Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant 2019

Proposals are invited from local organizations based in West Africa for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant 2019. The deadline for submission of proposals is 30th April, 2019.

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant


The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation.

OSIWA supports innovative interventions with effective strategies that respond to the broader deep-seated political, justice and socio-economic roadblocks to open society in West Africa. They seek to seize new opportunities and deploy novel methods, including technology and the arts, to address open society challenges.

OSIWA seeks proposals aimed at achieving the following specific themes:

  • Economic Governance and Advancement
  • Justice Reform and the Rule of Law
  • Free, Quality and Independent Media
  • Equality and Anti-Discrimination
  • Democratic Practice

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant Eligibility.

  • OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in West Africa;
  • In rare and limited circumstances, OSIWA provides support to West Africa-based international organizations with a strong commitment to transferring knowledge to local groups they partner with;
  • Grants also go to government institutions as well as regional and sub-regional organizations working in OSIWA’s core priority areas;
  • Organizations seeking funding are required to be legally incorporated in their countries of intervention and interested organizations must submit a completed application proposal, budget, and other relevant documents including governance and leadership information (list of Board members, trustees and management staff who will be involved in the project, and proof of registration);
  • Applications that are not submitted with all the relevant documentation may be delayed.

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant Funding.

  • There is no set maximum amount for OSIWA funding. OSIWA operates a limited budget for the ten countries it covers and its regional program. In the event that OSIWA cannot fund the entire project budget, it may choose to fund part of it and request the grant seeker to source for the outstanding balance.

How to Submit Proposals for Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant.

Proposals should be sent preferably online via the online submission form or to: proposals@osiwa.org. Proposals will be accepted until April 30th 2019. OSIWA encourages early submission of proposals and submitted proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Proposals received after the due date will not be considered. In order to assess diversity and inclusion in our grant making, kindly indicate in the application if the proposal is focused on women, youth or persons living with disability.

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