2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS : CLOSING DATE: 30 NOVEMBER 2014
OSISA is part of the global network of Open Society Foundations and operates in ten southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. OSISA promotes open society values by working towards building vibrant and tolerant democracies across the region, through our various thematic and country programmes.
The board of OSISA considers grants over three times a year, and the Foundation accepts applications twice a year through open calls. For the 2015 Strategy Year, OSISA programmes are looking for proposals from civil society or state actors in the following priority spheres:
Human Rights, Justice and the Rule of Law
- Strengthen regional human rights bodies, human rights defenders and advocates, and instituting litigation on a selective basis to supplement other rights-promoting initiatives;
- Lead and support campaigns for the re-instatement of the SADC Tribunal;
- Address the systemic abuse of pre-trial detention through advocacy, legal support to detainees, posing alternatives and strengthening oversight systems;
- Support to organisations representing marginalised groups such as LGBTI people, people with disabilities and indigenous communities to challenge state-sanctioned prejudices through advocacy, litigation and other means; and
- Systematically strengthen the rule of law through working with judges/courts, Bar Associations, states and civil society.
Democracy and Governance
- Contribute towards the realisation of strong parliamentary democracy by supporting state and regional electoral bodies, strengthening civil society’s capacity to monitor elections, encouraging citizen (and particularly youth) participation in the political process and fostering a culture of democracy within political parties and parliaments;
- Strengthen civil society organisations and social movements that empower citizens to hold governments accountable between elections. OSISA’s support will include funding key organisations and movements, facilitating the development of leadership, analytical policy and organisational skills and building linkages across the region; and
- Combat poor governance by working with those who expose corruption and maximising access to information that is critical to the full enjoyment of citizen rights, including social, economic and political rights.
Social and Economic Justice
- Support communities, CSO’s and States to: ensure that the abundant land, mineral and water resources of the region are governed and utilised for inclusive , broad based economic development; combat exploitation by corporations and corrupt political elites of the natural wealth of the region; promote enhanced productivity and economic empowerment of small (especially women) farmers;
- Support movements demanding services - particularly health care and education for marginalised groups, women and young children; supporting government initiatives in policy development and service provision aimed at broadening access and improving quality; and
- Support the development of policy frameworks that draw state, private sector and citizens into an economic policy framework that benefits board oversight and governance.
NB: This call for proposal does not exclude the seeking of funding for unanticipated and opportunistic work during 2015, whereby potential grantees may make submission outside the stated period. These submissions need to include a detailed justification for the submission.
To be eligible to apply for an OSISA grant, the following requirements are essential for established organisations, but not mandatory particularly for nascent organisations:
- Have a mission and implement programmes that are consistent with open society values;
- Demonstrate the ability to operate in a clear niche and be a significant actor within that arena (demonstrated by a record of producing materials, having conducted research and/or advocacy, and having implemented programmes at a sub-regional, national or region-wide level);
- Demonstrate the ability to operate a well-managed and financially viable operation (demonstrated by the submission of three-to-five years of audited financial statements and a letter of support from an existing donor);
- Sound and strong track record of success and impact on its target population (as evidenced by the submission of independent programmatic evaluations that are less than two years old);
- Strong financial management systems and strong capacity for resource mobilization (as evidenced by the existence of a qualified accountant and/or accounting firm managing the organisation’s finances, and evidence of financial systems in place);
- A clear strategic vision for the organization, and an articulation of how this vision will assist the organisation to address the needs of the population and/or open society issue for which it requires support and funding.
Grants will be awarded based on available funding and the priorities outlined on our website, for each programme. Updated and mini-calls will also be posted from time-to-time. Short-listed applicants may be required to provide more information, or may be contacted for field visits.
Submission of applications
Applications should be completed using the following methods:
- By Mail to: Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, PO Box 678, Wits 2050
- By Fax: +27115875099
- Online via www.osisa.org
Kindly use ONLY ONE method of application.
Specific guidelines can be accessed on our website through this link: web proposals guidelines 2015
The time required to review a proposal varies according to the complexity of the proposal, the problem being addressed, and the number of proposals being reviewed. Generally, it can take up to three months from the time a proposal is received to the actual award of a grant, although OSISA strives to be as expeditious as possible in its review of inquiries and proposals. Please keep this in mind when planning.