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APPLY: 2022 Commonwealth Foundation Grants for Young Leaders

Applications for the Commonwealth Foundation Grant Program is open for entrepreneurs from all over the world. 

The Foundation offers up to £30,000 yearly for the maximum of two years for qualified applicants. 

The Foundation is looking to fund initiatives that promote civil society participation in decision-making and policy development, as well as constructive interaction between civil society and the government.

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Details:

The three themes of the call are freedom of expression, environment and climate change, and health. One or more of these three themes must be covered by projects.

The Foundation is looking to fund initiatives that promote civil society participation in decision-making and policy development, as well as constructive interaction between civil society and the government.

As one of the three intergovernmental pillars of the Commonwealth, the Foundation operates within that critical space between government and the people. The Foundation works to bring the voice of civil society into all aspects of governance, supporting civil society engagement in shaping the policies and decisions that affect people’s lives.

FOCUS AREAS
Applicants must address one or more of the Foundation’s three priority themes:

  • Health
  • Environment and climate change
  • Freedom of expression

The Foundation 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.

The Foundation’s themes overlap and connect in myriad ways. Applicants are encouraged to explore those intersections when developing their proposals and, where appropriate, consider addressing more than one theme.

Possible health focus areas may include supporting civil society to engage meaningfully with government on:

  • Advocating for universal health coverage
  • Realising the right to health through better availability, quality, and accountability in health services and delivery
  • Developing programmes and policies that address the social determinants of health.

Possible environment and climate change areas may include supporting civil society to engage meaningfully with government on:

  • Developing, reviewing and improving laws, policies and practices aimed at addressing environmental and climate threats
  • Monitoring the implementation of relevant laws, policies and practices — such as national climate plans or commitments
  • Addressing mitigation and adaptation challenges.

Possible freedom of expression areas may include supporting civil society to engage meaningfully with government on:

  • Advocating for a legal and regulatory environment that protects and upholds freedom of expression for all
  • Promoting access to information and transparency in governance, including through a free and independent press, robust freedom of information laws and their practical application
  • Supporting civil society to work with artists to raise awareness to issues of freedom of expression and engage in advocacy efforts around these issues

Additional themes

Applicants are encouraged to reflect on our other themes and considerations which, while important to us, do not necessarily need to be reflected in successful applications.

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Requirements:

To be considered for the Grant, you must:

  • Be a not-for-profit civil society organization (CSO) registered in an
    eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country. (See here for list of eligible
    member countries).
  • Have a proposed project implemented in the country of registration. Projects can be implemented in one or more eligible Commonwealth Foundation member countries
  • Have a minimum of two years’ demonstrable experience working on participatory governance and advocacy within the area/theme(s) of the proposed project.
  • Have annual income of the organization, averaged over the past two years, must
    be less than £2m.

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Duration and Reward

  • The Foundation offers total grant amount between £15,000 and £30,000 per year, and for a maximum of two years.

Required Documents

To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;

  • Application Form (to be completed online)
  • Project Proposal
  • A logic model (using the template provided)
  • Organisation’s registration certificate

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Deadline: November 1, 2022

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