Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant 2019

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant 2019

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Applications are open for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant 2019. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation.

OSIWA supports innovative interventions with effective strategies that respond to the broader deep-seated political, justice and socio-economic roadblocks to open society in West Africa. They seek to seize new opportunities and deploy novel methods, including technology and the arts, to address open society challenges.

OSIWA seeks proposals aimed at achieving the following specific themes:

  • Economic Governance and Advancement
  • Justice Reform and the Rule of Law
  • Free, Quality and Independent Media
  • Equality and Anti-Discrimination
  • Democratic Practice


  • There is no set maximum amount for OSIWA funding. OSIWA operates a limited budget for the ten 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.


  • OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in West Africa;
  • In rare and limited circumstances, OSIWA provides support to West Africa-based international organizations with a strong commitment to transferring knowledge to local groups they partner with;
  • Grants also go to government institutions as well as regional and sub-regional organizations working in OSIWA’s core priority areas;
  • Organizations seeking funding are required to be legally incorporated in their countries of intervention and interested organizations must submit a completed application proposal, budget, and other relevant documents including governance and leadership information (list of Board members, trustees and management staff who will be involved in the project, and proof of registration);
  • Applications that are not submitted with all the relevant documentation may be delayed.


Proposals should be sent preferably online via the online submission form or to: [email protected]

For more information, visit OSIWA.