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 December 2015 grants call is now closed. 

  • Preliminary applications will be assessed in January and February 2016
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application in March 2016 
  • The deadline for submission of full applications is 29 March 2016
  • All applicants will receive a formal notification on the outcome of their application by the end of July 2016 at the latest

Please sign up for notifications regarding dates for the next call and other news about our grants programme on our sign up page

At a glance

 What makes our grants so special?

  • Initiatives on participatory governance in Commonwealth Countries from grass roots to national level
  • Projects range across sectors and themes from creative expression to community empowerment; from health to human rights.
  • Grantees learn from each other and develop the tools to monitor and evaluate their projects through our learning workshops 

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
  5. The SAMOA Pathway 

Cross-cutting themes

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


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