The Commonwealth Foundation awards grants for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation.

With more than 2.3 billion citizens, the Commonwealth provides a potentially huge pool of ideas for advancing societies. The Commonwealth Foundation’s grants help civil society organisations get their ideas across to policymakers.

The Commonwealth Foundation launched two grants calls in the 2016/17 period:

1) Grants call for projects to be implemented in eligible countries in Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe 

  • The deadline for submission of the preliminary application form was 17.00 GMT on 4 January 2017 
  • This grants call is now closed.

2) Grants call for projects to be implemented in Pacific Islands - Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Tonga

  • The deadline for submission of the preliminary application form is 17.00 GMT on 10 February 2017
  • To apply for this call and access supporting documents, click here.

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Focus areas

Grant projects must focus on one or more of the following:

  1. Creative expression
  2. Capacity development
  3. Constructive engagement
  4. Learning and sharing

Cross-cutting themes

Applicants are encouraged to integrate the cross cutting theme of gender into the project design.

 

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