Jubilee Fund

The Credit Suisse Foundation Jubilee Fund has a clear focus on Switzerland and concentrates on implementing education and training projects.

The Credit Suisse Foundation is part of the company's corporate citizenship program and addresses social issues around the world, particularly in the fields of education and microfinance. The Credit Suisse Foundation Jubilee Fund has a clear focus on Switzerland and concentrates on implementing education and training projects in line with the global strategy. To this end, the Fund maintains partnerships with charitable organizations operating nationally, supports regional projects, and awards prizes for achievements in education and culture.


Experience and Education

The Jubilee Fund is committed to initiatives in the area of education and aims to promote a knowledge-sharing culture. Children, young people and adults should have the opportunity to acquire new experiences, learn new skills, and discover new talents.

Our definition of the concept of education and training goes beyond the traditional understanding of conventional ways of sharing knowledge in the classroom and focuses instead on innovation and a multi-faceted way of thinking. The Fund's involvement varies depending on the chosen approach to knowledge sharing, the degree of depth required in addressing each topic, and the target group. However, education is the primary focus of all of the projects that receive support.

Partnerships, Projects, Prizes

The Jubilee Fund primarily maintains long-term partnerships with charitable organizations operating nationally. Our resources provide assistance for initiatives that combine knowledge sharing, a focus on quality, innovation, impact, and sustainability.

To ensure that smaller institutions receive support too, the Fund also contributes to projects that have strong regional or local connections; generally these are one-time donations.

The prizes awarded for achievements in education and culture create platforms for particularly talented individuals and showcase innovative ideas. The Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and the Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes are awarded to exceptional young musicians, while the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching makes an important contribution to the quality of teaching at Swiss universities, technical colleges, and universities of applied sciences.

The Fund does not support:

  • Individuals (scholarships, study or course expenses etc.; support for individuals is limited to prizes for achievements in culture and science)
  • Infrastructural projects (new build, renovation, reconstruction, etc.)​
  • Organizations that are not ZEWO certified (Please provide brief reasons if not available)
  • Publications, production of CDs, concerts, festivals, and similar projects
  • Fundraising events
  • Conferences, symposia, and similar events
  • Projects with a commercial background
  • Leisure activities (e.g. holiday camps, graduation ceremonies, events, etc.)
  • Loans, deficit guarantees, operational and running costs
  • Membership fees

Please note that:

  • Grants are awarded only to not-for-profit organizations which are politically and religiously unaffiliated
  • Regional projects have to be realized at least two years after the grant has been made


The Jubilee Foundation was established in 1981 to mark the Bank's 125th anniversary. In 1998, it merged with the Jubilee Foundation of Swiss Volksbank, which was founded in 1969. In 2008, the Jubilee Foundation was integrated into the Credit Suisse Foundation under the name “Jubilee Fund of the Credit Suisse Foundation”.

The Credit Suisse Foundation, domiciled in Zurich, is a charitable foundation pursuant to Art. 80ff of the Swiss Civil Code and is supervised by the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations (Federal Department of Home Affairs). Since 2009, the Jubilee Fund of the Credit Suisse Foundation has been a member of SwissFoundations, the Association of Swiss grant-making Foundations.

National Partners

The Jubilee Fund maintains partnerships with charitable organizations operating nationally, supports regional projects, and awards three prizes for achievements in education and culture.

ETH Zurich Foundation

Over the last 150 years, the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) has become an important pillar of the Swiss economy. The ETH Zurich wants to continue pursuing its role as a driver for innovation in the coming 150 years. The Jubilee Fund has been supporting the ETH Zurich Foundation  in achieving this goal since 2008.

For more information, visit www.ethfoundation.ch

Swiss Youth Music Competition

The Swiss Youth Music Competition was established in 1975, and has been pursuing the same goals for over 20 years: finding talent and promoting all-round development. Since 2004, the Fund has been the main partner of the Swiss Youth Music Competition, which continues to enjoy increasing popularity. The Entrada rounds of the competition are held at nine different locations throughout Switzerland.

