Initiative Support

The Initiative Support grant is targeted at smaller and emerging civil society organisations seeking to engage more effectively in the public policy debate, empower their communities, and advance their own organisational development.
  • Min: Max ZMW 600,000
  • 18 – 36 months
  • To support projects or activities that have policy engagement as a central theme but also incorporate some service delivery work.
Eligible to apply
  • Non-governmental
  • Non-international
  • Non-profit
  • Registered in Zambia for over (1) one year
  • Have a Constitution, Articles of Association or Trust Deed
  • Have a bank account operated by more than one signatory
  • The majority of Board members are based in Zambia.
  • Is up to date with statutory annual returns outstanding arrears
  • Only accessible through Graduation Scheme.


The Graduation Scheme is an application process open to civil society organisation that currently hold an active grant contract with ZGF. These organisations can apply to graduate to this level of support.