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 size and value of grants portfolio has relatively grown overtime. In 2003 the size of grants portfolio stood at 52 grants, worth TZS 807,210,000 whereas from 2016 the grants portfolio is expected to be between 250 and 300 grants per year.
The amount of grants disbursed has also increased since the FCS inception.
Our coverage in the country has grown from covering only 14 regions in the year 2003 - to covering all 30 regions of the country - starting from the year 2013 on wards.
Our outreach to the rural areas has also increased over time with an increasing percentage of our projects being implemented by organisations in the rural areas or focusing on the rural areas. In the year 2003, only about 15% of our projects were focused in the rural areas while until recent the trend has been averaging to over 60%.
Our staff compliment has also increased steadily, from 21 in the year 2003 to 31 in the year 2016.