[Apply Now] Commonwealth Foundation Grants Programme 2022-2023

We seek to support initiatives that encourage and make possible meaningful and constructive engagement between civil society and government around policy and decision-making relevant to these three themes.

About Commonwealth Foundation Grants Programme

Commonwealth foundation is looking to support projects that seek to facilitate constructive engagement between civil society and government, including civil society participation in policy development and decision-making. The call focuses on three themes:
(i) health,
(ii) environment and climate change
(iii) freedom of expression.

Projects must address one or more of these three themes. Possible areas of focus within the themes can be found in the call guidelines. All projects are required to integrate considerations of gender into their design and implementation.
The Foundation’s themes overlap and connect in myriad ways. Applicants are encouraged to explore those intersections when developing their proposals and, where appropriate, consider addressing more than one theme.

Organization:  Commonwealth Foundation
Category: Grant
Eligible Country: Commonwealth Countries
Application Closing Date:  1 November 2022

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Organizations registered in the following Commonwealth Foundation Member States below are eligible to apply for a grant. (Click here for the list of eligible countries)
  • The applicant must be a not-for-profit civil society organization (CSO) registered in an eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country. (See here for list of eligible member countries).
  • Newly registered organizations (those that have been registered and operating for less than a year) should not apply.
  • The proposed project must be implemented in the country of registration. Projects can
    be implemented in one or more eligible Commonwealth Foundation member countries and can have a national, sub-national, regional, or international remit. In multi-country projects, strong local participation in project implementation is required (see further information on partnerships below).
  • The applicant organization must have a minimum of two years’ demonstrable experience
    working on participatory governance and advocacy within the area/theme(s) of the proposed project.
  • The total grant amount requested must be between £15,000 and £30,000 per year, and for a maximum of two years.
  • The requested grant amount should not exceed 70% of the applicant organisation’s total annual income, averaged over the past two years.
  • The annual income of the applicant organisation, averaged over the past two years, must be less than £2m.
  • The project proposal must address at least one of the notified priority themes.
  • The project proposal must demonstrate appropriate integration of general considerations. For example, the applicant may use the findings of gender analysis to inform the design of the project proposal and/or and ensure the allocation of adequate resources to address gender equality in the project cycle effectively.
  • Proposals must relate to projects that are expected to begin within the second half of
    2023 (i.e., after 1 July 2023 and before end of September 2023).


  • The total grant amount requested must be between £15,000 and £30,000 per year, and for a maximum of two years.

Required Document

All applicants must submit a completed online application form. All applications must
include the following additional documentation:

  • A logic model (using the template provided).
  • A copy of the organisation’s registration certificate. This should be a clear scan of an official registration document provided by the relevant authorities in the country where the applicant organisation is registered. Trust deeds will not be accepted in lieu of a registration certificate. When the original registration certificates are not in English, shortlisted applications can be expected to be asked to provide a certified translation.
  • For grants of £15,000 per annum: a copy of the organisation’s most recent audited accounts or annual accounts. Note that annual accounts must include a balance sheet, a profit and loss statement and notes about the account. They must be signed off by the organisation’s Board or its principal executive officer. Audited or annual accounts must not be older than December 2020.
  • For grants of £15,001 and above: a copy of the organization’s most recent audited accounts.
    Note that audited accounts n must include both the accounts and the opinion of the external auditor who has certified them. They must be signed off by the auditor and the organisation’s Board or its principal executive officer. They should not be older than December 2020.

Application Process

Interested applicants are to check the official website for the proper Application procedures. Visit the official announcement page for more details. To start your application, Click the apply now button below.


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