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FRF Thought Leadership

The FirstRand Foundation, in recognising the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in a democratic South Africa, has approved a call for funding applications from think-tanks and policy advisory organisations.

The FirstRand Foundation welcomes initial applications from CSOs that focus primarily on high-quality research into challenges faced by South Africa.

We are specifically looking for CSOs that fit the following criteria:

  • Transformation: CSOs that can provide a clear case/plan of transformation in their organisations. The plan should include measures to recruit, sustain and support black managers and researchers in their respective organisations. There must be a clear transformation and succession plan across all levels
  • Knowledge sharing: CSOs that can provide a business case on how they will expand the dissemination of their work (knowledge sharing) to reach broader society
  • Mainstreaming disability: CSOs that are able to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy access to services and programmes, and that the work of the organisation is inclusive in nature

Should you fulfil the criteria above, please follow the link to complete the first-round application form and send it to by no later than Monday, 5 June 2017.

 FirstRand Phase One Application Form

Please note – as per the above – that this is a first-round application. Should it fulfil the criteria, a full application form requiring more information will be sent to the organisation for completion. Please note that, should you get to this point, funding is never guaranteed.

Any queries can be addressed directly to