The Commonwealth Foundation Grants Program 2021-2022 is now accepting applications.
As one of the Commonwealth’s three intergovernmental pillars, the Foundation works to bridge the gap between government and the people.
The Foundation strives to include civil society’s voice in all elements of government, promoting civil society participation in the development of policies and choices that influence people’s lives.
The Commonwealth Charter and its ideals and goals are integrally related to the Foundation’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026, which defines three main areas of focus: health, environment and climate change, and freedom of expression.
This open funding appeal will support civil society initiatives that strive to promote these issues.
Grant for the Commonwealth Foundation Grants Program
- For a maximum of two years, the total grant amount sought must be between £15,000 and £30,000 each year.
- The application must be a non-profit civil society organization that is registered (CSO).
- The application must be registered in a Commonwealth Foundation member nation that is eligible, and the proposed initiative must be executed in that country. Projects may be executed in one or more Commonwealth Foundation member nations, and their scope can be national, subnational, regional, or transnational. The Foundation fosters cooperation with partners in each nation participating in multi-country initiatives.
- The candidate must be able to provide proven experience working on participatory governance and advocacy within the chosen region / subject for at least two years (s).
- The grant amount sought cannot exceed 70% of the applicant organization’s total yearly revenue.
- The applicant organization’s total yearly revenue must be less than £2 million on average during the last two years.
- At least one of the main topics must be addressed in the project proposal, and gender issues must be integrated appropriately and meaningfully.
Application for the Commonwealth Foundation Grants Program
In addition, applicants must provide the following documents:
- A logic model and a timetable of activities (completed using the provided template).
- A copy of the organization’s certificate of registration (the official registration document provided by the relevant authorities in the country of registration). In place of a registration certificate, trust deeds will not be accepted. Shortlisted applicants may be required to produce a translation if the original registration certificates are not in English.
- A copy of the organization’s most recent audited accounts or yearly accounts is required for donations of £15,000 per year. A balance sheet, a profit and loss statement, and account notes must all be included in yearly accounts. They must be approved by the organization’s Board of Directors or the organization’s chief executive officer. Accounts must be audited or annualized no later than December 2019.
- A copy of the organization’s most recent audited accounts is required for awards of £15,001 and above. It’s worth noting that audited financial statements must contain both the financial statements and the opinion of the external auditor who certified them. They should not be more than a year old as of December 2019.