- Democracy and Governance
- Economic and Social Justice
- Human Rights, Rule of Law and Access to Justice
- Natural Resource Governance
- Women’s Rights
- Youth, Arts and Culture
OSISA provides the following types of Grants:
- General (Core) Support
- Project Support
- Capacity Building
- Seed Grants
- Unrestricted funding intended to advance organizations whose goals are shared by OSISA
- Given to the organization as a whole, rather than to particular projects or programs
Project Support is restricted funding used to support specific programmatic activities with explicit objectives, clear outputs, outcomes, timeline and predetermined costs.
- An organization’s direct programmatic activities and associated overhead costs (e.g. general operating costs incurred related to rent, utilities, administrative or executive staff, operating systems, etc.)
- Supports an organization’s efforts to improve its effectiveness by strengthening skills or knowledge, or acquiring specific resources
- Awarded to cover specific needs such as
- Strategic planning,
- Leadership or staff development,
May be awarded to start or establish a new program, project or organization, or to spin-off an existing project or program
Seed grants can fund:
- Needs assessment
- Program planning
- Developed in response to requests for proposals.
- OSISA issues open calls for proposals whose work is in line with the broader OSISA grant making mission and philosophy.
- Proposals for reactive grants are solicited through open calls.
- OSISA identifies, through its Proactive Grant Program, critical and innovative approaches to leverage the foundation’s funding to advance open society ideals.
Collaboration in OSISA funding takes place in three forms:
- Internally, between programs and clusters
- With other OSF networks
- With external partners
- Grants for organisations, programmes or projects that are not aligned with Open Society values;
- Grants for organisations, programmes or projects that are outside of our broad strategic goals and clusters and programme focus areas;
OSISA issues three open calls a year in March, June and September
These calls are administered through:
- Learn about our funding: by reviewing our 2017 - 2020 strategy and various programme areas - available on OSISA website www.osisa.org
- Name of organisation applying for funding
- Title of the proposed project
- Contact details of the relevant person
- Brief description of project (150 words)
- Rationale for the project (150 words)
- You can apply for funding from $5,000 up to a maximum of $250,000
- Applications for up to $25,000 are approved by the Executive Director
- Applications between $25,001 and $50,000 are approved by the OSISA Board Chair
- Overall goal of the proposed project
- Detailed budget
- Project plan and timelines
- Skills of the people involved in implementing the project
- Role of the Board of Directors in your organisation
- Financial health of your organisation
You may apply once to a range of clusters and projects even if you have received a grant in a given year.
- We try to review proposals as promptly as possible.
- Proposal are reviewed during the dates posted on the website. No proposals will be reviewed outside these windows.
- Program team of each Cluster constitutes the Preliminary Appraisers
- Each proposal is evaluated and decision whether to recommend funding support or not is made
- The evaluated proposals are then forwarded to the Proposal Review Committee
Proposal reviewers consist of the following:
- The program staff write-up a proposal analysis highlighting critical components of the proposal and gives rationale for recommending funding.
- For proposals that need Board Approval:
- The entire program and support staff meet in a meeting to review proposals assigned for Board approval and analyse the details of each proposal and make recommendations to the Board.
- For Board Approval:
- The final proposal review and decision making takes place in a meeting attended by the Board and all relevant program staff.
- For Board Chairperson and Executive Director
A formal reject letter is sent to advice the applicant about rejected proposal.
- OSISA program staff notify applicant
- Grant Agreement is generated and sent
- Grant Agreement is countersigned and sent with project plan
- Payment Request made
- Grant payment