Grant allocation

The Resilience Fund is aiming to support those organizations and individuals working at the grassroots level, and who consequently may not be familiar with bidding for grants, or in contact with the donor community.

For most grants, we therefore use an organic grant selection process, rather than open calls for application that may be typical for other multi-donor funds. The Resilience Fund works through:

  • Networks of the Global Initiative’s existing staff and programmes
  • Interactions and recommendations of the Resilience Fund’s Advisory Council
  • The Global Initiative's Network of Experts and other close partners
  • Mapping of organisations with local experts

These are used to identify, verify and support all stages of the grant making process.

The organic process of grant selection allows for a thorough process of vetting and due diligence before any grant agreement is signed. Before any outreach or contact is made by the Resilience Fund, those potential grant recipients who seem a good fit with the goals of the Resilience Fund, will be carefully screened by the Fund Management Team. Given the political nature of both organized crime and counter initiatives, and the risk of supporting those who are vocally opposed to the status quo within their communities, society and nationally, the Resilience Fund has to carefully calibrate how and with whom it engages. A duediligence process is undertaken by GI-TOC through engagement with our networks and open source information to check the background and credibility of each grantee.


The new Resilience Fellowship to be launched In 2020 will allocate some grants through an open allocation process. This approach responds to the lessons learned in the first year of the Fund's operation, where it was identified that a stronger approach to support resilient individuals was needed.

Multi-donor approach

The Resilience Fund is open to donations from national governments and agencies, philanthropic foundations, and the private sector (subject to the corporations' ethos being in line with the aims and ethos of the Resilience Fund).

Donors are encouraged to give unearmarked funding to the Fund, however, soft-earmarking can be considered in cases where donors have a specific region or theme which they want to support through the Fund.

Any donor giving over $1million during a calendar year will automatically be offered a seat on the Resilience Fund's Advisory Council.