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.
The Foundation’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026 is strongly linked to the Commonwealth Charter and its values and aspirations, and it identifies three thematic areas of focus which are detailed in the green box below. Civil society projects that aim to advance these themes will be supported through this open grants call. Applications open at 1pm on 29 October 2021 and close at 1pm on 30 November 2021.
Eligibility for grant funding under this call depends on the following criteria:
Applicants must address one or more of the Foundation’s three priority themes:
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. 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:
The Commonwealth Foundation is a development organisation with an international remit and reach, uniquely situated at the interface between government and civil society.
We develop the capacity of civil society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives.
We strive for more effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation, which contributes to improved development outcomes.