Funding brief: The Foundation offers grants of up to £50,000 in support of innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation.
The Foundation also believes in the power of stories and storytelling for social change and will award grants for creative approaches that have the potential to influence public discourse.
The selection process is highly competitive and selected projects will have been designed to undertake work that has the potential to lead to one or more of the intermediate outcomes in the Foundation’s strategic Logic Model.
The Foundation’s programme teams are all involved in shaping the focus of the call for proposals. An internal review process, including long-listing by the Grants team followed by a short listing process involving all programme teams, prepares a final list of applications that is then submitted to the Grants Committee. Final decisions on which projects to support are made by the member states represented on the Foundation’s Grants Committee.
With more than 2.3 billion citizens, the Commonwealth provides a potentially huge pool of ideas for advancing societies.
Focus areas: They are interested in supporting projects that strengthen civic voice so that it:
● Is more effective in holding governance institutions to account
● Enhances involvement in policy processes
● Shapes public discourse
● Your project should address one or both of the following two areas and may include the use of creative expression to achieve project aims:
Stronger civic voice engaging in policy processes to hold government to account:Your project will strengthen the capacity of civic voices in contributing to:
● Monitoring government commitments and action
● Supporting the implementation of the sustainable development goals or other international agreements, and related local and national policy agendas
● Policy priorities to government that address gender and other power imbalances, disparities and discrimination
● Strengthening participatory methods of engaging in regional national and local governance processes
● Raising awareness and advocating for specific policy issues
Public discourse more reflective of less-heard voices
● Your project will support less heard voices to contribute to public discourse on development issues
● Your project will support less heard voices to access policy spaces and/or platforms with the potential to amplify voices and influence public discourse
Donor Name: Commonwealth Foundation
Funding name: No specific fund name
● Preliminary application: The deadline for submission of the preliminary application form is 17.00 GMT on 3rd, January, 2018.
● Full applications: The deadline for submission of full applications is 2nd, April, 2018.
Funding details link: https://commonwealthfoundation.com/grants/
Funding limit: £50,000
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant, the following criteria must be met:
● The applicant is a registered national or regional not for profit civil society organization (CSO).
● The applicant must be based in a Commonwealth Foundation member country and the project should take place in an eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country. A list of countries eligible to apply for a grant under this call is available at Annex A.
● The application is for funding for a maximum of £50,000 per annum
● The applicant is applying for funding for a maximum of four years
● The applicant does not have an existing grant from the Commonwealth Foundation at the time the application window is open.
● The average of the applicant’s total income over the last two years is less than £3m per annum
● The project must address the Commonwealth Foundation’s intermediate outcomes:
● The applicant will provide the following documents as part of the application:
a completed logic model using the Commonwealth Foundation template
a copy of the organization’s registration certificate (the official registration document provided by the relevant authorities in the country concerned)
a copy of the organization’s most recent audited accounts (it must include both the accounts and the opinion of the external auditor who has certified them)
a copy of the registration certificate for all partner organizations
III. The Commonwealth Foundation will not fund:
● Projects that are mid-cycle
● Attendance at training courses, workshops and conferences unless as part of a larger project funded by the grant
● Academic study or research unless as part of a larger project funded by the grant
● Publication of books and films, unless they are part of and/or learning tools developed as a result of a larger project funded by a Commonwealth Foundation grant
● Exchanges between developed countries
● Activities that are solely targeted at government officials and/or the private sector
The Commonwealth Foundation will not consider applications from:
● Government and intergovernmental organizations
● For profit organizations
● International NGOs with resources that exceed those of the Commonwealth Foundation
● Organizations who are not based in eligible Commonwealth Foundation member countries
● Organizations whose target beneficiaries are not from eligible Commonwealth Foundation member countries
Eligible Country: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, Swaziland, The Bahamas, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago.
Submission mail: Not found
Other important link:
● Apply: https://commonwealthfoundation.com/submit/
● Eligible country list: https://commonwealthfoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Grants-Call-November-2017-list-of-eligible-countries.pdf
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (https://commonwealthfoundation.com/submit/).
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