The Commonwealth Foundation works to enhance the role of civil society organizations by strengthening their institutional and human capacity — and by creating opportunity for dialogue, collaboration, replication of good practices, and learning.
The Foundation is open to all members of the 53 Commonwealth countries.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Grants to civil society for participatory governance. The Commonwealth Foundation makes grants for projects that contribute to effective, responsive, and accountable governance with civil society participation.
Grants support a wide range of subject areas in grassroots development, including topics related to agriculture and environment. Environmental sustainability is one of three cross-cutting themes.
The grants program is open to civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Foundation’s eligible member countries. Grants are up to £50 thousand per year for projects of up to three years. Applicants need to provide at least 10% counterpart funds.
APPLICATION: The Commonwealth Foundation posts calls for applications. It posts eligibility criteria; an application form; and a submission deadline.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Brunei, Kiribati, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga
South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Sub-Saharan Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Latin America and Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
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