UNDP/RGB launches a Programme on Strengthening Civil Society Organizations for Responsive and Accountable Governance in Rwanda

Deadline: 26 April 2019

In an effort to further strengthen the capacity of Civil Society organizations, UNDP Rwanda in partnership with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) has launched a call for project and research proposal.

This Call for Proposals outlines the steps to be followed to apply for the micro-grant programme for national/local CSOs, and research institutes, academia and think tanks specifically for the research grants. The proposals will be evaluated by an independent Grant Selection Committee ensuring equal treatment of all submissions.

Thematic Areas

Eligible project proposals can focus on one of the eleven thematic areas described hereunder:

  • Human rights, legal aid and gender equality
  • Family promotion, anti-SGBV and child protection
  • Empowerment of people with disabilities
  • Social protection
  • Citizen participation and accountability
  • Service delivery
  • Youth empowerment and culture promotion
  • Capacity building of organizations, including the media sector
  • Protection of the environment for green growth and climate resilience
  • Extension services for agriculture and livestock
  • Promoting research for development

Funding Information

  • Micro-grants will be awarded a maximum budget of 25,000,000 RWF under thematic areas 1-10, and a maximum of 45,000,000 RWF under thematic area 11(for umbrella CSOs, research institutes, academia and think tanks). Proposals submitted should therefore not exceed these budget ceilings.
  • CSOs are required to provide own contributions to the implementation of the proposed project, which should be clearly reflected in the budget. Own contributions can be in-kind such as the organization’s office space, equipment (IT equipment, office furniture and vehicles), volunteer staff, among others.


The proposed project can have duration of a maximum of twelve (12) months. The project will start on the day of signature of the grant agreement.


The project should take place in the territory of Rwanda. Projects targeting rural areas will be considered positively in the selection process.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organizations eligible to respond to this Call for Proposals are national/ local civil society organizations (including umbrella organizations), which are legally registered by the Rwanda Governance Board in line with the existing legislation. All applicants should possess a registration certificate issued by RGB and an organization bank account.
  • For the purpose of this Call for Proposals, civil society organizations encompass national non-governmental organizations and faith-based organizations defined as follows:
    • Registered National non-governmental organizations(including media associations registered by RGB)
    • Registered Faith based organizations
  • Specifically for grant area (11) ‘Promoting research for development’, Umbrella Civil Society Organizations, Research Institutes, Academia and Think Tanks are invited to apply.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted by hand delivery to the office of the RGB at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Rwanda

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2UKzV9w

  • Avatar RFTHDBT says:

    Hello! This is a great opportunity to strengthen local organizations, are cooperative organizations and self-help groups eligible to apply?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi RFTHDBT,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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