Call for proposal under Human Right CSOs Grant

Application closing date: 31 July 2022

Information about CSSP2: Civil Society Support Programme Phase Two (CSSP2) is funded by the people of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, and Norway, and the programme is managed by the British Council, in consortium with Pact UK and Social Development Direct. CSSP2 is a capacity development programme designed to support Ethiopia’s civil society organizations to enable them to be capable advocates on inclusive and accountable governance for better equitable and inclusive access to services; and an improving environment for the promotion and protection of the human rights of all. To this end, CSSP2 is supporting Ethiopian civil society organizations through capacity building activities and grant making for CSOs to implement activities. Grant making, Capacity Development and Engagement are the core strategies of the programme that mainstream key cross cutting strategies including gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), Safeguarding, and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL). CSSP2’s core thematic areas are Gender Transformation, Young People, and Citizen-State Engagement. CSSP2 uses Regional Hubs as a basic programme delivery unit. Human Rights Based Approach is CSSP2 core approach. CSSP2 believes and supports collaborative efforts among and between different actors for collective impact initiatives are also the key strategies and approaches used for successful, effective and efficient implementation. 

Definition and Scope:

Human Right CSOs Grant window is aligned to ongoing reform efforts geared towards widening the democratic space and improving the human rights situation in the country. CSSP2’s human right grant aims to strengthen CSOs as capable advocates of good governance and development and to contribute to an inclusive, participatory, and empowered civil society in Ethiopia. It also aims strengthening HR CSOs organizational capability for dependable and sustained existence in the CSO sector of Ethiopia. 

This call for proposals invites applications from CSOs, consortiums/ coalitions whose primary organizational thematic focus is human right promotion and protection. 

CSSP2 seeks to support and strengthen CSOs, consortiums/coalitions/ networks and their efforts towards the protection and promotion of human rights by supporting the implementation of specific projects on thematic areas of CSSP2 (Gender Transformation, Youth Voice and Citizen State Engagement).  

Grant Size and Duration

Each grant size ranges between £ 25,000.00-30,000.00. The exchange rate to be used to convert the GBP budget ceiling to ETB is 63.90 for maximum of 7 Months period from September 2022 to March 2023.

Eligibility Criteria for applicants

 In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicants must:

be a local civil society organization

Registered by authorized government body of Ethiopia (federal or region level) and have a valid registration license

CSOs, Consortiums, Coalitions, and regional Networks whose primary focus is about, to and for Human Right Promotion and Protection.

The applicants shall be working directly on the advocacy of human rights and democracy

The proposed action complies with the objectives or mission of the applicant and contributes to CSSP2’ objectives 

Be directly responsible for the preparation, management, and implementation of the project, not acting as an intermediary.

have basic financial management systems (to be checked by due diligence assessment immediately after the selection of successful concept notes), 

have proven track record and past performance (CSOs who have been funded under CSSP1 or CSSP2, CSSP2 proves the past performance under the CSSP grant), 

Have (or committed to have) safeguarding policy that can be submitted to CSSP2

CSOs who are currently implementing projects funded by CSSP2 are not allowed to apply in this call

 Applicants can only apply separately, and coalition application is not allowed for this call

How to get Application Guideline and Application pack?

The CSSP2 Human Right CSOs Application Guideline and Application packs are available at Or, request via if you face a challenge to download it. Please read the CSSP2’s Human Right CSOs Grant Application Guideline before you begin to write your proposal.

How to Apply?

A full set of application pack should be submitted in soft copies (word excel, and PDF files) to CSSP2 via by indicating CSSP2 Human Right CSOs Application on the subject line of the email. If the size of attachments is larger than the allowable limit, the applicant must send the attachments in rounds; however, the subject line of the second email should denote CSSP2 Human Right CSOs Grants Application – Second Email etc. Deadline for application is on 31 July 2022.

For any enquiry, please send your request through; or Call to: +251- 11 617 4300 the Grants team.