Open Society Initiative for Sothern Africa call for proposals for civil society organizations

Open Society Initiative for Sothern Africa (OSISA) has been engaged in building vibrant and tolerant democracies in southern Africa by means of different thematic and country focused programs, which provide grants to civil society organizations.

Grants are approved by the OSISA board on a quarterly basis, and the foundation accepts applications twice a year, through open calls. Updated and mini-calls are also issued from time-to-time.

In its latest call for proposals, OSISA is seeking inviting civil society organizations or state actors from Southern Africa for its projects beginning after March 2012.


  • Promote an ethos of transparency and accountability;
  • Build skills and capacities, with a focus on the most vulnerable first;
  • Promote tolerance by building bridges with marginalized groups;
  • Promote public and citizen participation in policy and law-making processes; and,
  • Encourage debate and foster dialogue to promote pluralism

Types of grants available

  • Core support
  • Capacity Building
  • Social Media
  • Activity focused advocacy grants
  • Research and policy grants

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • Represent an NGO, cooperative, government department or entity, network, alliance, academic institution or forum that is legal registered in your country;
  • Be legally registered and/or work closely with an organisation that is reputable and legally registered;
  • Work with minority groups or communities of vulnerable people with an emphasis on sexual minorities, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, women and young people.

Selection Criteria

Grants will be awarded based on available funding and the priorities outlined on our website for each program. Grant awards are for one year. Multiyear funding will be contingent upon availability of funding and submission of satisfactory progress reports.

Last date for submission of proposals is October 10, 2011.

For more information and details, you can visit this link.


  1. We are Tanzanian community based organisation who registered in 2008. We are much interested in this programme due to the fact that we are working in scaltered area were there are so many challenges concerning the issue of good governance,advocacy e.t. This grants may be a golden chance to explore the hidden things from the remote areas in Tanzania

  2. John Tanzania Sisi Kwa Sisi Foundation says:

    We are marginalized youth foundation(MSM) dealing on advocacy on human right issues in Tanzania but not yet registered ,we are on the process of registration,we are very much interested in applying for this grant.As you know that Tanzania are in the process of changing the constitution so this grants will be very useful for Msm to advocacy and to know their rights,please see how you can help us?

  3. Kulani Trust says:

    We are a youth oriented and youth centred civic organisation based and operating in marginalised area of Bulilimamangwe (Zimbabwe), at the vicinity of the border between Zimbabwe and Botswana. We are very much interested in applying for the grant.