APPLY: 2024 Commonwealth Foundation Grants For Civil Society Activities

The Commonwealth Foundation Grants provide financial support of up to £30,000 for projects with a duration of up to two years, targeting civil society organizations across the Commonwealth.

Our funding is dedicated to initiatives fostering positive interactions between civil society and policymakers, encompassing active involvement in policy formation and decision-making processes.

Applicants must align their projects with one or more of our three primary themes, while also showcasing their commitment to incorporating gender perspectives throughout their project design and execution.

Scholarship Summary for 2024 Commonwealth Foundation Grants For Civil Society Activities

  • Host: The Commonwealth
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries
  • Reward: £200,000
  • Deadline: October 23, 2023

Details for 2024 Commonwealth Foundation Grants For Civil Society Activities

The Commonwealth Foundation places its trust in the potency of narratives and the act of storytelling as agents of societal transformation, and is prepared to provide grants for inventive approaches capable of shaping public discussions.

Every proposal is expected to prioritize the overarching theme of gender integration across the entirety of the project.

The Commonwealth Foundation Grants are closely aligned with the Commonwealth Charter, reflecting its principles and ambitions. These grants center around three primary thematic areas, as defined in the Foundation’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026:

  • Health
  • Environment and climate change
  • Freedom of expression

Scholarship Requirements:

To qualify for a Commonwealth Foundation Grants grant, applicants must adhere to the following criteria:

  1. The applicant and, when applicable, partner(s) must be registered as non-profit civil society organizations (CSOs).
  2. Both the applicant and, when relevant, partner(s) must be located within a member country of the Commonwealth Foundation, and the project should be executed within an eligible member country. A list of eligible countries under this call can be found in Annex 1.
  3. The application seeks funding up to a maximum of £50,000 per year.
  4. The applicant seeks funding for a maximum period of four years.
  5. The applicant does not hold an existing grant from the Commonwealth Foundation at the time the application window is open.
  6. The average annual income of the applicant over the last two years does not exceed £3 million.
  7. The project must address one or both of the Commonwealth Foundation’s objectives.
  8. As part of the application, the applicant is required to provide the following documents:
    • A completed logic model using the Commonwealth Foundation’s template.
    • A copy of the organization’s official registration certificate (provided by the relevant authorities in the respective country).
    • The most recent audited accounts of the organization (comprising both the financial statements and the external auditor’s certified opinion; it should not be dated earlier than December 2016).
    • A copy of the registration certificate for all partner organizations.

Duration and Reward

The Commonwealth Foundation Grants provide funding of up to £200,000 for a duration of four years to back inventive project concepts and strategies. These initiatives aim to enhance the capacity of civil society voices to interact with governmental bodies and hold the potential to enhance governance and development outcomes by actively engaging in such efforts.

Required Documents

The application process for Commonwealth Foundation Grants consists of two stages: the preliminary application and the full application. Only selected organizations will receive invitations to submit a full application.

Preliminary applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The application has a clear problem definition.
  • The application clearly demonstrates that it is demand driven and relevant.
  • The project must address one or both Commonwealth Foundation outcomes
  • The application clearly shows how the planned activities will deliver outputs that lead to the project outcomes.
  • The organization(s) has the capacity to deliver the submitted proposal.
  • The project must mainstream gender in the project design and project plan

Full applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria, in addition to the criteria used during the preliminary application stage:

  • The application clearly outlines a strategy to ensure the sustainability of the positive outcomes achieved by the project beyond the funding period provided by the Commonwealth Foundation.
  • A well-defined Monitoring and Evaluation strategy is in place for the project.
  • The project demonstrates a robust gender analysis of the issue, incorporates gender considerations, and identifies how the expected changes will specifically benefit women and girls.

The selection process is highly competitive, and chosen projects should be designed to undertake work that has the potential to lead to one or more of the outcomes outlined in the Foundation’s strategic logic model..

Method of Application

To apply for the Commonwealth Foundation Grants, please utilize the provided link if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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