Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF): Inviting applications for ‘GFCF grants programme, 2018’ to strengthen and support community philanthropy approaches.

Funding brief: The GFCF is inviting concept notes for a grants programme aimed at strengthening and supporting community philanthropy approaches that:
● Strengthen the efforts of CPOs to respond to, change mindsets around and build support for complex, sensitive or apparently intractable issues at the community level (e.g. social cohesion and other community divisions, environmental issues, women’s issues, youth, other minority rights, marginalized and vulnerable communities etc.).
● Strengthen the overall durability and effectiveness of CPOs as trusted and rooted vehicles for people-led, people-owned development (whether around grantmaking systems, governance and management structures, fund development and sustainability, communications platforms, etc.).

Specific activities could include:
● Strengthening the efforts of individual CPOs that are seeking to mobilize local resources and / or foster the growth of local philanthropy for progressive social change.
● Testing or piloting new strategies and approaches in their work (for example, a new resource mobilization strategy, a participatory grantmaking programme, etc.)
● Strengthening the evidence base for community philanthropy by documenting and demonstrating practice / outcomes etc.

Donor Name: Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF)
Funding name: GFCF grants programme, 2018

● Deadline for submission of concept notes: 20th, July, 2018
● Deadline for submission of full application: 10th, September, 2018

Funding details link:

Funding limit:
● Grants will be in the range of U.S. $10,000 – $20,000 (size will depend on annual budget, nature of activities and whether the organization is already known to the GFCF).
● Participation in a learning network / grantee convening may be a condition of the grant.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Grants will be for an initial period of one year (follow-on funding may be possible).

Eligible organization: As below

● CPOs (including community foundations, women’s funds, environmental funds, national public foundations, grassroots grantmakers, etc.). Applicants should be grantmakers who are mobilizing local resources and / or attempting to build a culture of philanthropy in their community.

● Past grant recipients and applicants are welcome to apply.

Eligible Country: CPOs based in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean.

Submission mail:

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How to apply: The GFCF uses a two-step application process.
● Submit a concept note by Friday 20th July 2018. This is the first step in the process but does not guarantee an invitation to submit a proposal.
● Invitation to submit a full application. Due to funding limitations not all organizations will be invited to this second stage.

● To apply, please submit an online grant inquiry using the fields provided here. Alternatively, applicants may submit a preliminary concept note of no more than one page by e-mail to Wendy Richardson ( at the GFCF. This note should include responses to each of the fields contained in the online grant inquiry form.

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