Grants Programme, Commonwealth Foundation, 2019-2020, UK


January 09, 2020

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Commonwealth Foundation: Grants Programme

With more than 2.3 billion citizens, the Commonwealth provides a potentially huge pool of ideas for advancing societies.

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.


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

 1. The applicant and, when applicable, partner(s) are registered not-for-profit civil society organisations (CSOs). 

2. The applicant and, when applicable, partner(s) must be registered in a Commonwealth Foundation member country and the project should take place in an eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country. A list of countries eligible under this call is available at Annex one.

3. The application is for funding for a maximum of £50,000 per annum 

4. The applicant is applying for funding for a maximum of four years

5. The applicant does not have an existing grant from the Commonwealth Foundation at the time the application window is open.

6. The average of the applicant’s total income over the last two years is less than £3m 

7. The project must address one or both Commonwealth Foundation’s outcomes 

8. The applicant will provide the following documents as part of the application: 

 a completed logic model using the Commonwealth Foundation template 

 a copy of the organisation's registration certificate1 (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; it should not be older than December 2017)2

 a copy of the registration certificate3 for all partner organisations 

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