Welcome to OSF-SA

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is committed to promoting the values, institutions, and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.

We are part of the Open Society Foundations network which includes these other African organisations: OSISA, OSIWA, and OSIEA.

Our vision is for a just, equitable and inclusive South Africa where the rights enshrined in our Constitution are protected and realised. We are committed to utilising our assets and resources to empower people to actively participate in the democratic process through our grant making, advocacy, research convening and communications roles; and to help the public, private and civil society sectors work together to advance socioeconomic progress and social cohesion.

Our current focus areas include Environmental Rights, Civil and Political Rights, Social and Economic Rights and supporting Media Freedom and Digital Rights.

OSF-Africa is now accepting proposals from organisations working in the areas of Expression and Participation, Security and Rights, Accountability and Justice, Opportunity and Equity, Women’s Rights and Special Initiatives aimed at re-invigorating pan-African civil society, decolonizing academia and research, and advancing African influence globally.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, 13 May 2022.

See Call for Proposals for more details.

In 2018 the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) celebrates 25 years of grant-making in South Africa.

In the past 25 years, we have promoted human rights and constitutionalism to support a democratic and open society in South Africa. We will continue to do so.

To commemorate this important milestone, and in keeping with our transformation objectives, OSF-SA will be featuring the important work of our grantees over the last 25 years. We will also be celebrating young and emerging civil society voices and leaders as we look to the next 25 years of our democracy.

We are looking forward to sharing more information about a number of #OpenSocietySA25 events and initiatives.

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Welcome to OSF-SA

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is committed to promoting the values, institutions, and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.

We are part of the Open Society Foundations network which includes these other African originations: OSISA, OSIWA, OSIEA.

Our focus areas include the Information, Expression, and Accountability Programme, the Justice, Equality, and Rights Programme, and the Research and Advocacy Unit.

In 2018, OSF-SA is celebrating 25 years in South Africa. Watch this space! To find out more about our work, read our latest fact sheet.

Twice a year, OSF-SA considers applications for funding that align with our strategic priorities. Applications must be submitted to OSF-SA through one of our two grant cycles. We are unable to consider applications outside of these cycles.

Before considering applying for funding from OSF-SA, please spend some time to familiarise yourself with our strategic grant-making focus areas, selection criteria, grant cycles and grant-making process.

OSF-SA’s 2018 funding cycles are now closed.

In 2018 the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) celebrates 25 years of grant-making in South Africa.

In the past 25 years, we have promoted human rights and constitutionalism to support a democratic and open society in South Africa. We will continue to do so.

To commemorate this important milestone, and in keeping with our transformation objectives, the OSF will be featuring the important work of our grantees over the last 25 years. We will also be celebrating young and emerging civil society voices and leaders as we look to the next 25 years of our democracy.

We are looking forward to sharing more information about a number of #OpenSocietySA25 events and initiatives.

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