Apply: OSIWA Grants 2020

Deadline: 30 April, 2020

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 is seeking grant proposals that cover the following themes:

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


  • There is no set maximum amount for OSIWA funding. OSIWA operates a limited budget for the ten countries it covers and its regional programme. 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.


  • OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organisations based in West Africa (in rare and limited circumstances, OSIWA provides support to West Africa-based international organisations with a strong commitment to transferring knowledge to local groups they partner with)
  • OSIWA grants also go to government institutions as well as regional and sub-regional organisations working on the stated themes
  • OSIWA requires all organisations seeking funding to be legally incorporated in their countries of intervention and interested organisations 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)

To apply and for more information, click here.

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