Commonwealth Foundation Grants call 2021-2022

The commonwealth foundation, calls for applications for its 2021/2022 governments grants.

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 governance, promoting civil society participation in the development of policies and choices that influence people’s lives.

A Commonwealth of equal, equitable, and inclusive communities is the Foundation’s aim. Their aim is to contribute to that vision by:

  • Encouraging Commonwealth citizens to participate actively and constructively in all elements of their governance.
  • Advancing the Commonwealth’s beliefs and ideals.
  • Nurturing the growth of vibrant and free civil societies in all Commonwealth countries.

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

(i) Health

(ii) Environment and climate change

(iii) Freedom of expression

They 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.


The grant ranges between £15,000 and £30,000 per year.


  • Applicants must be a registered not-for-profit civil society organization (CSO).
  • The applicant is registered in an eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country and the proposed project will be implemented in the country of registration.
  • The applicant has documented experience, over at least two years, working on participatory governance and advocacy within the proposed area/theme(s).
  • The total grant amount requested must be between £15,000 and £30,000 per year for a maximum of two years.
  • The requested grant amount should not exceed 70% of the applicant organization’s total annual income.
  • The average of the applicant organization’s total annual income over the past two years must be less than £2m.
  • The project proposal must address at least one of the priority themes and demonstrate appropriate and meaningful integration of gender considerations.
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Application Process

Applicants are required to complete an online application form. All applications must include the following additional documentation:

  • A logic model and activity timeline.
  • For grants of £15,000 per annum: a copy of the organization’s most recent audited accounts or annual accounts. Note that annual accounts must include a balance sheet, a profit and loss statement, and notes about the account.
  • A copy of the organization’s registration certificate1.
  • For grants of £15,001 and above: a copy of the organization’s most recent audited accounts. Note that audited accounts must include both the accounts and the opinion of the external auditor who has certified them. They should not be older than December 2019

To apply, click here.

Deadline: November 30, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.