Common Ground Initiative

A demand led competitive fund open to UK based diaspora-led organisations creating sustainable changes to the poorest communities in Africa.

The grant application process is now closed. There will be no further CGI funding rounds.


CGI aimed to increase funding to both small and diaspora organisations to create real and sustainable change for some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in Africa. CGI also aimed to strengthen the capacity of small and diaspora organisations in the UK.

Background information

The Common Ground Initiative (CGI) was co-funded by DFID and managed by Comic Relief. In 2014 an additional £12 million was invested in the fund by DFID for a further 5 years (2014 to 2019).

Published 11 April 2017