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

  • Open to civil society organisations (CSOs)
  • Up to £30,000 per year
  • Multi-year funding available (up to three years)
  • Delivered in Commonwealth Foundation eligible member countries


2015 application dates

A new call for grants will open on 6 January 2015. Sign up to receive updates when further information is available. The deadline for submission of the preliminary application form is 17.00 GMT on 29 January 2015.

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Download resources

These resources will be helpful for your application, so download them from here and take some time to read them before the call opens on 6th January 2015.


Areas of focus

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

  • Strengthening the ability of CSOs to use creative expression for participatory governance
  • Enhancing the capacity of CSOs, networks and alliances to engage in participatory governance
  • Facilitating interaction and constructive engagement in governance
  • Building a culture of learning and knowledge sharing


Cross-cutting themes

Grant projects should integrate one or more of the following cross-cutting themes in their design:

  • Gender equality
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Cultural respect and understanding