The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) provides grants to support civil society organizations that empower citizens, especially the poor, marginalized and the vulnerable groups in their engagement in development processes and poverty reduction initiatives. The Foundation is one of the largest support mechanisms for capacity building and grant support to CSOs in Tanzania.

Applications for grants are only welcome after calls for applications are issued/advertised.


The FCS provides three types of grants:

The Strategic Grant
– which is worth up to TZS 750,000,000 and the maximum duration of grants is three years with a limit of TZS 250,000,000 per year.

The Medium Grant
– is worth up to TZS 360,000,000 and is spread over three years with a maximum oof TZS 120,000,000 per year.

The Innovative Grants
– The innovative grant targets organizations that will implement their own creative solutions to challenges facing communities. The project implementation period will be one year and an organization may apply between TZS 20,000,000 to TZS 50,000,000

Key Result Areas

The FCS disburses grants to CSOs in line with the following key result areas:

1.Citizen’s Participation, voice and inclusion

Democratic governance requires effective citizen participation in key governance and democratization processes. It also entails that citizens are informed of their rights and obligations; are responsible and active; understand how to engage and voice their interests; and act collectively to hold public officials accountable.

2.Quality of Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework

One of the key tenets of the social contract is the existence of social pacts intended to define how members of the society engage with one another and their leaders. The rule of law is in this regard an important part of good governance system, and provides for among others, avenues through which person whose rights have been violated can seek redress. The FCS will support the people of Tanzania to (re)formulate and ensure full commitment to policies, laws and institutions which empower the citizens, protect rights of everyone and eradicate systems, structures and norms that restrict effective participation of the poor, youth, elderly, PWDs and other excluded groups.

3.Accountable Decision Making

Accountability and decision making requires both state and Non state Actors to increase transparency, accountability, application of rule of law as well as ethics and integrity (eradication of corruption) at all levels within government, private sector and civil society. Applications under this area include Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) , Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS). The Foundation invites applications from CSOs that will implement projects which focus on :

a) Support citizen’s participation in planning and budgeting processes (resource allocation and distribution) as well as accounting for public resource use/management at local and national levels. The target regions are; Kigoma, Geita, Kagera, Mwanza and Singida.

b) Public Expenditure Tracking ( PETS) in the education sector, target regions are Lindi, Mtwara, Manyara, Tanga and Morogoro

c) Public Expenditure Tracking( PETS) in the water sector, target regions are Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Tanga

4.Effective Public service delivery

Poor governance and accountability often leads to inefficient, ineffective and nonresponsive state systems hence inability to consistently and sustainably deliver critical social services, such as universal access to water and sanitation, education, health. FCS seeks to increase engagements between the State, civil society and private sector to improve quality, timeliness and appropriateness of public service delivery. Foundation invites applications from CSOs that will implement projects focusing on:

a)Strengthening public service delivery structures and systems in health and education sectors. Attention will especially be given to maternal and child health, as well as improved access to, and quality of education for girls and other vulnerable children. The target regions are Iringa, Pwani, Kagera, Mbeya and Lindi.

b)Actions to enable citizens claim their rights and hold duty bearers accountable. The target regions are Kigoma, Geita, Kagera, Mwanza and Singida.