Our project funding

Swedish Partnership Programme

ForumCiv's largest grant which focuses on strenghtening civil society actors as agents of change in over 70 countries. Swedish organisations can together with local partner organisations apply for grants to jointly implement projects or programmes with a rights-based approach.

Belarus Programme

The Belarus Programme aims to empower civil society organisations, initiatives and groups in Belarus to advance human rights and civic participation in decision making.

Good to know

  • In ForumCiv's Organisation Portal you register, apply for grants and send in reports. 
  • Do you have feedback on our sub-granting or learning activities? Please let us know at [email protected]. We seek to constantly improve our quality in our processes, your opinon is an important part of that.
  • In Sida's CSO database, you can find detailed information about each individual effort, including financial budget, outcomes and Swedish and local partner organsations. ForumCiv does not disclose individual organisations' applications, reports or our assessments.


A non-profit organization or a trust based in Sweden that: 

  • Has passed the ForumCiv eligibility assessment
  • Applies a rights-based approach in its work (read more about it in the section below) 
  • Has a local partner/s in the country were the project will be implemented

The Swedish Partnership Programme offers grants for pre-studies and development projects. The following gives an example of what a pre-study or a development project can look like: 

  1.  You have been contact with an organisation in Peru that conducts good work in relationship to protecting young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. The aim of the pre-study is to explore the possibilities of a potential future partnership. 
  2. You have cooperated with an environmentally focused organisation in Nigeria for several years. The aim of the project is to strengthen the organisation of people living in the Niger delta that are opposing the oil extraction. You plan to facilitate communication between organized groups and in different ways support the groups to initiate a network that will advocate towards the government.

The rights-based approach is based on human rights and opportunities to strengthen mobilization. This means, among other things, that the local partner and the target group of the project should be involved in the planning of the project. The project should, to the extent possible, be formulated and owned by the people that are expected to benefit from the project. Democratic processes, equality and inclusion are key concepts for the rights-based approach.  

More information about the rights-based approach here

The Essential guide to project planning will help you plan your pre-study or project. 




  • The rights-based approach is weak or missing. The project is assessed as not including the opinions of the target group and/or doing harm according to the “Do no harm”-principle.  
  • The project is assessed as unrealistic or not sufficiently efficient in its implementation. The assessment takes planning, methods and resources into account. 
  • The project is assessed as not being sufficiently cost-effective. The budget is assessed as not reflecting the goal of the project. The budget posts are either too low or high or are not realistic in relationship to planned activities.  
  • The capacity of the applying organisations is assessed as weak in relationship to the project. If the objective of the project reaches further than the organizations existing financial, human or system resources, the project can be rejected due to lacking capacity.  
  • The risks of supporting the project are assessed as too high for ForumCiv. The project can be rejected if internal and external risks are assessed as too high.