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World Meningitis Day

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World Meningitis Day 2024
Advocacy Fund pilot

Want to boost your meningitis advocacy activities for the 2024 World Meningitis Day in your country, but don’t have the funds to do so?


CoMO members are united in our desire for a world free of meningitis and we are all taking action to advocate for change by influencing decision-makers, stakeholders and relevant audiences in our communities.


CoMO is proud to offer five members a new opportunity to receive a cash grant, worth £2,000-£3,000 GBP each, to use for meningitis advocacy projects in the three months running up to World Meningitis Day 2024.


If you need a bit of inspiration, successful advocacy campaigns from the past include community initiatives such as raising awareness of meningitis symptoms in Pakistan by knocking on 2,000 doors, a health walk and live television discussion in Sierra Leone, and a campaign to light up buildings across Spain to mark the day. More examples.


The new CoMO World Meningitis Day Advocacy Fund is a unique opportunity to receive financial support to make your 2024 advocacy and engagement initiatives a reality. We are looking for innovative projects that have the potential to deliver high impact and change in your region.

Funding process and timeline


  • The fund will be open for applications from 21st May to 30th June 2024. The deadline for applications is 5pm BST (UK time) on 30th June 2024.

  • All applications will be reviewed by a panel of two CoMO/Meningitis Research Foundation employees and one Meningitis Research Foundation trustee.

  • Successful applicants will be announced in mid-July 2024.

  • Funded activities must take place between 1st August and 31st October 2024.

  • Reports on activities must be submitted by the grant recipients by 30th November 2024.

  • In February 2025, one of the funded projects will also receive the honorary World Meningitis Day Advocacy Award for most impactful project.

Please download the Word document and email your completed form to


Top tips to achieve funding

  • Describe your project in detail on the application form. Include a timeline, budget, and clear goals.

  • Ensure your project is achievable with the resources and time available.

  • Explain why your project is relevant in your community/region.

  • Tell us how you plan to measure success.  

  • Read more tips by downloading our applicant instructions.

Who is eligible?


  • Current CoMO members (who joined before 1st May 2024).

  • Members from all regions.

  • Members with any level of membership (Full Member, Associate Member or Friend).

  • Applications are welcome from all members, but member organisations with lower incomes will be given higher-priority access to funds.

  • Please note that individual members will not be asked to disclose their personal incomes as part of this process. 

How to apply

Please read this before applying.

Please download the Word document and email your completed form to

We would like to thank THET for their guidance in the development of our World Meningitis Day Advocacy Fund in its pilot year.

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Every year, World Meningitis Day brings together people from all over the world to highlight the need to raise awareness of meningitis, its signs and symptoms, the vaccines that are available, and that it is an infection that needs global attention and effort to be defeated.


Meningitis Research Foundation is an international charity which began in the UK in 1989. We’ve been working to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever they exist for over 30 years. The Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO) is our global network of patient groups, meningitis advocates, and health professionals. They work to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis in more than 50 countries.

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