OSIWA Grants FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the threshold for funding?
There is no set maximum amount for OSIWA funding. OSIWA operates a limited budget for the nine countries it covers and its regional program. In the event that OSIWA cannot fund the entire project budget, it may choose to fund part of it and request the grant seeker to source for the outstanding balance..
How do I get funding from OSIWA?
OSIWA launches periodically a call for proposals. Grantees can submit their request through this process. However, in some urgent cases the Foundation may consider reviewing proposals submitted outside the regular call process. This decision is at the discretion of the Foundation and will be determined on a case by case basis.
What is the decision making process?
All our requests go through an internal and transparent review process. Depending on the approval limits, final approval will either be given by the Executive Director or the Board.
Does OSIWA give scholarships?
OSIWA does not provide scholarship to individual to pursue studies. However as part of its capacity building for grantees, OSIWA may provide some funding to allow staff of a grantee organization involved in the implementation of an OSIWA project to participate in a training that will enhance delivery on the project. This will be determined by the Foundation on a case by case basis.
However, Open Society Foundations (OSF) has both Fellowship and Scholarship opportunities for outstanding individuals pursuing unconventional approaches to open society challenges and/or innovative scholars making extraordinary contributions in the fields of social sciences and humanities.
Please visit their respective websites for more information on eligibility criteria, guidelines and a list of current fellows. Note, applicants are asked to take into account that due to current OSF operations, OSF Fellows must be professionally fluent in English (e.g. able to give presentations and submit reports). For francophone applicants interested in receiving help with translation of their application, please contact Dayo Olaide in the OSIWA Dakar office at: email@example.com.
The deadline is February 1st, 2013, some flexibility is negotiable.
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Does OSIWA give grants to individual?
OSIWA does not give grants to individual. OSIWA works with institutions and only support such. Individual operating on their own are not eligible for OSIWA funding.
Does OSIWA support international organizations?
As a general rule, OSIWA does not give funding to international organizations. OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in the nine countries in West Africa in which OSIWA works. In rare and limited circumstances, it provides support to West Africa based international organizations with a strong commitment to transfer knowledge to local groups they partner with.