Applications are Now Open for Commonwealth Foundation Grants of Up to £30,000 for Sustainable Development in Commonwealth Countries

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Deadline: 5 January 2016

The Commonwealth Foundation awards annual grants for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation. The grants are open to civil society organisations (CSOs) working in Commonwealth Foundation eligible member countries. (List mentioned below).

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The Commonwealth Foundation’s mission is to develop the capacity of civil society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives, as we work towards a more effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation.

In addition to awarding grants to civil society organizations (CSOs), the grants programme will broker knowledge and ideas. It will support innovation, share replicable and sustainable models, and promote good practices across the participatory governance sector.

Grants Available & Duration

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  • Up to £30,000 per year
  • Multi-year funding available (up to three years)

Grants programme objectives

The grants programme has three objectives:

  1. To deliver an efficient and effective programme which is responsive to the development needs of CSOs across the Commonwealth.
  2. To complement the effectiveness of the Foundation’s projects by providing grants to CSOs beyond those supported through the programme work.
  3. To generate knowledge and understanding of participatory governance and its benefits in promoting effective, responsible and accountable governance within the Commonwealth by supporting models of good practice.

Eligible Countries

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This is the current list of Commonwealth Foundation member countries that are eligible for projects to be undertaken in their country.

Antigua and Barbuda*, Bangladesh, Barbados*, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana*, India, Jamaica*, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Maldives*, Malta, Mauritius*, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea*, Rwanda, Seychelles*, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Lucia*, Swaziland, The Bahamas*, Tonga*, Trinidad and Tobago*

Note: *Small Island Developing States in Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean eligible for grants under the SAMOA Pathway focus area.

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Key Dates

  • The call for applications opens at 12.00 GMT on 1 December 2015
  • The deadline for submission of the preliminary application form is 17.00 GMT on 5 January 2016
  • Preliminary applications will be assessed in January and February 2016
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application in March 2015
  • The deadline for submission of full applications is 29 March 2016
  • All applicants will receive a formal notification on the outcome of their application by the end of July 2016 at the latest.

Are you eligible to receive commonwealth foundation’s grants? Check out in the Next article.



  1. Hi I am a Stranger to the organisation…. BT I met the principal n she requested for help…. Its a school for mentally retarded children in Bangalore n the name of the school is Arpana…. The school is in urgent need for funds as their is no aids coming for them… There are about 30 mentally retarded children in it n its come to a extant where they can’t even provide food for them…. Kindly help this school to survive n to flourish many mentally retarded children’s lives… Al details n contribution direct to school account n if anyone wants they can visit the school…. Hoping to change the life’s of many kids through ur support kindly help even 100rs wil make a great difference…. We really need support… Thank u

    • Avatar Deepika Singh says

      Hi Sarah,

      Fundsforngos is not a funding organization and we do not provide grants. We are a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding.

      You can visit a good range of funding opportunities on our website. Hope you will find the relevant one.

      Thank You!

  2. Avatar Evans Ahenkan says

    I want to know the address to send the proposal to if Ghana is eligible.

    • Avatar Deepika Singh says

      Hi Evans,
      To apply for this grant proposal, please visit the link given on the last line of the article.

      Thank you !

  3. Hi am looking for any call on ict integration in education in kenya, basically literacy and curriculum as a whole, teacher training and community sensitization.

  4. Avatar Tara Bahadur Bhandari says

    Is not this grant for Nepal ? Because it is in the south Asia

    • Avatar Rashmi Kanti says

      Hi Tara Bahadur,
      These grants are only for Commonwealth eligible countries mentioned in the article. For more information on eligibility, please visit ‘Next’ article.
      Thank you!

  5. Avatar Gilo Ambrose Brima says

    Dear Colleague,

    Sierra Leone is becoming one of the prominent west African states in human trafficking, our government is not willing to speak about it. Neither pay attention to even popularize the Act 2005, communities know very little about it. I am asking if there are grant for CBOs start working and sensitizing the indigenous communities about these