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.
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
Donor Name: Commonwealth Foundation
Funding name: No specific fund name
Deadline: 9th, January, 2020 5pm GMT
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: The Foundation offers grants of up to £200,000 over four years.
The application is for funding for a maximum of £50,000 per annum.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Four years
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, all of 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 registered in a Commonwealth Foundation member country and the project should take place in an eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country. A list of countries eligible under this call.
● 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 and partner organisations do 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.
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, Nigeria,, New ZealandPakistan, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka,, St LuciaTonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Zambia
1. Please note that this list of eligible countries was updated on 22 October 2019
* 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: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
The applicant will provide the following documents as part of the application:
● Completed logic model using the Commonwealth Foundation template
● A copy of the organisation’s registration certificate
● 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 2017)
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