Active Grants

Lead2030 Applications Live

Deadline: January 5, 2019

In its first year, Lead2030 will provide $500,000 to the most impactful youth-led initiatives, businesses or movements that are making a tangible impact on a selected Sustainable Development Goal.

Funding is equally divided across 10 SDG Challenges, each of which is supported by a Lead2030 Challenge Partner.

In addition to funding, each Challenge Winner will be connected with a team of expert mentors from the supporting business and its partners.

For the opportunity to receive this transformative support, explore the Challenges and apply before 5 January 2019.

ChangeMakers and ChangeLeads

Deadline: January 7, 2019

The purpose of Project Pakati – through the African Leadership Institute – is to create spaces and opportunities where young people can identify synergies and collaborate, resulting in the execution of collective agendas and activities that drive the African developmental agenda forward. In keeping with this, Pakati is calling for 150 ChangeMakers and three ChangeLeads to work on a youth representation project.

Common Wealth Foundation Grant Programme 

Deadline: January 7, 2019

The Foundation offers grants of up to £200,000 over four years in support of innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments and that have the potential to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. The Foundation believes in the power of stories and storytelling for social change and will award grants for creative approaches that have the potential to influence public discourse.

The African CSO Excellence Awards

Deadline: January 11, 2019

The African CSO Excellence Awards is a joint initiative between EPIC-Africa and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Awards highlight the importance of organizational capacity to achieve program impact. The African CSO Excellence Awards reward organizations that demonstrate excellence across eight key elements of organizational capacity: Strategic Ability and Adaptability, Leadership and Governance, Financial Health and Management, Human Resources and Staff Development, Operations, Communications, Partnerships and Alliances, Monitoring and Evaluation.

The Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards

Deadline: January 13, 2019

The Arrell Food Prizes recognize global excellence in the broad area of food innovation and community impact. In 2019, two awards will be given: One award will recognize a researcher, or group of researchers, who has advanced understanding of food production, processing, distribution, consumption, safety and/or human nutrition, with a significant positive impact on society. Likely themes include: food science, the environmental impact of agriculture, crop or livestock genetics, agro-ecology, soil health, food animal health and production, pest management, supply chain management, food processing, food packaging, food safety, food consumption, human nutrition, food retail/marketing.

UN Women Fund For Gender Equality

Deadline: January 18, 2019

The UN Trust Fund’s annual Call for Proposals, which is available in six languages, accepts multi-year grant applications for up to US$1 million in English, French and Spanish. With its 22nd funding cycle in 2018, the UN Trust Fund will fund organizations that qualify for funding (a) under the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2015-2020, (b) under the “special window” addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current refugee crisis and (c) under the “special window” addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.

AI For Social Good

Deadline: January 22, 2019 is issuing an open call to organizations around the world to submit their ideas for how they could use AI to help address societal challenges. Selected organizations will receive support from Google’s AI experts, grant funding from a $25M pool, credit and consulting from Google Cloud, and more.

Support to Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Aquaculture in Uganda (PESCA)

Deadline: January 29, 2019. 

The EU is seeking proposals from eligible organisations to contribute to a competitive, job-intensive, environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture sector in Uganda.

Heineken Africa Foundation

Deadline: February 1, 2019

In partnership with a local Heineken brewery in select African countries, local or international NGOs can apply to receive funding for projects in maternal/child care and WASH (Water, Hygiene, Sanitation, and Health). The Heineken Africa Foundation provides funding and administrative assistance. The local brewery supports through means of manpower, expertise and monitoring. The NGO is responsible for the implementation and continuation of the project.

Open Society Fellowship

Deadline: February 4, 2019

The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

Motorola Solutions Foundation

Deadline: February 4, 2019

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is now accepting 2019 inquiry requests. The deadline to submit the 2019 inquiry form is February 4, 2019. All 2019 applicant organizations will be notified in late-March if they have been selected to submit a formal application. Grant award decisions will be announced by early-August 2019.

Amplify Change: Strengthening Grant

Deadline: February 5, 2019

Strengthening grants support time-limited projects (up to 12 months) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more priority themes (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender Based Violence) of AmplifyChange. Grants range between EUR40,000 – 100,000 and can be used to support, strengthen quality and scale-up the work of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level.

