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VOICE Nigeria Sudden Opportunity Grants for Civil Society Organisations

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Through this sudden opportunity grant, VOICE Nigeria is calling on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to undertake a collective action to address specificunanticipated opportunities to influence policy or deal with a threatened/imminent attack on civil society space in Nigeria, especially one that could have a ripple effect or that can impact one or more of Voice target groups in one or more of the impact themes. It is an opportunity for strategic advocacy, mobilisation of CSOs and/collective action that can lead to change in legal decision, policy/laws, a shift in public attitudes and practices to challenge discrimination, promote equal access and opportunities, enhance social well-being, confront injustice and/or encourage social development. This grant is available from €5,000 to €200,000 for an intervention that will last no more than 12 months.

Possible interventions would require using nonviolent action, with active participation of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, faith leaders, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals who jointly and collectively seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights as well as the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights of the Voice target groups.

How to apply

Grants responding to a sudden opportunity are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time from the date the Call for Proposal announcement has been made.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Take the eligibility test below.
  2. Read the Grant Manual.
  3. Download the Sudden Opportunity Concept Note Template and fill it in.
  4. Send your concept note to us at to pitch your idea.

If your concept note is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application. Decisions are made within 4 weeks after application. Projects that are rewarded with funding must be implemented within 6 – 12 months after approval of the application.


Sudden Opportunity Grants are best suited for organisations applying in consortium, partnership, collaboration or as a network, since we expect that the situation needs collactive action.

Sudden Opportunity Grant is a rolling grant and will be open till 31st December, 2017; or until such opportunity (or opportunities) is established and taken up in Nigeria.

Please feel free to contact us at for more information.

Eligibility Test

The eligibility test is a key criteria before applying for any grant with Voice Nigeria. This test applies to Influencing grant, Innovate and Learn grant and Sudden Opportunity grant. However, Empowerment grants or any grant below €25,000 do not require eligibility test, but will be determined by the Voice team in Nigeria following simple grant selection criteria recognised by Oxfam Nigeria.

We are strongly encouraging applications from local consortia, innovative collaborations and/or from networks.

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