Funding brief: With more than 2.3 billion citizens, the Commonwealth provides a potentially huge pool of ideas for advancing societies.
The Foundation offers grants of up to £200,000 over four years 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 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 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.
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 outcomes and may include the use of creative expression to achieve project aims:
1. Stronger civic voices 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
● Advocating 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
2. 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
Preliminary applications will be assessed on the criteria below:
● 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 organisation(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 assessed on the criteria below, in addition to the criteria used at the preliminary application stage:
● The application clearly illustrates a strategy to sustain the positive outcomes from the project beyond the duration of the funding received from the Commonwealth Foundation
● There is a clear Monitoring and Evaluation strategy for the project
● The project includes a strong gender analysis of the problem, mainstreams gender and identifies how the anticipated change specifically impacts women and girls.
Donor Name: Commonwealth Foundation
Funding name: No specific fund name
Preliminary applications for the 2018/2019 call will be accepted from 1st, November, 2018 at 12pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The deadline for preliminary applications is 7th, January, 2019 at 5pm GMT.
The deadline for submission of full applications is 5t, April, 2019
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Funding limit: The Foundation offers grants of up to £200,000
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: For this grant cycle, projects should start between October and December 2019.
Project duration: Over four years
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant, the following criteria must be met:
● The applicant and, when applicable, partner(s) are registered not for profit civil society organisations (CSOs).
● The applicant and, when applicable, partner(s) must be based in a Commonwealth Foundation member country and the project should take place in an eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country.
● 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
● The project must address one or both Commonwealth Foundation’s 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 organisation’s registration certificate1 (the official registration document provided by the relevant authorities in the country concerned)
A copy of the organisation’s most recent audited accounts (it must include both the accounts and the opinion of the external auditor who has certified them; it should not be older than December 2016)
A copy of the registration certificate for all partner organisations
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 organisations
● For profit organisations
● Organisations who are not based in eligible Commonwealth Foundation member countries
● Organisations whose target beneficiaries are not from eligible Commonwealth Foundation member countries
Eligible Country: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia*, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada*, Cyprus, Eswatini, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand*, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom*, Vanuatu, Zambia
1 Please note that this list of eligible countries will be updated on the 1 November 2018
* These countries are eligible to apply but project activities must be implemented in eligible countries in this list that do not have asterisks beside them.
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: To apply applicants will need to complete and submit an online application form using the online application system. A link to the form will be made available on the Commonwealth Foundation grants page when the call for applications opens.
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