Commonwealth Foundation November 2018 grants call


Commonwealth Foundation November 2018 grants call is now open for applications for innovative projects that strengthen civic voice so that it is more effective in holding governance institutions to account, enhances involvement in policy processes and shapes public discourse

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.

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Preliminary applications for the 2018/2019 call will be accepted from 1 November 2018 at 12pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  The deadline for preliminary applications is 7 January 2019 at 5pm GMT.

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Call resources, including a list of eligible countries and guidelines for applicants, can be found here:


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

Eligibility: registered non-for-profit Civil Society Organisations may apply. The applicant’s average of total income over the last two years must be less than £3m
Grant size: up to £50,000 per year for a maximum of £200,000 over four years.