Call for  Proposals : Anti-Corruption Workstream- Small Grants Component

(Open to Community Based Organisations (CBOs), District level Civil Society Organisations, Community-based radio stations and other Citizen Groups)


Theme: Towards a more effective anti-corruption strategy: Citizens’ Actions Matter

About STAR Ghana
STAR-Ghana is a five-year (2015 – 2020) voice and empowerment programme supported by UK Aid, the European Union and DANIDA.  Its purpose is to support the development of a civil society and citizenry capable of influencing change which will lead to improved inclusive access to high quality, responsive service delivery in Ghana. Its strategic approach is focused on supporting the creation, utilisation and institutionalisation of spaces for collective engagement, within civil society and between civil society and other actors, as a means of increasing the accountability and responsiveness of the executive and key state institutions at both local and national levels.

The Anti-Corruption Call
National corruption surveys in recent years point to a significant deterioration in citizens’ perceptions of corruption Ghana. Corruption is a barrier to the achievement of gender equality and social inclusion.  Corruption has the greatest impact on the most marginalised and most vulnerable in society. It marginalises those living in poverty by putting goods and services further out of their reach and consequently leaves them lagging even further behind in economic, social and political development.  Tackling corruption is therefore essential if Ghana is to achieve sustainable and equitable growth.

Towards this end, STAR-Ghana is inviting proposals from eligible CSOs to implement projects under the Small grants component of its Anti-corruption call.

Examples of projects to be funded under this component include:

  • Citizens’ access to public goods and services such as health and education;
  • Management and accounting for local revenues;
  •  Citizens’ access to economic resources, including markets and credit;
  • Increased accountability and transparency of local government institutions and other key public institutions in the discharge of their duties;
  • Citizens’ education around anti-corruption;
  •  Other locally relevant anti-corruption issues, particularly those affecting women, the youth and persons living with disabilities.


Eligible Organisations:

Registered Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs) including Media organisations located or operating at community or district levels. These include:

  • Small CSOs located in and/or operating primarily at community/district  or sub national levels;
  • Community-based organisations;
  • Faith-based organisations;
  •  Town, village and community associations;
  • Farmer-based organisations, fishermen and women associations representing peasant or small-scale food farmers or small-scale fishermen or fish processors;
  • Youth associations,
  •  Associations of persons with disabilities; and
  • Community radio stations

NB: These organisations must be registered with the Registrar-General’s Department and must have a Tax Identification Number.

Existing STAR-Ghana grant partners, under the GESI and Media calls, are not eligible to apply as lead organisations.


Focus and Duration of projects
This component of the Anti-Corruption Call focuses on supporting the piloting of innovative strategies and approaches to facilitate citizens’ active engagement in the fight against corruption leading to good governance and sustainable development. The focus is therefore on citizen mobilisation and actions on locally relevant anti-corruption issues. The proposed project should:

  • pilot or test an innovative strategy or approach or build from an existing approach that has proven effective in order to achieve greater impact and results;
  • have a maximum duration of 12 months and;
  • Have a maximum budget of approximately GHS 200,000.00 per project.

Organisations are encouraged to build partnerships with various stakeholders/actors, including media organisations, government agencies and other CSOs operating at district or regional levels to enable more innovative and joined-up actions. Particular priority will be given to proposals that build partnerships between various stakeholders to strengthen accountability through citizens’ actions.

Please visit the STAR-Ghana website ( for more detailed information on:

  • Guidance Notes for Applicants
  • The STAR-Ghana’s Anti-Corruption Framework;
  • The report on the Scoping study which informed this call;
  •  Other useful materials.

Eligibility Criteria for the CSO or the Coalition/Network/Alliance

  • Should be able to state clearly the results and outcomes that will be achieved from the project;
  • Must demonstrate a track record in working with and delivering results for the target social groups;
  • Should have linkages with other Civil Society Organisations at district and local levels to leverage additional capacities;
  • Should provide bank statements for the past six (6) months);
  • Must be registered with the Registrar-General’s Department with Tax Identification Number;
  • Be known by community leaders in the communities where they seek to operate their project;
  • Should be able to submit references from the District Assembly, Traditional Council or a funding organisation/agency.
  • Must not have been blacklisted by any donor agency, governmental agency or national CSO;
  • STAR Ghana may request additional information at the due diligence stage of the process when shortlisted;
  • Should provide 2016 audited accounts – for organisations which have been in existence for 3 years and above, and the latest financial statement – for organisations which have been in existence for below 3 years.
How to Apply

  1. Download the application preparation pack which contains the following documents:
    – Sample application form (for preparation only – Do not submit this)
    – Guidance Notes for Applicants;
    – STAR-Ghana’s Anti-Corruption Framework;
    – The report on the Scoping study which informed this call;
    – Other useful materials.
  1. Use the contents of the Application Preparation Pack to prepare your application responses and attachments;
  2. Login to the STAR-Ghana  Online Form (Anti-Corruption – Small Grants Component)
  3. Complete the online form with the content form your preparation pack. You may save progress and return to continue later. Submit the online form once your entries and attachments are complete.
  4. Deadline for submission of completed online application form is 4th December 2017.
  5. Shortlisted applications will be notified within 4 weeks after close of application.

Information Sessions
Interested organisations are invited to Information sessions to be held as follows:

No. Location Venue Date Time
1. Accra Du Bois Centre 31st Oct 2017 10:00am
2. Sunyani Tyco City Hotel 2nd Nov 2017 10:00am
3. Takoradi Akroma Plaza Hotel 2nd  Nov 2017 10:00am
4. Tamale GILLBT Training Centre 2nd  Nov 2017 10:00am
5. Wa Nuoyong Empire Hotel 2nd  Nov 2017 10:00am

For enquiries, please email us at the following address: or call (0302) 774488 between 9am and 5pm on week days.