The Fund makes small grants to develop the capacities of community foundations and other local philanthropic institutions which are grantmakers and which raise funds from local sources.
The Fund currently provides one-year grants, of up to $50,000 to emerging and more established community foundations and, where appropriate, to support organizations or community foundation associations.
Grantees must be based in one of the Fund's target countries (Sub-Saharan Africa is included) and should be registered as nonprofit organizations in accordance with national legislation.
In some circumstances the Fund will also make a grant to an intermediary organization acting on behalf of an unregistered community foundation initiative group.
Grants offered by the Fund provide an opportunity for emerging and developing community foundations to invest in their institutional growth, something for which it can often be hard to raise money locally.
With its own limited resources, the Fund seeks to make grants which can result in the greatest impact for individual or groups of community foundations.
The next deadline for the submission of completed applications will be September.