Donor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Application procedure: Letter of Inquiry
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Governance & Democracy
  • Human Rights

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      South Africa

  2. Europe

      Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine


1) Objective

The objective of the funding opportunity is to strengthen philanthropy and the non-profit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies. It aims at fostering a civil society in which non-profits strengthen democratic values and practices and have access to adequate and responsive resources; and at empowering poor and marginalized communities to unlock resources and realize their development needs and aspirations. They make grants to: (1) intermediary organisations that build the capacity of non-profits and independent civic leaders to promote community-level development, organize around key issues, and strengthen participatory approaches to advocacy and rights protection; (2) networks and non-profits that mobilize individuals and grassroots civic initiatives on key issues that relate to strengthening democratic values and practices; and (3) networks and support organisations that promote the development of community schools in countries where the movement has taken root, including Ukraine, Moldova and parts of the Western Balkans.

They focus on:

  • Strengthening Civic Space
  • Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Increasing Access to Justice
  • Special Initiatives

2) Eligibility

Eligible organisations are mainly non-profits from the US but foreign NGOs can also apply if they prove the same status.

3) Location

This program focuses on Central and Eastern Europe and South Africa.

4) Budget

The total annual grant budget for this grant program is around $20,000,000 and they fund on average 150 grants. Grants range from $10,000-1,000,000.

5) Application

If you are interested in submitting an idea to them for funding, the first step is to complete a letter of inquiry (LOI) form. The LOI will help their program staff determine the relevance of the proposed project to their programs and provide you with advice on whether to submit a full proposal. Prior to submitting an LOI, they ask you to learn more about our programs, funding interests, funding limitations and guidelines for organizations located outside the United States.

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