Applications Invited for GFCF New Grants Programme

GFCF New Grants Programme

Applications Invited for GFCF New Grants Programme

Organization: Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF)

Apply By: 30 Jun 2024

Grant Amount: 20000 USD

About the Organization

The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) is a global, virtual organization with a small team, headquartered in Johannesburg. We have been working with the global community philanthropy field since 2006, and are all about building networks with like-minded organizations that see the power of people-led development.

About the Grant

We provide small grants aimed at stimulating and support the development of community philanthropy organizations around the world. Beyond the financial aspect, grantmaking also serves as a way to build relationships with individual organizations, learn about and support their work and to help connect them into the growing global community philanthropy movement.

In our grantmaking, we try to strike a balance between consolidating relationships with longer-term grant partners and continuing to add new organizations into our network. Our annual grantmaking depends to a large extent on the resources we have been able to mobilize from donors. We do not no hold an open call for applications every year but eligible organizations are welcome to submit inquiries throughout the year.

From 2020 – 2022 we focused much of our efforts and resources on supporting our global network of community philanthropy partners as they responded to COVID-19, both in the short and longer-term. Our grantmaking was directed towards partners’ efforts to respond to immediate needs, but also to be able to start looking ahead towards larger efforts to bring about long-term change, i.e. to #BuildBackBetter.

Most of our grants are aimed at strengthening individual organizations as trusted and effective grassroots grantmakers that can harness both local and external resources. Sometimes our grants have a particular geographic or issue focus.

In the 2022/2023 financial year, we made grants totalling £1,162,121 to 55 community philanthropy organizations in 24 countries.

Our grants support activities that:

Strengthen the efforts of community philanthropy organizations to respond to, change mindsets around and build support for complex, sensitive or apparently intractable issues at the community level (e.g. social cohesion and other community divisions, environmental issues, women’s, youth, other minority rights, marginalized and vulnerable communities etc.).

Strengthen the overall durability and effectiveness of community philanthropy organizations as trusted and rooted vehicles for people-led, people-owned development (whether around grantmaking systems, governance and management structures, fund development and sustainability, communications platforms, etc.).

Specific activities can include (but are not limited to) the following:

Conducting feasibility or mapping activities aimed at understanding local giving habits, opportunities and barriers.

Strengthening the efforts of individual community philanthropy organizations that are seeking to mobilize local resources and / or foster the growth of local philanthropy for progressive social change.

Testing or piloting new strategies and approaches in their work (for example, a new resource mobilization strategy, a participatory grantmaking programme, etc.).

Strengthening the evidence base for community philanthropy by documenting and demonstrating practice / outcomes etc.

Grant size and duration

Grants are normally in the range of U.S. $7,000 – $20,000 (size will depend on annual budget, nature of activities and whether the organization is already known to the GFCF).

Grants are normally for an initial period of one year (follow-on funding may be possible).

Participation in a learning network / grantee convening may be a condition of the grant.


Is your organization:

A community philanthropy organization?

A community foundation?

A women’s fund?

An environmental fund?

A national public foundation?

A grassroots grantmaker?

Any other kind of organization that identifies with the concept and practice of community philanthropy?

Are you interested in:

Shifting power and control closer to communities so that people have greater say – and the opportunity to act – when it comes to driving their own development?

Recognizing, valuing, growing local assets and resources as a central pillar of community-owned and community-led development?

Piloting and demonstrating new approaches – whether around governance, decision-making, local resource mobilization – that build local agency and foster new kinds of participation and ownership?

Does your organization:

Serve a particular community, whether geographic, issue or identity-based, and see it as a source of knowledge, assets, relationships and agency?

Use grantmaking as a deliberate development strategy, which devolves power and resources to groups and organizations your community, because you believe that the best decisions and actions are rooted in and shaped by local experience and knowledge?

Work to build a local culture of giving (philanthropy) and co-investment within the community you serve, whether as a strategy for flattening power, growing a local support base or constituency for community issues, increasing civic participation and horizontal accountability?

Seek to build trust, networks and connections within, across and beyond the community/ies you serve?

Seek to address, engage in, build support for complex, unpopular or minority issues within your community?

Are you based in:

Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean?

If the answer is “Yes!” to most of these questions, then you may be interested in knowing about the GFCF’s new grants programme.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants are welcome to submit a concept note (either to or through our on-line form.

For more information please check the Link

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