Global Fund for Community Foundations 

Type of project: Small grants to stimulate and support the development of community philanthropy organizations around the world. Our grants support activities that: Strengthen the efforts of community philanthropy organizations to respond to, change mindsets around and build support for complex, sensitive or apparently intractable issues at the community level and Strengthen the overall durability and effectiveness of community philanthropy organizations as trusted and rooted vehicles for people-led, people-owned development.

Location: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean. Priority is given to those countries where access to other funding opportunities is limited. Applications from community philanthropy organizations representing disadvantaged communities in the Global North will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility: The following organisations are eligible: community philanthropy organizations, community foundations, women’s´ funds, environmental funds, national public foundations, grassroots grant makers, or any other kind of organization that identifies with the concept and practice of community philanthropy. Organisations must be interested in the following to apply: Shifting power and control closer to communities so that people have greater say – and the opportunity to act – when it comes to driving their own development, Recognizing, valuing, growing local assets and resources as a central pillar of community-owned and community-led development; Piloting and demonstrating new approaches – whether around governance, decision-making, local resource mobilization – that build local agency and foster new kinds of participation and ownership?.  

Budget: US $7,000–$20,000