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.
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:
Arts and Culture :
Activities that have a clearly articulated development component such as addressing social issues. These activities must be linked to issues addressed in the sectors below.
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).