Updated Aug 19, 2020

Commonwealth Foundation Special grants call: COVID-19

The Foundation’s Grants Programme supports innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. In lieu of its annual grants call, the Foundation is launching a special grants call in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.

The purpose of the special grants call is to enable the Foundation to deliver support to Commonwealth civil society organisations in response to COVID-19 quickly, efficiently and in a way that both reflects and advances our broader mission. To that end, the focus will be on supporting national initiatives that aim to engage constructively with government in strengthening relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild. The Foundation is also aware that the pandemic has created novel and urgent priorities for civil society action and engagement: from the emergence of acute vulnerability among certain groups to the need for insight into how new laws and policies are impacting on different groups of people. Proposals should address such priorities through the lens of participatory governance.

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Open Year RoundDeadline
$13,174 - $39,583Amount
12 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryGuyana, Dominica, Belize, Barbados, Bahamas, The, Antigua and Barbuda, Ghana, Gambia, The, Fiji, Cyprus, Canada, Cameroon, Brunei, Botswana, Bangladesh, Australia, Grenada, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Kiribati, Rwanda, Nigeria, New Zealand, Namibia, Mozambique, Malta, Malaysia, Lesotho, Kenya, Jamaica, India, Tuvalu, Trinidad and Tobago, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, United Kingdom, Uganda, Zambia, Vanuatu, Tanzania, Swaziland, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Tonga and Pakistan
Focus AreasInfectious & Vector Diseases (Health)
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
The call will be open to eligible civil society organisations from all Commonwealth Member States.

Other Requirements

Reporting Requirements
  • • Grantees will be required to develop a monitoring plan for the project
  • • Grantees are required to provide us with an end of project narrative report and a corresponding financial report within two months of the end of the project. Reporting deadlines will be set out in the grant agreement between the Commonwealth Foundation and the grant applicant.


Application Directions

To apply applicants will need to complete and submit an online application form using the online application system. A link to the form will be made available on the Commonwealth Foundation grants page when the call for applications opens.


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