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The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) was registered in September 2002 and started its operations in January 2003 - as a Tanzanian non-profit company, designed and funded by a group of like-minded development partners, and governed by an independent Board. The FCS enables citizens to become a strong driving force for change in improving the democratic governance of Tanzania, in fighting poverty and in achieving a better quality life for all.

The FCS has indeed grown from an idea to a strong institution. Its number of grants approved has increased overtime. In 2003 there were only 36 grants approved but up to 2013 there are over 621 grants approved per year.

Our Vision

The Vision of the Foundation is ‘A Tanzania where citizens are empowered to realise their rights and engage in change processes that enhance their quality of life

Our mission

The Mission of the Foundation is “To empower citizens through the provision of grants, facilitating linkages and enabling a culture of ongoing learning to civil society” Members

What is the aim of the Foundation?

The Foundation aims to establish an intermediary support mechanism for civil society organisations in Tanzania which will enable effective engagement in poverty reduction efforts as set out in the Government of Tanzania policies: Vision 2025, the Tanzania Assistance Strategy, and the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP).

The Foundation is one of the largest support mechanisms for civil society in Tanzania, and is committed to delivering grant aid and supporting capacity-building initiatives as a means of strengthening effective engagement in poverty reduction

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