Swedish Partnership Programme

ForumCiv's largest programme, The Swedish Partnership Programme, aims at strenghtening civil society actors as agents of change in over 70 countries.

Change begins with people. People who raise their voices, who work together and who organize to demand democracy, equality, accountability and human rights for all. That is why ForumCiv for over two decades have supported civil society organizations who mobilise people and popular movements in over 70 countries.

Swedish organizations can, together with one or multiple local partner organizations, apply for grants from the Swedish Partnership Programme to strengthen partnerships and together implement effective and equitable development work. Partnerships financed by the Swedish Partnership Programme should always be based in a rights-based approach and be relevant for the Swedish Partnership Programme's theory of change. The civil society support provided by ForumCiv shall contribute to the Swedish government’s Civil Society Organization strategy and is expected to contribute to strengthening the capacity of civil society actors, and the civic space.

Is your organization interested in applying for funds from the Swedish Partnership Programme?

Please note that your organization needs to be a member of ForumCiv when applying for funding, and that the application for funding must be submitted during an application window via the Organizational portal. ForumCiv recommends you to apply for membership and eligibility well in advance of an application window.

All information can be found in our programme documents:


Important information
  • Apply for eligibility well in advance. If your has organisation undergone an eligibility assessment which has been approved, but the end date for the latest granted intervention was more than three years ago, your organisation must go through a new eligibility assessment which needs to be approved before you can apply for funds again. 
  • Organizations with on-going projects may only use the funds granted by SPP during the latest agreed project period.
  • Please note that SPP's new audit instructions enter into force on December 1st 2022 and must be used for audit of project funds. The audit instructions can be found here.
Application windows

SPP's April window

  • The window is open on ForumCiv's Organisation Portal between 25/3 2023 and 1/4 2023.
  • During 2023, SPP accept both Partnership Pilot Funding and Medium Partnership Funding applications during the April window with intended start June-July 2023.
  • Advise SPP's Procedures Manual for details on the application process and for recommendations on how much your organisation can apply for. 

SPP's October window

  • Organisations that intend to apply for the October window must register this on ForumCiv's Organisation Portal between 1/5 2023 and 1/6 2023.
  • The actual application is submitted between 24/9 2023 and 1/10 2023.
  • The October window is open for Partnership Pilot Funding and Medium Partnership Funding with intended start in January 2024.
  • Advise SPP's Procedures Manual for details on the application process and for recommendations on how much your organisation can apply for. 

Before submitting an application, ForumCiv must have assessed and approved your organization as having the eligibility to apply for funds from the Swedish Partnership Programme.  If your application is approved, your organization must have been accepted as a member in ForumCiv before an agreement can be signed. 

Contact your Programme Officer or [email protected] for questions.