New Call for proposals for Agrarian reform and Land Restitution is open and the closing date is 20 February 2015 at 16h00.

Established in June 2006, the Multi-Agency Grants Initiative (MAGI) is a collaborative venture between Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (HIVOS), Atlantic Philanthropies, Uthando and the Ford Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to provide a responsive mechanism for the provision of small grant funding to organisations at community level within South Africa.

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MAGI promotes a stronger and more sustainable CBO sector through grant making support, capacity building, brokering of services, partnership-building and monitoring and evaluation. The participation of a number of donors in the initiative ensures sharing of resources, a reduction of overheads and increased effectiveness. The partnership has been set up with the explicit objective of developing best-practice methodologies and providing a model for indigenous grant-making capacity.

SECTORS: The focus of the fund is on the following sectors:

  • Rural Mobilisation Fund :

    The Fund has been established to strengthen the organisational capacity of community-based organisation and grassroots organisations to engage in struggles for social justice in rural areas of South Africa.  

  • Defence of Democracy Fund :

    The Defence of Democracy Fund‘s purpose is to provide a responsive mechanism for the provision of small grants funding to organisations at community level that work to defend and deepen democracy in South Africa. 

  • Farm workers & Rural livelihoods :

    Focus on projects supporting and promoting the basic human rights of farm workers and the rural poor and projects advocating on behalf of this group

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights :

    Emerging groups or organisations in communities that focus on safe-spaces, mainstreaming and promoting LGBT rights, awareness-raising and consciousness-raising activities,  capacity-building and networking.

  • Refugee Rights :

    Focus on projects promoting rights awareness and protection of marginalised migrant groups, including refugees & asylum seekers. (Unsolicited applications are not accepted for this category).

For further details on sector guidelines email:

Highlights for 2012

MAGI has managed to fund 71 projects in 2012 these include re-grants and newly considered organisations. A total of R6 723 841 was disbursed to support these initiatives which have been implemented in the urban and the rural settings of our country. The funds were made available through the MAGI General pool, the Defence of Democracy Fund (DDF), Rural Mobilisation Fund (RMF), Free State Advice Office programme and Limpopo Farmworkers Migrants and Rights Programme (LFMRRP).

The funds helped in strengthening farm worker forums, provision of capacity building workshops that looked at farm worker’s rights and created spaces for farm workers to engage on issues that relate to their plight. The funds also helped in the provision of additional research for the deposition into the Farlam inquiry in Marikana. The support was provided to the families of the deceased through holistic approaches by the three organisations that we funded.

The involvement of MAGI in making financial resources to be available has made the fund to become quicker in responding to emergencies and accelerated the momentum through the provision of financial resources.

  • Grantees must be community based.
  • Groups and organisations must be constituted and have a written constitution.
  • The groups must demonstrate that some activities have taken place successfully.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a community contribution either volunteer time, funds or material. A value must be attributed to this.
  • There must be a clear outline of the participation of women in leadership and decision making, as well as the specific outcomes for women in terms of empowerment and benefits (where applicable).
  • There must be a clear demonstration that the project is operating in an area of identified needs.
  • Benefits to the community must be clearly defined.

We Support

  • Institutional costs subject to an appraisal by the project officer and the approval of the allocations committee
  • Capacity building and training
  • Direct programme and activity costs
  • Workshops
  • Events
  • Small infrastructure development
  • Exchange visits and peer learning
  • Small items of equipment
  • One off events related to any of the above sectors

We Do NotSupport

  • Bursaries
  • Individual educare institutions
  • Individual entrepreneurs to establish businesses
  • Loans, individual or otherwise