Rules and eligibility

Opportunity grant

Rules and Eligibility

Opportunity grant > Rules and eligibility

What location or region should our project operate in?

We will consider applications from civil society organisations working in all countries that are eligible for the Opportunity grant. (See map and list below). If you can't see if a country is highlighted in the map, please check the list for confirmation.

Please note: we only accept applications in English and French.

    • Afghanistan
    • Angola
    • Bangladesh
    • Benin
    • Bhutan
    • Bolivia
    • Botswana
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cambodia
    • Cameroon
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Congo, Republic Of
    • Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
    • Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
    • Djibouti
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Ethiopia
    • Gabon
    • Gambia, The
    • Ghana
    • Guatemala
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Honduras
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Kenya
    • Lao People's Democratic Republic
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Maldives
    • Mali
    • Mauritania
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique (Moçambique)
    • Myanmar (formerly Burma)
    • Namibia
    • Nepal
    • Nicaragua
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Occupied Palestinian Territories
    • Pakistan
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Paraguay
    • Rwanda
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Senegal
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Solomon Islands
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Sudan
    • Sri Lanka
    • Sudan
    • Swaziland
    • Tanzania
    • Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor)
    • Togo
    • Tuvalu
    • Uganda
    • Vanuatu
    • Yemen (Arab Republic)
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
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Who can apply?

Civil society organisations (CSOs) located in one of our eligible countries are welcome to apply. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from women and youth led organisations. 

​CSOs can include: 

  • Community groups 
  • Youth groups 
  • Non-governmental organisations 
  • Indigenous groups 
  • Charitable organisations 
  • Faith-based organisations 
  • Research institutes 
  • Social enterprise groups 
  • Public-private partnerships 
  • Communications and media groups 
  • Professional associations ​
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International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) and UN agencies are not eligible to apply for Opportunity grants

For more information on how to describe an organisation, please refer to our organisation definitions​ - it is the last question in the How to Apply - FAQ section.

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If we are unregistered or do not have a bank account, can we apply? 

Yes! We will accept applications from organisations that are not registered and do not have a bank account because we recognise that some organisations are still new and in some contexts there are security risks associated with registration. But please note that unregistered organisations that have applications successfully recommended for funding may need to fulfil certain registration requirements following due diligence and financial assessments. Regarding registration and bank accounts:

  • If registration is considered appropriate we will stipulate that you do register at the beginning of your grant. We therefore encourage unregistered groups who apply for an AmplifyChange opportunity grant to start the registration process as soon as possible during the application stage. This will support the application if it is successful, and it will also be helpful when applying for funds from other donors.

  • If you are working in a context where it is not safe to register, we will request a letter of endorsement from a known AmplifyChange partner who is able to confirm the existence of your organisation and the risks of registration within your local context.  

  • AmplifyChange will only pay grant funding into bank accounts held by organisations - we cannot operate through personal bank accounts. If a successful applicant organisation cannot open its own bank account then we may be able to fund through a ‘fiscal sponsor’. A fiscal sponsor is an organisation which is familiar with the grant holder and is willing to operate as a banking function for the project. 

Both registration and banking are important to organisations in obtaining grant funding. Having a formal registration and banking operation will support any applications for funds from other donors.  

Can we apply through a third party?

Where organisations are small or unregistered sometimes they choose to apply as a sub-grantee of another organisation which is registered and has its own bank account.

AmplifyChange is happy to support applications in this form. The partner should however be aware that the lead partner must take full responsibility and bear liability for the grant. We would expect the lead partner to have responsibility for oversight of the sub-grant and to complete basic due diligence to ensure they know who they are working with. 

The full delivery chain including any subgrants should be made clear during application and due diligence. 

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How much funding can we apply for?

Opportunity grants can be up to a maximum of EUR40,000. There is no lower limit.*

*As guided by our value for money study, we have increased the maximum amount that Opportunity grantees can apply for to up to EUR40,000 

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How long will we receive funding for?

The maximum duration of funded projects is 1 year. There is no minimum duration.

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Can our organisation apply for more than one grant at a time?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of applications that one organisation can submit.

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Is it essential that we have a board of directors to apply?

No. Whilst it is often beneficial for an organisation to have a formal structure, we recognise that in many situations this is not possible or appropriate. But we do ask you to tell us how decisions are made in your organisation.