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The Trusted Standard For Grant Funding

At the heart of the Global Grant Community (GGC) is the world’s first international Standard for Good Financial Grant Practice (ARS 1651). The Standard was developed at the African Academy of Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya with support from some of the world’s largest public and private sector funders including UKAID, Wellcome, UK Research and Innovation, the UK Dept. of Health & Social Care, the IKEA Foundation, the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and Co-ordinating Agency (NEPAD).

The Standard sets out in detail over 300 requirements for the Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) that major funders expect and look for when allocating funding. These requirements run across four practice areas of financial management, human resources, procurement and governance.

The GFGP Standard is now available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese languages.The copyright of the GFGP standard is owned by the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) and copies of the standard can be purchased from the following National Standards Bodies which have adopted the GFGP standard. .

Kenya Bureau of Standards

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Rwanda Standards Board

Uganda National Bureau of Standards

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Grant receivers only need to complete one assessment which is seen by many funders. This saves time by ending the requirement to complete multiple assessment reports for each grant application.

Already, more than 250 organizations across 45 countries globally have completed the GFGP Pre- Certification Assessments. The Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) Standard has been adopted in Ghana as their national Standard for the Grant Community. This follows the adoption of GFGP standard in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda and Tanzania. Countries such as Botswana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Senegal are as well in the process of adopting GFGP standard as their national standard.

At last there is a level playing field between state and philanthropic funders and their beneficiaries, with everyone working to a common standard of what represents best practice in grant management.

The Global Grant Community  and the new GFGP Standard will rebuild trust in the global funding supply chain by only connecting funders with grant receivers that have been assessed for their ability to comply with the rigorous grant management requirements set out in the world’s first international Standard of its kind.

GFGP Standard (ARS 1651:2018)

The GFPG Standard has been developed in Africa in partnership with the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), which formally published the Standard (ARS 1651) in June 2018. ARS 1651 can be implemented by any organization globally , and has been designed to be relevant for grant receivers and grant awards of all sizes. There are four tiers of GFGP compliance - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum - depending on the scale and complexity of funding and the size of the grant receiver.

How to choose the right tier

One Standard to fit all sizes

During the grant application process, funders can ask grant receivers to provide an assessment of their ability to comply with one of four tiers of the new global GFGP Standard: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum, based on funding complexity and grant receiver size.

Grant receivers can complete a GFGP Pre-Certification Assessment for one of these four tiers, based on the size and complexity of their organisation. This Pre-Certification Assessment report then appears on a searchable database used by funders looking to award grants.

Typically, the bronze tier would be right for a CSO or CBO working in a single region or city, handling a few small funding grants each year. Silver tier would be relevant for an NGO that manages a greater number of larger grants in one or more countries; and gold would apply to larger INGOs or Research Institutes managing significant funding grants at a continental or International level, involving sub awarding of grants. Finally, platinum will be right for the largest funding awards given to global INGOs and international Institutes conducting global activities.


  • CBOs, CSOs
  • Regional/Country level activities


  • NGO's
  • Activities across one or more counties


  • Larger INGO's
  • Research Institutes
  • Continental/International activities
  • Makes sub awards


  • Global NGO's
  • International institutes
  • Global activities