For more information, visit www.sjmw.ch

Forum Bildung Association

The Forum Bildung Association works for future-oriented development in education. Its "Swiss School Award" project, for example, aims to recognize and publicize exemplary innovations made by schools.

For more information, visit www.forumbildung.ch

Regional Projects

The Jubilee Fund maintains partnerships with charitable organizations operating nationally, supports regional projects, and awards three prizes for achievements in education and culture.

Examples of regional projects

Verein OneAction

The OneAction association focuses on the implementation of projects that combine sustainability, environmental aspects, and helping people to help themselves. The pilot project "Green Action" supports schools in building sustainability into everyday school life. Teachers, children, parents, and school staff receive coaching about implementing "green actions" (e.g. the creation of a recycling concept). 

University of Geneva

The Faculté de Traduction et d’Interprétation (Faculty of Translation and Interpreting) of the University of Geneva is developing the smartphone app "Trainslate," which uses a virtual signer to translate public announcements at SBB stations for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. There is also a replay function, so that the message can be played back as required.

Stiftung Schulmuseum Bern

The School Museum Foundation Bern reveals and researches the cultural heritage of schools, and of teacher training. The supporting program for the special exhibition "From the quill to the touchscreen" involves visitors – in particular school classes and students – interactively and imparts knowledge in an interesting way tailored to specific target groups.

Verein tüfteln.ch

The tüfteln.ch association ("tüfteln" means literally "to fiddle around") offers 9 to 19-year-olds extracurricular training in the fields of technology, science, and design. The project "tüftlerin.ch" gives girls the opportunity to discover their technical talents. At workshops in professional, industrial facilities, they are supported by a coach (apprentices in technical professions) who works with them. 

Verein Figura Theaterfestival

Every two years, the Figura Theaterfestival association stages the "Figura" festival in all theaters in Baden and Wettingen. It offers a top-class program and is intended not only for adults, but also for school classes and families. At the Figura Factory workshops, children and young people engage with their own strengths and future expectations in a fun way.

Schtifti Foundation

The aim of the Schtifti Foundation is to promote physical activity and to strengthen the vitality and well-being of children and young people throughout Switzerland. Young freestyle athletes and nutrition specialists spend a day with the students and show them that physical activity is fun and a balanced diet can taste great.

Pro Infirmis

The goal of Pro Infirmis is an inclusive society that recognizes people's diversity as a strength. In the pilot course "self-representation in political and social processes," people with learning disabilities develop skills that enable them to represent their personal and political concerns in public forums. They acquire basic knowledge of the political system, improve their communication skills, and learn how to present content in an audience-friendly manner.

Museum Appenzell

The Appenzell museum aims to be a place of education and mediation, offering a topical program to a wide audience. For children of primary school age, content from the permanent exhibition is prepared using a child-friendly approach to let them engage with the topic in a range of different ways (playful, tactile, creative, etc.).

Association Chemins des 7 Abeilles

The smartphone app "Chemins des 7 Abeilles" enables all those interested to obtain background information via their smartphone (history, geography, flora and fauna) about the region of La Chaux-de-Fonds, a UNESCO world heritage site. The association also offers tours for school classes and other target groups.

Fondation Neuchateloise pour la Coordination de l'Action Sociale

Every year, the Neuchâtel Foundation for the Coordination of Social Action supports some 450 blind and partially sighted people in the Canton of Neuchâtel through the initiative "Centrevue." People with impaired eyesight learn to make the best use of their vision and to use aids so that they can read or use a computer, for example.

Associazione Triangolo

"Fa che il cibo sia la tua medicina" (Let food be thy medicine) is a program for people suffering from cancer and their families that focuses on the role of nutrition. Those affected and their families learn from experts how a person suffering from cancer can be supported in a way that is tailored to their particular situation.

Associazione Universo Down

The aim of the Universo Down association is to bring together those affected by Down syndrome, their families and friends, as well as interested institutions. The focus is on developing and strengthening those affected, as well as supporting relatives. The inclusive IT project brings people with and without Down syndrome together, and helps to provide them with basic knowledge about using the internet and producing websites.

