STRATEGIC FOCUS AREAS
The programme aims to realise three interrelated outcomes with their interconnected pathways which are:-
- By 2020, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in areas where we work deliver improved quality services.
- By 2020, in areas that we work, decision making and democratic processes better reflect citizens’ rights especially those of marginalised groups, PWDs and minority and women
- By 2020, in the areas we work, communities have strong capacities and institutions for dialogues and conflict management.
In order to realise these noble ends FCS will work with CSOs at both local and national levels and use them as a vehicle to empower communities to address governance issues.
The Governance Key Result Area will focus on four key themes :
- Social Accountability Monitoring
- Women’s land and property rights
- Harmful Traditional Practices and Social Inclusion
- Peace and Conflict Management
In this area, FCS will facilitate CSOs to empower communities especially marginalized groups, PWDs, minorities and women to engage in policy processes, carry out budget monitoring, demand transparency and their rights to inclusion by submitting recommendations and petitions to the government and parliament on policies.
FCS will facilitate CSOs to empower marginalized groups such as of inclusion of PWDs to demand inclusion in decision making processes, advocating for youth and women rights . we believe therefore that PWDs, women, youth and minority groups will be protected, defended and enjoy their rights. Also FCS will work with carefully selected CSOs to conduct peace campaigns, carry out peace dialogues at various levels and facilitate the formation and strengthening of community dispute settlement mechanisms.
LIVELIHOODS AND MARKETS
The programme aims to realize three interrelated outcomes with their interconnected pathways. We will in this context focus on three key objectives:
- Ensuring that youth and women entrepreneurs have secured greater access to market and livelihood assets and resources. FCS believes that if women and youth demand their rights, increase interactions with LGAs and challenge polices then, LGAs will be more transparent on opportunities for women and youth, they will allocate budget for women and youth empowerment and will set aside market spaces for women and youth entrepreneurs and then youth and women will generate profits from businesses.
- Enabling smallholder farmers to access adequate extension services and improved security of tenure. FCS believes that, if CSOs mobilize and raise awareness of smallholder farmers on extension services and market access then, smallholder farmer clusters will be formed, they will also acquire knowledge and skills and increase interaction with LGAs and extension officers. With increased capacity, smallholder farmers will demand their rights and challenge agriculture policies and practices.
- Ensuring that communities have increased capacity for climate resilience and are more accountable on natural resource management. FCS believes further that, if CSOs mobilize communities and LGAs on climate change and Natural Resources Management and if they facilitate linkages between communities, women, youth and smallholder farmers and the private sector, then LGAs will be aware of their roles and responsibilities, communities will have knowledge on climate change and Natural Resources Management. With increased knowledge and capacity, communities will monitor and demand proper management of natural resources by LGAs and with growing momentum demands, LGAs will respond to challenge and criticism from communities on natural Resources Management.
What we do not fund?
The Foundation can only make grants to organisations 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 purpose for which your organisation has been set up. If you think your organisation may be affected by this condition, please get advice from us before you make an application.
The FCS 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; Honoraria for organization’s paid staff; Income-generation / Micro-finance 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; Workshops, Conferences, Seminars, unless they are part of a wider set of activities, and are linked to clear results; Unanticipated costs (contingencies); Provision of social services; Applications for Strategic Grants to implement projects on HIV and AIDS.
NOTE: Organisations that manage savings and credit, micro-finance or income generation as their core work will need to present a very strong case if they are planning to engage in activities outside of their regular work. The FCS will not provide finance for lending to individuals or groups.