” where NGO practitioners can access affordable accommodation and meeting space, coming together to collaborate and share ideas.

HuiLing ‐ Linens for Life

Linens for Life is a hotel linen recycling program developed by Diversey, which collects discarded linens from hotels. The linens are sent to local charities where local people are taught to operate sewing machines, so they can upcycle the linens into bags, aprons and stuffed toys, which are sold to generate an income. The grant from the IHG Foundation will support the Linens for Life program and local units in HuiLing, in cooperation with hotels in Guangzhou. 


CURA, Chengdu, China is dedicated to promoting the natural, recreational, and cultural values of rivers, particularly in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Support from the IHG Foundation is helping the organisation to implement a number water stewardship projects. 

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