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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

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