Port Loko District Council, Sierra Leone

Grants

GRANTS UPDATE: SABI wishes to inform all civil society partners and the general public that we have closed the SABI Grants Fund, and we will not be processing any grant documents going forward.  

January 25, 2019

SABI launched a nationwide open grants call in June 2018, seeking funding applications from established civil society organisations. 

Following a regional tour of information sessions, 79 applications were received. A robust review process was undertaken including three rounds of screening by a Grant Selection Committee comprised of representatives from our donor DFID (the UK Government’s Department for International Development), the SABI programme, consortium lead Christian Aid and local councils. 

After the final screening process, a due diligence exercise was conducted with the six applicants who had been given initial approval by the Grant Selection Committee. Following this process, it was deemed that only two applications sufficiently met the funding criteria. Both organisations have now commenced their projects. 

SABI struggled to identify organisations which met its rigorous partner eligibility criteria and projects which demonstrated innovation and would bring added value to the programme.  

The way forward 

Moving on from the grant selection exercise, SABI has been very busy with expanding and implementing the programme in all 16 districts of Sierra Leone.

In light of the difficulties in attracting high-calibre applications during its first grants call and with the limited time remaining in the programme, the Grant Selection Committee has taken the decision not to launch a second grants call. 

Rather, SABI has devised alternative ways of closing the strategic gaps and achieving its programme objectives.  

To this end, SABI wishes to inform all civil society partners and the general public that we have closed the SABI Grants Fund, and we will not be processing any grant documents going forward.  

However, SABI deeply appreciates the contributions of all CSO partners who applied for funding, and we look forward to actively collaborating with you in the future.