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Funders' Initiative for Civil Society

Global Dialogue

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2020–April 30, 2021
  • Location London, United Kingdom
  • Geographic Focus Eastern Africa, Southern Asia, Western Europe, World

About this grant

The program goal is to enable donors to provide leadership and practical support for civil society actors addressing the global trend of closing space for civil society. The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society, a project of Global Dialogue, provides stakeholders with research, information and support to coordinate and align their grants and strategies. To date, the initiative produced 13 reports, held sessions at 14 philanthropy sector events, organized two conferences for funders, hosted webinars and produced research for groups of funders focused on various issues such as humanitarian action, digital rights and transparency. The initiative completed an extensive review of how philanthropy can more effectively provide resources to civil society in the face of current and future threats. During the grant period, the initiative will map specific strategies and implementation models for funders to address the key drivers of closing civic space. The initiative is a collaborative program managed by the grantee and directly involves a range of private funders. Founded in the United Kingdom in 2006, Global Dialogue implements programs supporting human rights, social change and funder collaboration around the world.