Call for proposals

Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR-Ghana) has a vision to see an active and engaged civil society capable of articulating citizens’ demands and an effective state that is responsive and accountable to its citizens.


Financial grants are one of the ways STAR-Ghana aims to bring about change, alongside other initiatives including technical support and developing the capacity of civil society.

We use various grants mechanisms, including targeted funding to strategic partners, dedicated or ring-fenced grants for excluded groups, as well as competitive grants to incentivise civil society, media and state actors’ engagement on specific issues. A combination of competitive and ‘managed’ funding is used to reach and support a variety of stakeholders and to help address diverse issues.

Open grant applications

We are currently inviting grant applications from civil society organisations (CSOs), media organisations, private sector associations and academia under our local governance call. The call aims to increase the effectiveness of citizens’ actions for inclusive voice and participation in local governance and improved access and quality in service delivery.It also seeks to strengthen, scale up and consolidate the results of previous and ongoing local governance focused initiatives particularly in the areas of inclusive voice, improved access and responsiveness in service delivery. The project periods will range from a minimum of 12 months to a maximum of two years.

Local governance local partnerships grants

Local governance strategic partnerships grants

Types of grants

  • Competitive fundingTo deliver lower-risk projects where results can be better assured and innovative approaches to addressing known issues can be tested.
  • Managed callsTo develop and strengthen alliances and specifically create opportunities to engage the media, the private sector and activist groups more likely to bring high impact results on key issues. This will also include piloting/taking to scale models of citizen mobilisation and engagement.
  • A strategic opportunities fundTo enable rapid reaction to emerging ‘hot’ issues key to achieving systemic change.
  • Parliament fund To strengthen parliament’s institutional capacity and pilot approaches to more effective and sustainable engagements between civil society and parliament.
  • A programme management team (PMT)-managed fundTo support implementation of communities of practice and learning, develop communication products and provide bespoke technical support to partners, particularly to develop proposals out of approved concept notes.

Grant partners

A full list and further information on our grant partners will be added soon.

More than just grants

Evidence from STAR-Ghana phase one and other programmes has shown that giving grants alone does not lead to transformational change. Grants are only one of the ways STAR-Ghana aims to bring about change.


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