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Bank Funds for CSOs

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The World Bank manages several types of funding mechanisms geared to providing grants directly to CSOs. These funds are administered by the Development Grant Facility which provides block grants to these funding mechanisms on an annual basis. During fiscal year 2003 (July 2002 – June 2003) the DGF provided $157.0 million to 48 internal and external grant programs.
  • Some of the grant programs funded by the DGF include a variety of small-grants funds (ranging from $15,000 to $1 million) geared to supporting civil society activities in specific areas such as environment, micro-credit, post-conflict reconstruction, information technology, human rights, gender, and innovative practices as well as activities supporting the aspirations of the indigenous peoples.
  • A second category of mechanisms are trust funds which are funded by development governments (e.g. UK, Dutch, Japan) and also geared to specific topics such as social development and poverty reduction. While CSOs can access the small-grants programs directly by submitting proposals to the respective offices (see below), they must partner with government agencies and/or Bank units in order to receive trust fund moneys.

The Bank has prepared a guide titled: “Guide to Resources for NGOs and Other Organizations of Civil Society” which contains information on the Bank grant funds as well as funding sources from other institutions. The guide was prepared by the Bank’s Small Grant’s Program in conjunction with the International Youth Foundation.

Most of these funding mechanisms are managed out of Washington, although some of these (particularly the Small-Grants Program and the Development Marketplace) are also administered at many of the Bank’s country offices. Many of these mechanisms are funded in partnership with other government donor agencies, such as UN and bilateral agencies (e.g. UNDP, DFID, CIDA). Some of these funding mechanisms only support CSOs, but others fund proposals submitted by government agencies and businesses.

Finally these funds support civil society initiatives at the global, regional, and country levels.

Below is a list and links to the best known or largest small grants program, followed by a list of trust funds which fund civil society development activities.

 Small Grants Funds

  • PLEASE APPLY FOR SMALL GRANTS ---- Grants Facility for Indigenous Peoples is a partnership between the World Bank and Indigenous Peoples leaders. It supports sustainable and culturally appropriate development projects planned and implemented by and for Indigenous Peoples. The Grants Facility Board, with majority Indigenous Peoples, review and make final recommendations on grant awards. Deadline for accepting applications for 2005 call for proposals is November 15, 2005. More (Sp) More (Fr)
  • Development Marketplace (DM) is a competition that funds innovative and replicable civil society projects in such areas as human rights, environment, gender, and small-enterprise development; Since 1998, the DM has disbursed $13.5 million through its global program (average grant size of $100,000), and $2.5 million through its decentralized country-based program (average grant size of $10,000)
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF) funds environmental conservation and biodiversity protection efforts worldwide. In fiscal year 2002, GEF disbursed $20 million through its small grants program in 60 countries (grants up to $50,000)
  • Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP) supports the scaling-up and consolidation of local successful micro-finance initiatives In fiscal year 2002, C-GAP disbursed $5.4 million (grants range from $5,000 to $1.1 million)
  • Post-Conflict Fund supports reconstruction efforts in 36 countries; In fiscal year 2002, the Fund disbursed $7 million dollars (average grant size of $643,000) ;and
  • Information for Development (InfoDev) supports civil society knowledge management, information technology, and internet initiatives around the world. In fiscal year 2002, the Program disbursed $3.3 million dollars (average grant size of $46,000).

Trust Funds

  • Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) The JSDF was established by the Japanese Government and the World Bank in June 2000. The $95 million fund provides funding to governments, CSOs, donor agencies and others to carry out poverty reduction initiatives at the country level to address the poverty and social consequences that resulted from the 1997 - 1999 global economic and financial crises.
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Trust Fund (PRSTF) Each Poverty Reduction Strategy Trust Fund (PRSTF) grant is managed in-country by the World Bank, the United Nations, and the contributing donors. The fund is currently supported by a contribution of $20 million from the Netherlands and Japan which is to be allocated over a four year period (October 2001- December 2005). Additional contributions are anticipated from other donors and the fund is expected to endure beyond this initial four year timeframe.


Last updated: September 2005

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