The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations operating in more than 110 countries worldwide and has been in Ethiopia since 1943.  

The British Council has extensive experience in working with youth through designing and implementing programmes developed specifically to enhance various skills such as leadership and social enterprise, recognising that young people can address societal problems and concerns. Those programmes, including Active Citizens, InterAction, Global Xchange, Premier Skills, International Inspirations and Horn of Africa Leadership and Learning for Action (HOLLA) project, generated direct interventions to provide support for young people to become active citizens engaged in the development of their societies. The British Council developed a strong network of local and international partners, skilled facilitators, tried and tested materials and resources, and experiences of linking people across borders to support the successful delivery of activities at country, regional and global levels. 

The three-year youth programme in Ethiopia will be delivered with a strong emphasis on the three components

  • Increased understanding of the economic aspirations, challenges and lived realities for young people in Ethiopia to inform policy and practice
  • Increased capacity of youth focussed CSOs with tools and resources to deliver innovative programme and operation model
  • Youth led community-based actions modelled to bring young women and men together, showcasing positive youth participation and leadership

The grant scheme mainly falls under the second component, where CSOs with demonstrated commitment to developing the leadership skills of young people across communities in Ethiopia and have initiated innovative models to achieving sustainability across their project activities will be selected to deliver the programme.

British Council Ethiopia therefore invites interested applicants to submit a tender for: Grant Scheme:  Capacity Building for youth-focussed Civil Society Organisations in accordance with the Request for Proposal (RFP) Pack available from British Council’s e-Tendering portal hosted at 

List of Annexes forming part of the request for proposal (RFP)

  • Grant guideline
  • Grant proposal template


Interested organisations are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Only Ethiopian Civil Society Organisations with relevant experience and capacity in youth programmes are invited by the British Council to submit their applications.
  • Applications accepted from lead CSO applicant, with co-applicant CSOs.
  • The organization must be legally registered with license to do similar works in Ethiopia.
  • The organization needs to be competent with good track record in grant management and partnership with other CSOs.
  • Before completing the application form, participating organisations are requested to complete the mandatory eligibility conditions presented at the start of the Proposal

Instructions for application