The Commonwealth Foundation awards grants for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation.

With more than 2.3 billion citizens, the Commonwealth provides a potentially huge pool of ideas for advancing societies. The Commonwealth Foundation’s grants help civil society organisations get their ideas across to policymakers.

The Commonwealth Foundation grants call is now closed.

Grant calls for the 2017/18 period will re-open in December 2017. For information on our next grants call and all other updates on our grants programme please sign up here.

Focus areas

Grant projects must focus on one or more of the following:

  1. Creative expression
  2. Capacity development
  3. Constructive engagement
  4. Learning and sharing

Cross-cutting themes

Applicants are encouraged to integrate the cross cutting theme of gender into the project design.