Global Partnership for Social Accountability Grants for CSOs

Deadline: 6 January 2014 (23:59 GMT)
Open to: civil society organizations with legal status in any of the eligible countries (see HERE)
Grants: range from US$500,000 to US$1 million


The Global Partnership for Social Accountability is pleased to announce its 2nd Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals is open to civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and operating in any of 33 eligible countries (those that have ‘opted-in’ to the GPSA to date).

Grants are intended to provide strategic and sustained support to CSO projects with the following objectives:

  • Addressing critical governance and development problems through social accountability processes that involve citizen feedback and participatory methodologies geared to helping governments and public sector institutions solve these problems. Special emphasis is put on problems that directly affect extreme poor and marginalized populations.
  • Strengthening civil society’s capacities for social accountability by investing in CSOs’ institutional strengthening and through mentoring of small, nascent CSOs by well-established, larger CSOs with a track record on social accountability.

Proposals must address the priority themes identified per country. Review your country’s priority theme(s) included in the country-tailored call for proposals. See the country table HERE.


Eligible CSOs must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Have legal status in any of GPSA’s eligible (“opted-in”) countries. The applicant CSO is required to provide a copy of its legal status, including type of CSO and year of establishment. A copy of legal status of the partner CSO(s) that are included in an on-granting scheme must also be provided, if applicable
  2. Use the CSO’s annual audited financial statements corresponding to such organization only (and not to any other partners or affiliates) as the basis for preparing the Proposal Budget.
  3. Have a bank account in the country where the CSO has legal status, and be authorized to receive grant funding directly from the World Bank, should the proposal be selected.
  4. Be able to have a representative from the CSO sign a grant agreement with the World Bank, should the proposal be selected.
  5. Proven track record: main applicant must provide evidence of its experience (at least 3-5 years) in the area of the call for proposals, and a vision matching the goals of the GPSA. To this end, applicant must provide (a) references about previous or ongoing projects related to the field of transparency, accountability and civic engagement, and (b) names of three persons that can provide references about the CSO’s performance. In the case of mentoring proposals, Mentor Organizations must comply with these requirements.
  6. Regional CSOs/networks are eligible for GPSA funding provided that they are legal entities in one of the opted-in countries


Grant amounts will range from US$500,000 to US$1,000,000; but requests for funding below this range will also be considered.


The deadline for submitting grant applications is 6 January 2014 at 23:59 GMT.

All grant applications must be submitted in English. The GPSA will not consider applications written in other languages. Applications must be submitted using the GPSA online e-application platform HERE. Applications submitted through any other means will not be accepted.

Please review the full application guidelines HERE and the Frequently Asked Questions HERE before beginning your application. If you have any questions, you can write to [email protected]

For further information, please visit the official website HERE.

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