Commonwealth Foundation 2021-22 Grants Programme

Type of project:  Civil society projects that aim to advance one or more of the following themes can be supported through this call: (i) Health; (ii) Environment and climate change; (iii) Freedom of expression. We seek to support initiatives that encourage and make possible meaningful and constructive engagement between civil society and government around policy and decision-making relevant to these three themes. Applicants are encouraged to explore those intersections between the themes when developing their proposals and, where appropriate, consider addressing more than one theme. Examples of programmes in each theme are available here.

Location: Bangladesh, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, South Africa, The Bahamas, Uganda, Zambia.  Applications from eligible small and vulnerable states are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility:  The applicant is a registered not-for-profit civil society organisation in an eligible country. The project must be implemented in the country of registration. Organisations registered in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand may apply as partners to the lead applicants in the above listed countries. The average of the applicant organisation’s total annual income over the past two years must be less than £2m.

Grant size: £15,000 – £30,000 per year for a maximum of two years. The requested grant amount should not exceed 70% of the applicant organisation’s total annual income.

Closing date:  30 November