Commonwealth Foundation Grants for Supporting Civic Societies


Organisation:  The Commonwealth Foundation

Apply By:  07 Dec . 2018


Commonwealth Foundation Grants for Supporting Civic Societies
 

The Commonwealth Foundation’s mission is to support civic voices to share their stories, learn and act together and influence the institutions that shape people’s lives.

The Foundation works to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development with effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels of participatory governance which implies creative and constructive engagement between civil society and other governance stakeholders.

We see our programmes, contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Our grants

We 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

All proposals must ensure that the cross cutting theme of gender is mainstreamed throughout the project.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a grant, the following criteria must be met:

1. The applicant and, when applicable, partner(s) are registered not for profit civil society organisations (CSOs).

2. 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. A list of countries eligible under this call is available at Annex 1.

3. The application is for funding for a maximum of £50,000 per annum

4. The applicant is applying for funding for a maximum of four years

5. The applicant does not have an existing grant from the Commonwealth Foundation at the time the application window is open.

6. The average of the applicant’s total income over the last two years is less than £3m

7. The project must address one or both Commonwealth Foundation’s outcomes

8. 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 certificate2 for all partner organisations

Timeline

  • The call for applications opens at 12:00 GMT on 1 November 2018
  • The deadline for submission of the preliminary application form is 17:00 GMT on 7 January 2019
  • Preliminary applications will be assessed in January and February 2019

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