GRANT MAKING

 

FCS is implementing a strategic plan which runs 2016 to 2020. In this strategy FCS has committed to work with approximately 150 CSOs annually through provision of grants. Thus, 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 currently the largest Tanzania grassroots CSOs support mechanisms for capacity building and grant making. The Foundation provides 3 types of grants depending on the nature of the organization and type of project to be implemented.

 

Window1:  Medium Grants (Grant size ranges from TZS 50,000,000 for 1 year and an organization can request up to 3 years maximum TZS 360,000,000)

FCS provides medium grant size to CSOs to implement projects within outcome areas described below.  The project implementation period will be for one year for an amount starting from TZS 50,000,000 to TZS 120,000,000. However the applicant may apply up to a maximum of TZS 360,000,000 for three years.

 

Window 2: Innovative Grants (Grant size ranging from TZS 20,000,000 to TZS 49,000,000 for one year only.)

The innovative grants targets organizations that will implement their own creative solutions to challenges facing communities in accordance with FCS outcomes. The project implementation period is one year and an organization may apply betweenTZS 20,000,000 to TZS 49,000,000. The target organizations under this window are both large and small but having peculiar ideas to help their communities based on the outcome descriptions stated below. This window also gives an avenue for smaller and relatively new and nascent organizations with outstanding ideas to solve governance challenges in their localities to access grants from the Foundation.

 

Window 3: Strategic Grant (Grant size TZS 250,000,000 per year up to 3 years – maximum TZS 750,000,000)

This is the largest grant that FCS provides and targets well established Civil Society networks, umbrella organizations and Civil Society Organizations working at National level with strong track record in managementof funds and demonstrable national impact.Organizations of this nature are supported as “cluster leaders” that is, for example – leader in Public Expenditure Tracking or Social Accountability Monitoring; leader in advocacy against gender based violence and harmful traditional practices etc. These organizations design their programmes in a manner that they will be able to work with local CSOs working on their theme and use the lessons learnt from local level to influence national level advocacy while using lessons from national level to impact to the local level interventions.  

 

Detailed description of outcomes and targets

Outcome I: Local Government Authorities (LGAs) deliver improved quality services.

Applications under this outcome area will include projects related to:

  1. Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) or Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) in the education sector.
  2. Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) or Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) in the water sector.
  3. Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) or Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) in the Agriculture.
  4. Projects related to citizen/CSOs participation in policy processes/ policy influencing

Outcome II:     Decision making and democratic processes better reflecting citizens’ rights especially those of marginalised groups, PWDs and minority and women.

Applications under this outcome area will include projects related to:

  1. Formulating youth platforms at district and sub-district levels to increase youth voice and engagement in public policy development and implementation.
  2. Advocacy against harmful traditional practices such as (FGM, VAC & GBV).
  3. Campaign and advocacy against killings of people with albinism
  4. Advocacy for the rights of people with Disabilities to increase their participation in public accountability and local governance processes specific for Disabled People Organizations and Networks from all regions of Tanzania.
  5. Promote access to land and other property rights especially for women.

Outcome III: Strengthened capacities for peaceful dialogues and conflict resolution

Applications under this outcome area will include projects related to:

  1. Dialogue efforts to bridge political differences
  2. Interventions that enhance conflict resolution on natural resources including land
  3. Interventions that promote Inter-religious dialogue
  4. Interventions that promote social cohesion among youth and reduce radicalization

 

Who can apply

The following institutions are eligible to apply for grants at the Foundation for civil society:

  1. Non-governmental Organisations (NGO);
  2. Community Based organization (CBO) ;
  3. Professional Associations;
  4. Trade Unions;
  5. Media Organisation[1]
  6. Faith Based Organization (FBO)[2]
  7. Cooperative[3]

 

What we will not fund

The Foundation can only make grants to local organizations that are established for not-for private- profit purposes. Even if the activity for which you have applied is charitable, you will not be eligible for a grant unless your constitution clearly states the charitable nature for which your organization has been set up. If you think your organization may be affected by this condition, please get advice from Foundation before you make an application.

The Foundation will NOT make grants available for/to:

·      Endowments & scholarships.

·      Projects or activities outside Tanzania.

·      Projects or activities which have already been finished

·      Projects that provide grants to other organizations.

·      An honorarium for organization’s paid staff.

·      Income-generation / Microfinance activities.

·      Applications from professional fundraisers or consultants acting on behalf of organizations.

·      Individuals.

 

 

·      Political parties.

·      Projects that promote a particular religion, ethnic group/tribe or race.

·      Private sector businesses (unless they are not for-private-profit).

·      Organizations that are in significant debt.

·      Stand-alone Workshops, Conferences,

·      Seminars, unless they are part of a wider set of activities, and are linked to clearresults

·      Unanticipated costs (contingencies).

·      Provision of social services.

·      Applications for Strategic Grants to implement projects on HIV and AIDS.

 

 

 

How to apply

Applications are accepted when a public call for proposal is made. There are two ways to complete your application. One is by filling the application form online through our grants database http://www.smartgrants.co.tz and submit your application online or through downloading the application form and its attachments from FCS website http://www.thefoundation.or.tz and fill the form then send it with its attachments to FCS by registered mail or through hand delivery. FCS will not accept any applications by emails. Please get advice from FCS before completing your application forms.

 

[1]The Foundation can make grants available to media organisations only if the projects they are applying for do not contribute to their profits, overheads, or reducing debts and are designed to serve the public good

 

[2]Churches and mosques are not part of Non-Governmental Organizations. However, FCS can support Faith Based Institutions only if their activities do not focus on propagating their faith/ evangelicalization.

 

[3]The Foundation can make grants available to cooperative organization only if the projects they are applying for do not contribute to their profits, overheads, or reducing debts and are designed to serve the public good.