Stiftung Gletschergarten

The school project "Glaciers and Climate" is closely aligned to the skills defined in the "Lehrplan 21" curriculum and offers school classes tours of the Glacier Garden in Lucerne, a perfect place for extracurricular learning with evidence drawn from different eras in the history of the earth and its climate.

Verein Europa Forum Luzern

The Europa Forum Lucerne Association provides an international platform for meetings with representatives from the worlds of business, science, politics, and culture. As part of the project "Economy, Science, and Political Education," it explains economic and social interrelationships to students at the secondary level II. By visiting a company that illustrates the current topic, a concrete reference point is established. 

Musikkollegium Winterthur

In recent years, the Musikkollegium Winterthur has earned an excellent reputation in the field of music education for children and young people thanks to its wide range of projects. The "music workshop" promotes the creativity of the children, who create a "total work of art" with professional musicians and are given both artistic and educational support.

Stiftung Kinder- und Jugendmuseum

The long-term goal of the Children's and Youth Museum Foundation is to establish a stand-alone facility for children's culture in the Zurich area. Until the museum is established, the foundation offers 19 different interactive and interdisciplinary mobile workshops, which mainly visit school children who have fewer opportunities to visit city museums. 


The Jubilee Fund maintains partnerships with charitable organizations operating nationally, supports regional projects, and awards three prizes for achievements in education and culture.

Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching

The Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching was launched in collaboration with Swiss universities and technical colleges in 2006. The award aims to promote quality teaching at tertiary level, and to strengthen Switzerland as a center for science and research.

Prize winners 2017:

  • Prof. Siegfried Alberton, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
  • Costantino Lanni, University of Applied Science in Business Administration Zurich
  • Prof. Hans Ulrich Fuchs, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Greta Patzke, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Mehdi Jazayeri, University of Ticino
  • Dr. Vito Roberto, University of St. Gallen
  • Dr. Caroline Arni, University of Basel
  • Ursula Heim, Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Fabien Sorin, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Prof. Luc Bläser, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil
  • Pascal Engler & Simone Küng Egger, Berne University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Regina E. Aebi-Müller, University of Lucerne
  • Dr. rer. oec. Christian Moesch, University of Neuchâtel

Credit Suisse Young Artist Award

The Credit Suisse Young Artist Award is awarded every two years to mark the outstanding achievements of young solo musicians. The prize is awarded jointly by the Lucerne Festival, the Vienna Philharmonic, the "Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde" (Friends of Music Society) in Vienna and the Jubilee Fund. As well as prize money of CHF 75,000, the award also includes a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, as part of "Lucerne Festival, Summer".

Previous prize winners:

  • 2018, Kian Soltani (cello)
  • 2016, Simone Rubino (percussion)
  • 2014, Sergey Khachatryan (violin)
  • 2012, Vilde Frang (violin)
  • 2010, Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
  • 2008, Antoine Tamestit (viola)
  • 2006, Martin Helmchen (piano)
  • 2004, Sol Gabetta (cello)
  • 2002, Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
  • 2000, Quirine Viersen (cello) 

Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes

The Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes aims to make a distinct contribution to the development of highly talented young musicians in Switzerland. It is awarded every two years, alternating with the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. The Lucerne Festival, the Conference of Swiss Music Academies Switzerland (Konferenz Musikhochschulen Schweiz) and the Jubilee Fund are responsible for awarding the prize of CHF 25,000, which also includes a recital in the "debut.lucerne" range of events at "Lucerne Festival, Summer".

Previous prize winners:

  • 2017, Valentine Michaud (saxophone)
  • 2015, Vojin Kocić (guitar)
  • 2013, Laura Schmid (recorder) and  Pablo Barragán (clarinet)
  • 2011, Mi Zhou (cello)
  • 2009, Andriy Dragan (piano)
  • 2007, Aniela Frey (flute)
  • 2005, Tecchler Trio with Benjamin Engeli (piano), Esther Hoppe (violin) and Maximilian Hornung (cello)
  • 2003, Pawel Mazurkiewicz (piano)
  • 2001, Sol Gabetta (cello)

Grant Applications


Checklist for submitting Project Details (PDF)

As a general rule the Fund’s Grants Committee assesses project funding applications in fall, and awards grants as appropriate.