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.

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

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

Association dansehabile

The Association dansehabile in Geneva runs inclusive cultural projects which encourage dancers with and without physical disabilities to meet. The "Atéliers de danse intégrée" bring art and disability together and enable participants of all ages to live, interact, and create something together.

Fondation Ensemble

The Fondation Ensemble aims to support people with mental disabilities in the areas of housing, education, and training. With projects such as "La Petite Arche," the foundation promotes inclusion and encounters between people with and without disabilities. Personalized pedagogical support helps develop autonomy and enables children with learning disabilities and sensory and motor disorders to come into contact with children without disabilities.

Bern Music Festival

The promotion of music is an important part of the Bern Music Festival, which takes place annually for five days and focuses on a chosen topic. Young people can get to grips with the radio play genre within the framework of the "Hörclubs" (hearing clubs) music education project. Under the guidance of experts, they make their first recordings; for children with visual impairments, a new hearing club which takes their special abilities into account is being set up for the first time.

Creaviva – Zentrum Paul Klee

The Creaviva Children's Museum at the Zentrum Paul Klee sees itself as a supra-regional competence center for experience-oriented and interactive art and cultural mediation, based on the life and work of Paul Klee. The "CreaMobil" mobile cultural education project addresses children, young people, and their families and encourages them to engage with art and culture in an entertaining, interactive way.

terre des hommes

With "Imagine," terre des hommes addresses the issues of exclusion, racism, and discrimination. Around 50 young people hold workshops in school classes and organize advertising campaigns and events to raise awareness and promote discussion. The "Imagine Festival" at the "Barfi" in Basel will then form the highlight of the project and inspire around 30,000 visitors to reflect.

University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)

The interdisciplinary treatment of social topics and challenges and the overall social context is a major concern of the University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland. In cooperation with libraries, the "Dialogisches Lesen" (Dialogue Reading) project supports kindergarten children from disadvantaged families who have German as a second language and investigates the impact. Dialogue reading will continue to be firmly anchored in the participating institutions and families even after the project has been completed.

go tec! Foundation Switzerland

The go tec! foundation Switzerland wants to stimulate the interest and passion of children and young people for technology. In order to introduce girls in particular to topics relating to math, computer science, natural sciences, and technology, the foundation offers courses, together with the Ecole Polytéchnique Féderale Lausanne, in which coding can be learned in a playful manner under expert female guidance.

think thank thurgau Foundation

The think thank thurgau foundation initiates and supports projects dealing with political, economic, scientific, and cultural changes and developments. Involving young people in its activities is one of the foundation's major concerns. Each year, in the competition "Die Thurgauer Jugend denkt die Zukunft" (Young people from Thurgau think the future), pupils from cantonal and vocational schools are invited to submit their final examination essays, which have a connection with Thurgau, and have them judged by a jury of experts. The best three essays are then presented to an interested audience at a public event.


The Fondation Arc Jurassien Industrie (FAJI) aims to support the mechanical, electrical, and metal-working industries in the Arc Jurassien, not least by trying to counteract the shortage of skilled workers. With #bepog (be part of the game) young people – and their parents and teachers – are shown that technical professions are attractive and offer numerous personal development options. FAJI offers leisure workshops for young people and engages with various kinds of schools; female ambassadors are deployed especially for the girls target group.

Swiss Association for the Deaf

The Swiss Association for the Deaf acts as the umbrella self-help organization for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Switzerland and is committed to equal rights and opportunities in all areas of life. As part of the "Coffret à histoires" project, a sign language interpreter and a sign language teacher visit kindergartens and playgroups with deaf and hearing children once a week. Together, the children experience a story, both through hearing and with the help of sign language. This promotes and strengthens mutual understanding and inclusion.

Fragile Suisse – Associazione Ticino per persone con lesioni cerebrali

The association cares for people with brain injuries and helps them and their relatives to cope with the challenges of everyday living. Numerous workshops give those affected the opportunity to learn new skills, meet other people with similar problems and, ideally, regain some autonomy in terms of mobility and sensory awareness.

Associazione Museo in Erba

The Associazione Museo in Erba maintains the museum of the same name, which focuses its activities on the target group of children. The museum's educational program concentrates on introducing children to art and culture with the aim of awakening their creativity and curiosity. Despite its modest budget, the project "L'arte in gioco per tutti" enables families and schools to visit creative ateliers and engage with art.

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Social Work

To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018, the School of Social Work at Lucerne's University of Applied Sciences and Arts plans to carry out 100 charitable projects. Students of all ages will work together with non-profit organizations in 100 locations in German-speaking Switzerland. In this way, the university aims to promote the idea of charity and make the importance of voluntary work for the community visible; in addition, the students will have a chance to gain valuable experience in project management.

Lucerne Theater Association

The Lucerne Theater Association attaches great importance to promotional work, which is why it frequently launches innovative projects like "Youth Directorship." Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 are given the opportunity to create their own theater at a venue and to develop, manage, and fill this space with artistic content. This creates an open space for experimenting and thinking and gives the young theater creators responsibility and skill sets.

Musikkollegium Winterthur

Since 2007, the Musikkollegium Winterthur has had a "Youth Representative" who teaches children and young people in an age-appropriate way to enjoy classical music and culture in general. The "Sing with Us" initiative, for example, invites children aged between 7 and 11 to discover the joy of singing. Together with the Winterthur Conservatory Youth Choir, the participating school classes perform and present their repertoire to an interested audience.

The "Tanne" Foundation for the Deafblind

As a competence center for children, young people, and adults with a congenital or acquired hearing impairment, the Tanne Foundation offers a comprehensive range of care, accommodation, and therapies. Sign language is the key to communicating with the people affected. To support learners of the PORTA sign language (a German-Swiss collection of gestures which cover the abilities and needs of people with mental and multiple sensory disabilities), the foundation is developing an app which will help learners acquire the numerous complex gestures through drawings, animations, and videos.


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 2019:

  • Prof. Dr. C. Wacharamanotham, University of Zurich
  • Dr. Andreas Wittmer, University of St. Gallen

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:

  • 2019, Marianna Bednarska (percussion)
  • 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.