Are you Eligible to Receive Commonwealth Foundation Grants 2016? Check Below & Proceed!

Focus Areas

Grants will be awarded to CSOs in support of participatory governance. Your project will need to address one of the following five focus areas:

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  1. Creative expression: You are an organisation that works in the field of creative expression and you wish to:
    • make unique creative contributions to public discourse, and/or
    • strengthen local creative sectors to support the work of writers and other storytellers in civil society
  2. Capacity development: You are a civil society organisation engaging in policy advocacy that wishes to have a stronger voice and message to effect change. You could be part of advocacy network, coalition or working group and you wish to:
    • enhance your effectiveness to engage constructively with the institutions in governance and/or the private sector at grass roots, national or regional level
    • strengthen the links with, and participation of your members and constituents in advocacy processes at grass roots, national or regional level
  3. Constructive engagement: You are a civil society organisation working to participate effectively in a constructive engagement process with institutions in governance and/or the private sector. You could be working on issues at grass roots, national or regional level with a view to:
    • developing policy and influencing decision making
    • advocating for policy implementation or policy change
  4. Learning and sharing: You are a civil society organisation working on a policy/advocacy issue who wishes to adapt a model of good and fit practice from another organisation, to help deliver your organisation’s work.
  5. The SAMOA Pathway: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have special significance in the Commonwealth. Of the 53 Commonwealth nations, 25 are SIDS. The Commonwealth Foundation is awarding grants to CSOs that wish to engage in the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway in their country. The SAMOA Pathway represents ambitious commitments made by 115 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) leaders at the Third International Conference on SIDS.

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • The applicant is a registered national or regional civil society organisation (CSO).
  • The applicant is seeking £30,000 per year or less.
  • The applicant is applying for funding for one to three years.
  • The average of the applicant’s total income over the last two years is less than £3m.
  • The project must address one of the five focus areas.
  • The project will take place in an eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country.
  • The project has not yet started.
  • The application includes counterpart resourcing of a minimum of 10% of the total project budget.
  • Applicants will be required to provide a detailed budget at full application stage where counterpart resourcing must be clearly reflected.
  • The applicant does not have an existing grant from the Commonwealth Foundation at the time the application window is opened. Please note that in order for a recent grantee to be eligible they must have submitted all reports on existing grants and received notification that the existing grant is closed.
  • For this grant cycle, projects should start between and October and December 2016.
  • The Commonwealth Foundation will not consider applications from:
    • Government and intergovernmental organisations
    • Organisations whose target beneficiaries are not from eligible Commonwealth Foundation member countries.

Application Process

  • The application for a grant is a two-stage process: preliminary application stage and full application stage. Organisations that are shortlisted will be invited to submit a full application.
  • To apply applicants will need to complete an online application form. A link to the form will be made available on the Commonwealth Foundation grants page when the call for applications opens.
  • The applicant will provide the following documents as part of the application:
    • a completed logic model using the Commonwealth Foundation template (Annex 4)
    • a copy of the organisation’s registration certificate (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)
    • a copy of the registration certificate for all partner organisations

For more information about these grants, please visit Commonwealth grants 2016.

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