[OPEN] UNDEF project grant

united nations democracy fund

UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. UNDEF projects are two years long. Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations. In this way, UNDEF plays a distinct role in complementing the UN's other work -- the work with Governments -- to strengthen democratic governance around the world.

Since 2006, UNDEF has supported more than 800 projects in over 120 countries at a total amount of almost US$190 million. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous selection process, with fewer than two per cent of proposals chosen for funding.

For more details on the UNDEF project grant and application and selection process, please visit their website:

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Please find below useful links to assist you in submitting your project proposal application form to UNDEF.  

Information on how to apply for funding:
Application FAQs:
Lessons learned from UNDEF-funded projects:
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[CLOSED] Grants call 2021-2022, Commonwealth Foundation

C cs grants

The Commonwealth Foundation works to bring the voice of civil society into all aspects of governance, supporting civil society engagement in shaping the policies and decisions that affect people’s lives. The Foundation’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026 is strongly linked to the Commonwealth Charter and its values and aspirations, and it identifies three thematic areas of focus. 

Applicants must address one or more of the Foundation’s three priority themes: 

(i) Health
(ii) Environment and climate change
(iii) Freedom of expression 

Civil society projects that aim to advance these themes will be supported through this open grants call. Applications open at 1 pm on 29 October 2021 and close at 1 pm on 30 November 2021. For details on eligibility and the application process please download the call documents below.   

Guidelines for applicants
List of eligible countries




The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the already vulnerable sector of arts and culture. To help cultural organizations overcome the current pandemic crisis and project their organisations towards the future, the Moleskine Foundation has decided to establish a Creativity Pioneers Support Fund micro granting program.

Creativity Pioneers Support Fund is a one-time funding program for the non-profit organizations that use creativity as a tool for social change, that are currently facing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They will offer a one-time microgrant of up to €5000 to the selected organizations.


  • Organizations must demonstrate that they have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 situation in the last 12 months (financial statements, reduction in capacity or activity and programming compared to the same period a year before, impossibility to implement key steps to launch a new organization, impossibility to adapt to the new reality, e.g. digitalization, etc.)
  • Applications must be submitted in English and must be completed in all parts;
  • The call is open to non-profit organizations officially recognised in the country of operation
  • Organizations from all over the world are invited to apply
  • Each organization can only apply once
  • They do not accept proposals submitted by political parties or religious associations.


Call for applications will be open from June 1st to 30th 2021 at 00:00 (CET). The successful candidates will be announced on August 2nd 2021.

Please note that they will only review the applications submitted in English.

During the application period, they will hold 2 one-hour zoom appointments open to all applicants, where their team will answer all the questions on the application process. The appointments will be held on June 8th and June 22nd at 5:PM CET time on the following zoom link.

Read the full call for applications (with more details) by clicking here.