FCS has started the implementation of its new strategy which runs from 2022-to 2026. In this strategic plan, FCS has reoriented its programmes and approaches. The overall geographical focus will remain national i.e., Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba. However, priority geographical areas will be identified annually for each thematic area depending on national priorities, and national statistics and as determined from time to time by the changing context. The ultimate target group for FCS efforts is Tanzanian citizens with special attention to the poor (women and men), women, children, PWDs, youth and other vulnerable and marginalized groups in Tanzania.
FCS will continue providing grants to CSOs. However, the grants portfolio will be adaptive depending on the resources that will be mobilized on an annual basis. FCS will also work with resource partners (Technical organizations or private companies with expertise relevant to FCS thematic areas of focus). The resource partners will be linked with implementing partners to provide technical know-how based on relevant themes.
Grant Process and FAQS for 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
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Direct Implementation is the modality whereby FCS assumes full responsibility for mobilizing and effectively applying the required inputs in order to reach the expected outputs. FCS will thus assume overall management responsibility and accountability for project implementation. FCS will engage in direct implementation through special projects. FCS invites donors who wish to partner with FCS through a non-basket funding modality to contact FCS for partnership discussions.
FCS welcomes both mainstream civil society and community groups to seek partnership with FCS for the purpose of co-creation of projects, sharing resources and creating a sense of ownership and sustainability. FCS will ensure that an appropriate partnership assessment is done before the partnership is effectively commenced.
Programmatic Focus for 2022 – 2026
Gender equity, PWDs and Youth Inclusion
Under this programmatic focus, FCS envisions that by 2026 in areas where FCS works, those vulnerable groups at risk of exclusion gain the opportunities and resources necessary to participate in economic, social, political, and cultural life and to enjoy a higher quality of living in the society in which they live.
Under this programmatic focus, FCS envisions to attain two integrated outcomes by 2026 i) Youth, people with disabilities and women have increased capabilities to access productive resources, markets and jobs ii) Communities have increased resilience to climate change and more sustainable use of natural resources
Under this programmatic focus, FCS envisions to attain two integrated outcomes by 2026: i) Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in areas where we work deliver improved quality services ii) citizens are actively participating in electoral processes that are more free, fair, and inclusive.
Peace maintenance and social cohesion
Under this programmatic focus, FCS envisions that by 2026 in areas where FCS works Communities are more effectively dealing with conflicts
How we recruit partners through Grant Making approach.
On annual basis, FCS will identify both programmatic and geographic priorities based on context. This prioritization will be the basis for FCS’s focus on projects and programmes in various regions. For example, Focus on Gender-Based Violence projects will be in those regions with high prevalence etc.
Procedures for Organizations interested to work with FCS in 2022-2026.
Online registration for organizations interested to work with FCS is officially Open. The online registration is a partner mapping portal that enables FCS to map its partners based on their thematic areas and region. For all Organizations interested to work with FCS make sure you have registered your organization in the portal to access calls for concepts and other funding opportunities from FCS. Please read the Partner Recruitment & Engagement Guide (PREG) carefully for more details on the online registration (Partner Mapping Portal). The interested CSOs will be required to register in the partner mapping portal by creating their profiles. The applicant shall provide the required information as guided by the partners’ mapping tool embedded in the system. The database will be open at all times such that, CSOs can register and update their credentials in the database at the time they deem fit. Link for the portal is www.smartgrants.co.tz/partnerportal.
The Foundation shall have three funding windows to provide funding to organizations in Tanzania.
The solicited window will be the most substantial window for CSOs to access grants from FCS. The solicited window will be implemented through an open call approach. This will allow all CSOs that have registered accounts (Partner Mapping) in the grants management portal and meet the minimum criteria to have access to the application form and thus be able to complete their applications for grants.
Unsolicited and Rapid Response Window
One of the core values of FCS is adaptability and agility and considering that the context is constantly dynamic, FCS provides a window of opportunity for unsolicited and rapid response support. Under this window, FCS will provide rapid funding to organizations for addressing real-time activity/events whose nature needs immediate intervention or have an immediate positive outcome. Specifically, this type of support intends to respond to emerging issues which are unanticipated or are in such a way that their execution will have an immediate impact on FCS. Such events or incidences only pass through this window because FCS considers that if the support will come through the normal grant-making procedure it may take too long to meet the urgency. FCS may approve up to TZS 50,000,000 per intervention.
Non-basket and Special Projects
From time to time FCS manages funds from various non-basket donors. In most cases, these are projects targeting specific areas of intervention.
The requirements of such projects may be different from those of basket fund donors. FCS will therefore provide grants to organizations depending on how FCS and the specific donor agreed. Therefore, FCS also invites donors who would wish to use its funding infrastructure and may not necessarily wish to join the basket, to contact FCS and agree on a funding modality.
Types of Grants and duration
FCS will provide three (3) types of grants. The types will differ according to the size and nature of the organizations to be funded. The following are the types of grants to be provided:
This is the largest grant that FCS will be providing and targets well established Civil Society networks, umbrella organizations and Civil Society Organizations working at the National level with a strong track record in the management of funds and demonstrable national impact. Organizations of this nature will be supported as “cluster leaders” that is, for example – leaders in Public Expenditure Tracking or Social Accountability Monitoring. 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/evidence learnt from the local level to influence national-level advocacy while using lessons from the national level to impact local level interventions.
Medium Grants will carry the bulk work of the Foundation’s grantmaking interventions. This type of grant targets organizations that have requested support within the budget lines as categorized in the call for concept notes and have passed assessments and have demonstrated capacity in both project and financial management.
This window gives an avenue for smaller and relatively new and nascent organizations with outstanding ideas to solve challenges in their localities to access grants from FCS. This support shall not only benefit CSOs but also Community groups, individuals and newly formed organizations. Targets organizations with not more than 2 years in operations and who necessarily do not have institutional audit reports but authorized financial statements.
|Type of Grant||Amount per year TZS||Max. duration of grants||Approval Authority|
|Strategic Grants||80,000,000-150,000,000||2 Years||FCS Board|
|Medium Grants||31,000,000-79,000,000||2 Years||FCS Management|
|Small Grants||0-30,000,000||2 Year||FCS Management|
General Principles Project Selection
The overriding principle governing the selection of any project for funding by the Foundation is that the project planned interventions must result in demonstrable (direct or indirect) benefits to citizens of the selected regions in the country. Other, more specific, principles which will guide the project selection process include;
Specific Criteria for project selection and approval (Selection and approval criteria): Together with the general criteria set above the specific bodies for selection and approval shall consider the following important criteria in the selection and approval processes:
Recruitment of other Partners
In its 2022-2026 strategy, FCS has committed to working with broader civil society including community groups as well as individuals that are seen as relevant to the context and results targeted. Some of the groups may include:
Please read the Partner Recruitment & Engagement Guide (PREG) for more details on the recruitment of other partners.
Important Note to all prospective applicants and partners
We hope the narrative has provided enough information on our new grant-making roadmap. However, if you would like to get more clarity about our granting services and procedures based on our new strategy, please reach out to Ms Edna Chilimo – our Programmes Manager for Governance and Social Inclusion by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.