About Foundation for Civil Society


Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent Tanzanian Not-For-Profit Development Organization that provides grants and capacity building services to Tanzania based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). FCS was registered as a legal entity in September 2002 and started its operations in January 2003. It is currently one of the biggest and main sources of funding for Tanzanian CSOs.

The idea to establish Foundation was born out of a confluence of purpose between some leaders of the civil society movement and a group of Development Partners in 2002. This was motivated by, amongst other things, a need to enhance CSOs engagement in national poverty reduction programs, increase ‘development aid’ harmonization, as well as to streamline DP’s support to CSOs. FCS is thus an intermediary support mechanism for CSOs in Tanzania and seeks to enable the latter’s effective engagement in poverty reduction initiatives in ways that are complementary to government efforts.

Since its inception, FCS has contributed immensely to the capacity strengthening of the civil society sector in Tanzania thereby (in) directly enabling CSOs and citizens to become key driving forces for positively influencing democratic governance in Tanzania and better quality of life for all. This is realized through provision of grants, facilitation of linkages, as well as enabling a culture of on-going learning within civil society and Tanzania as a whole.

FCS aspires to maintain its position as a leading financing mechanism for CSOs in Tanzania; and to effectively complement government and Development Partners efforts towards poverty reduction as set out in Tanzania’s main development frameworks: Vision 2025 and the Five Year Development Plan 2016-2021.

FCS has indeed grown from an idea to a strong institution. Up to March 2018, we have supported over 5000 Civil Society Organizations, in all regions of the country with grants worth more than 60 Million US Dollars.