Grants and Funding Windows available

Window 1: Innovative Grants: (Grant size ranging from TZS 20,000,000 to TZS 49,999,999 for one year only)

The innovative grants targets organizations that will implement their own creative solutions to realize outcomes as described in the above programmes. The project implementation period is usually one year and an organization may request between TZS 20,000,000 to TZS 50,000,000. This window also gives an avenue for smaller and relatively new and nascent and newly registered organizations with outstanding ideas to solve community challenges in their localities to access grants from the Foundation for Civil Society.

Window 2:  Medium Grants size ranges from TZS 50,000,000 to TZS 120,000,000 for 1 year up to 2 years maximum of TZS 240,000,000. )

Medium Grants carry the bulk work of the Foundation’s grant making interventions. This type of grant targets mid-level organizations that have demonstrated capacity in both project and financial management. The project implementation period is 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 240,000,000, for two years.

Window 3: Strategic Grants (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 management of funds and demonstrable national impact. Organizations of this nature will be 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 traditions etc. Organizations to be supported under this window are those that 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. 


  1. FCS only issues grants to Tanzanian local Civil Society Organizations registered and operating within the borders of the United Republic of Tanzania. International organizations, including International NGOs domesticated in Tanzania or interventions outside the United Republic of Tanzania will not be supported.  
  2. The best period to apply for a grant is when there is an open call for applications which will also provide adequate instructions on requirements for submission. FCS rarely funds unsolicited proposals. Please make consultations before submitting one. 
  3. In issuing grants FCS will prioritize CSOs requesting grants to implement projects in regions and districts where they are based. 

Other, more specific, principles which will guide project selection process include;

  1. Organisations with sound governance structures and good financial management systems
  2. The extent to which the proposed project activities are in line with FCS Strategic Plan and priorities.
  3. The extent to which the proposed project interventions are measurable and will contribute into achieving expected outcome.
  4. Social soundness (e.g. representation, degree of community and local government involvement and project activities identification, development and implementation)
  5. The extent to which the project is addressing the problem in local context with supported data/ evidence.
  6. The adherence to all necessary supporting documents as indicated in the application form.

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