The Foundation’s responsive grants are intended to promote co-operation and sharing of skills, knowledge and ideas between developing Commonwealth countries.
They are therefore available primarily for activities that involve the participation of people and organisations from more than one developing Commonwealth country.
In general, grants are given to support participation from Commonwealth countries other than that in which an activity is taking place.
Grants are given for participation in activities such as training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, cultural festivals, exchanges and study visits.
Preference is given to support regional level activities as opposed to international ones.
Grants can only be made for in-country activities if it can be clearly demonstrated that they relate specifically to one of the Foundation programmes outlined above, that they have impact at the national level, that they involve an aspect of intercultural exchange, and that they are likely to generate learning that can be shared at a Commonwealth level.
The majority of the grants given by the Foundation are under £10,000, with the average grant given being approximately £5,000.
In exceptional cases, the Foundation can award grants of up to £20,000.
Commonwealth Foundation grants may be used towards the costs of supporting participants or resource people in activities, including the cost of airfares, accommodation and subsistence, and towards monitoring and evaluation and reporting of an activity.
For more information and application, visit: Commonwealth Foundation’s Civil Society Responsive Grants Website