Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment, and of these, at least 1 billion people have a vision impairment that could have been prevented1. Without significant investment, vision loss will rise to 1.7 billion people by 20502. However, improved eye health is essential to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those pertaining to poverty, hunger, health and wellbeing, education, gender equality, and decent work3.

At L'OCCITANE, we want to live in a world where everyone can see and experience the beauty that nature has to offer. That's why Caring For Sight is one of L'OCCITANE’s historic commitments. In 1997, Braille was added to the packaging of most products. Every year since 2000, L'OCCITANE has sold a new solidarity product to raise funds to help its partner NGOs fight avoidable blindness around the world. In 2006, the L'OCCITANE Foundation was created to bring together and develop the philanthropic actions undertaken by the brand, including its support for eye care projects. L'OCCITANE, its subsidiaries and its Foundation have already helped 15 million people and have set the goal of reaching 20 million eye care beneficiaries by 2025.

In September 2022, the L’OCCITANE Foundation is launching a new Call for Projects, aiming to support eye care projects in 4 critical areas where needs are the greatest4 : 
-  Latin American & the Caribbean, Central Europe
-  Eastern Europe & Central Asia
-  Southeast Asia, East Asia & Oceania
-  South Asia.

1 WHO’s Report on Vision
2 IAPB’s Website
3 The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health
4 IAPB’s Vision Atlas

    Calendar of application

    • Launch of the Call for Projects: September 12th, 2022
    • Application deadline: October 15th, 2022
    • Feedback and alignment on proposals: Nov.-Dec. 2022
    • Announcement of selected projects: mid-December 2022
    • Signature of partnerships: starting January 2023
    • Transfer of first-year grants: by the end of March 2023

    Eligibility criteria

    Your application will be reviewed if all the below eligibility criteria are met: 

    •    The project needs to be carried out by a NON-PROFIT/GENERAL INTEREST organisation able to receive money transfers in EUROS.

    •    To ensure STRONG IMPACT of its support, the L’OCCITANE Foundation will give priority to LONG-TERM PROJECTS. The organisation must be willing to sign a 3-YEAR PARTNERSHIP.

    •    The TOTAL GRANT DONATED to the organisation will be BETWEEN 150K€ AND 600K€ TOTAL for the 3-year partnership.

    •    The project needs to have MEASURABLE RESULTS and IMPACT. The organisation must be able to follow and report annually the KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (KPIs) requested by the L’OCCITANE Foundation.

    •    The project must take place in one of the following critical areas: 
                      -    LATIN AMERICAN & THE CARIBBEAN
                      -    SOUTHEAST ASIA, EAST ASIA & OCEANIA
                      -    SOUTH ASIA.

    •    The project must focus on FIGHTING AGAINST AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS by PROVIDING EYE CARE (screening, treatment, eye surgery and/or purchasing equipment and/or training medical staff).

    •    The project must comply with at least one of the following approaches:
                       -    NICHE & SPECIFIC PATHOLOGIES PROJECT
                       -    HIGH QUANTITATIVE IMPACT PROJECT.

    •    The project must bring SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS AND LONG-TERM IMPACT, working towards the development of INTEGRATED PEOPLE-CENTERED EYE CARE (IPEC)5.

    •    The project must consider its ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, seeking to limit its CARBON FOOTPRINT and manage ITS WASTE to support CLIMATE RESILIENCE.

    5 IPEC (IAPB's definition, more information here):

    • is defined as services that are managed and delivered so that people receive a continuum of health interventions covering promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation
    • is coordinated across the different levels and sites of care within and beyond the health sector
    •  recognises people as participants and beneficiaries of these services, throughout their life course .

    To apply

    Please, send the following documents by email to caringforsight@loccitane.com before October 15th:

    • Completed application form
    • Legal status 
    • List of members of the Board 
    • Latest activity report 
    • Latest financial statements 

    Download the Application Form