Global Fund for Community Foundations Grants

Concept Notes accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Open to community philanthropy organizations including community foundations, women’s funds, environmental funds, national public foundations, grassroots grantmakers, and other kinds of organizations that identify with the concept and practice of community philanthropy. Applicants must be based in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean.

Focus Areas

  • Strengthening the efforts of community philanthropy organizations to respond to, change mindsets around and build support for complex, sensitive or apparently intractable issues at the community level (e.g. social cohesion and other community divisions, environmental issues, women’s, youth, other minority rights, marginalized and vulnerable communities etc.)
  • Strengthening the overall durability and effectiveness of community philanthropy organizations as trusted and rooted vehicles for people-led, people-owned development (whether around grantmaking systems, governance and management structures, fund development and sustainability, communications platforms, etc.)

Grants Range: USD $7,000 – $20,000 (size will depend on annual budget, nature of activities and whether the organization is already known to the GFCF). Grants Duration: Initial period of one year. Follow-on funding may be possible. Participation in a learning network / grantee convening may be a condition of the grant.

Eligible Actions can include (but are not limited to):

  1. Conducting feasibility or mapping activities aimed at understanding local giving habits, opportunities and barriers.
  2. Strengthening the efforts of individual community philanthropy organizations that are seeking to mobilize local resources and / or foster the growth of local philanthropy for progressive social change.
  3. Testing or piloting new strategies and approaches in their work (for example, a new resource mobilization strategy, a participatory grantmaking programme, etc.)
  4. Strengthening the evidence base for community philanthropy by documenting and demonstrating practice / outcomes etc.
 Priority is given to those countries where access to other funding opportunities is limited. Applications from community philanthropy organizations representing disadvantaged communities in the Global North will also be considered on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the GFCF’s own funding restrictions) 

Concept notes may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish or Russian.