COVID-19 special grants call: opens 1 September 2020

The Commonwealth Foundation Grants Programme is launching a special grants call in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commonwealth Foundation’s Grants Programme supports innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. In lieu of its annual grants call, the Foundation is launching a special grants call in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.  

The purpose of the special grants call is to enable the Foundation to deliver support to Commonwealth civil society organisations in response to COVID-19 quickly, efficiently and in a way that both reflects and advances our broader mission. To that end, the focus will be on supporting national initiatives that aim to engage constructively with government in strengthening relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild. The Foundation is also aware that the pandemic has created novel and urgent priorities for civil society action and engagement: from the emergence of acute vulnerability among certain groups to the need for insight into how new laws and policies are impacting on different groups of people. Proposals should address such priorities through the lens of participatory governance.  

The call will be open to eligible civil society organisations from all Commonwealth Member States. The amount of £10,000 – £30,000 will be awarded for a maximum 12-month duration. The launch for the call opens on 1 September 2020 to enable the implementation of funded projects to begin in early 2021.

Please visit the Foundation website to view applicant guidelines:

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