Who can apply for grants and how?

Education Out Loud has conducted the last open call for applications in this project cycle. Consult this website for news about open calls for applications in the future. 

Non-profit civil society organizations in GPE partner countries working on improving transparency and effectiveness of national education policies are eligible to apply for Education Out Loud grants.
Grants will be available for national and international civil society organizations and networks in eligible countries worldwide between January 2020 and December 2024. Grant sizes vary for each funding component:

Component 1

Strengthen national civil society engagement in education planning, policy dialogue and monitoring

Grant size: 100,000 US dollars to 300,000 US dollars (2 years)

Eligible applicants:

Component 1 builds on the strengths of the previous Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) which was active between 2009 and 2018. This component will act as a successor to CSEF, providing continued support to education coalitions at national and regional level.

Call for Proposals for OC1

This call for proposals was by invitation only and to be eligible for funding, national education coalitions had to be:

  • previous recipients of CSEF grants
  • based in countries eligible for GPE funding, which are either currently partner countries or actively seeking to join the partnership

This support will enable National Education Coalitions to:

  • Be more inclusive, particularly of marginalised groups
  • Have better capacity to engage in policy dialogue
  • Participate in and effectively influence policy processes

Component 2

Strengthen civil society roles in promoting the transparency and accountability of national education sector policy and implementation

Grant size: 450,000 US dollars to 1.2 million US dollars (2-3 years)

Eligible applicants:

National civil society organisations working on local and national education policy and implementation. Organisations should be based and working in one or more partner countries eligible for GPE funding. National organisations could include trade unions, women’s groups, youth groups, minority groups, school management committees, etc. Applying organisations must be registered. Organisations without registration status must work with registered organisations to access funds. National chapters of international NGOs, and national education coalitions (funded under Component 1) are not eligible for component 2 funding.

Call for Proposals for OC2

This support will enable civil society organisations to:

  • Improve the availability of data and evidence to affect policy change and monitor of government commitments
  • Have increased capabilities to mobilise citizens to demand and shape education policies that meet their needs
  • Generate and exchange knowledge to strengthen CSOs and to use evidence effectively for advocacy

The Call for Concept Notes for OC2 closed on 19 June. 

Component 3

Create a stronger global and transnational enabling environment for national civil society advocacy and transparency efforts

Grant size: 450,000 US dollars to 1.2 million US dollars (2-3 years)

Eligible applicants:

One civil society organization may apply on behalf of global, regional or multi-country civil society alliances, which include at least one national civil society actor in GPE partner countries eligible for GPE funding. Grant activities must take place in more than one country, as part of a strategy to influence global and regional policy frameworks. The lead applicant must be a formally registered organization. Consortia can include actors not traditionally working in education but that have education as a cross-sectoral priority or skills and tools which can be scalable in the education sector. Groups working with, on behalf of, or which are directly from marginalized groups will be given priority.

Call for Proposals for OC3

This support will enable transnational civil society alliances to:

  • Develop and work together around strategic policy changes related to SDG 4, and increase their strategic advocacy
  • Change policies and practices at regional or global level through transnational advocacy
  • Create or strengthen mechanisms to follow up on global, regional or national commitments related to the right to quality education

A first call for Concept Notes for OC3 closed in January 2020. A second OC3 call was launched 13 July 2020: https://educationoutloud.org/grants/open-now-open-call-concept-notes-co…. The call closed 10 september 2020

A full list of eligible partner countries for OC2 and OC3 will be found in the call for proposals at www.educationoutloud.org as soon as the calls are published.


The GPE Board has allocated 55.5 million US dollars in funding for Education Out Loud for 2020- 2024.

Oxfam IBIS opened the first call for proposals for Component 1 in August 2019. 54 coalitions have received grants to support their work for a 2-year period between 2020 and 2021.

The first round of calls for proposals for Components 3 opened in December 2019 and the second round opened July 13 2020 to support the work of grantees through 2021-2024. Both these calls are now closed and no further calls are expected

First round of Call for Proposals for OC2 opened in April 2020 and closed in June 2020. A second call for OC2 proposals is considered and might be launched in September 2020.

How and where to apply

There are guidelines for application, call for proposals and registration as an applicant in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Check pages for the individual calls to access these files.

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