SEED Foundation Grant

Deadline: February 6, 2019

SEED Foundation pools together companies committed to supporting groups of African farmers. Our goal: give our committed corporate sponsors the opportunity to achieve their societal engagement by supporting family-based agricultural initiatives. Our mission: support agricultural and rural development in Africa so as to strengthen food security and living conditions for the more vulnerable populations.

Van Tienhoven Foundation For International Nature Protection

Deadline: February 14, 2019

Van Tienhoven Foundation is a small foundation that makes grants on the basis of the estate of Pieter Gerbrand van Tienhoven.

They are concerned about life on earth and the delicate balance between human life, nature and biodiversity. They believe local people are instrumental and key to conserve and restore nature and species populations. They believe that small grants can have a great impact, but only if small grants lead to change in policy and practice.


Kenyan Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

Deadline: February 15, 2019

“Launch and Grow: The Kenyan Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in USA is a unique first-of-its-kind program offered to select groups of both emerging women entrepreneurs and seasoned Kenyan women entrepreneurial leaders.

The Women for Africa Foundation, through collaboration with Babson College and Banco Santander, will offer a transformational and very unique learning experience designed to accelerate the impact and success of the participating entrepreneurs’ businesses. The program includes an intensive one-week residency at Babson’s main campus located near Boston, Massachusetts, the USA in addition to e-learning, coaching, and mentoring post-program in Nairobi.


Advocacy Academy

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Women Deliver is excited to launch our Advocacy Academy: three, brand new advocacy skill-building opportunities exclusively for Women Deliver 2019 Conference registrants! Led by some of the world’s leading advocates for gender equality and girls’ and women’s health and rights, these sessions will help emerging advocates sharpen skills, build connections with allies and peers, and practice proven methods for policy change. They’ll also equip advocates with tools and techniques to leverage the Women Deliver 2019 Conference to build and grow partnerships, and advance strategic advocacy initiatives.


World Bank: IDEAS To Transform The Lives Of Billions 

Deadline: February 24, 2019

Despite significant progress in recent years, one billion people are still unable to prove their identity, and millions more have forms of identification that cannot be reliably verified or authenticated. In an increasingly digital age, the lack of verifiable identification often results in exclusion from economic opportunities and a variety of social and political rights.

THE CHALLENGE: How can digital identification systems in developing countries be better designed or adapted to protect people’s privacy and empower them with greater control over their personal data?

PRIZES: Cash prizes totaling $100,000 with a top prize of $50,000.

Youth Champions Initiative

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Rise Up is launching the third cohort of the Youth Champions Initiative (YCI), in partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Following a competitive selection process, Rise Up will select 22 visionary young people working in Packard Foundation priority geographies – India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the United States. YCI integrates intensive capacity building, leadership development, mentoring, project funding, and technical assistance to enable young leaders to launch creative new initiatives to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights in their countries.

UNICEF Innovation Fund Call for Data Science & A.I

Deadline: February 28, 2019

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to 100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit  technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.

If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you.

World Food Programme

Deadline: February 28, 2019

The WFP Innovation is receiving innovative applications and proposals to help fight and end hunger.

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Apply now for the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate.

Internet Freedom Fund

Deadline: March 1, 2019.

The Internet Freedom Fund is OTF’s primary way to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and every-day people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online.

Advancing Infectious Disease Detection and Response in Nigeria

Deadline: March 4, 2019.

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to conduct high quality public health research. Research projects may be quantitative, qualitative, and /or mixed methods epidemiological studies to conduct and monitor epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory-based projects, surveillance, and research of important diseases in Nigeria, including but not limited to address acute febrile illness, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic and vector borne diseases; environmental health issues effecting infectious diseases (such as water and air); vaccine-preventable diseases; biosafety and security; and other public health threats of local importance.

Positive Action Challenges: Reaching All Children

Deadline: March 5, 2019

Are you already providing social protection alongside HIV testing, treatment and care for children (ages 0-18) in low or middle-income countries? Can you document an intervention that demonstrates how social protection supports HIV testing, treatment and care for children in low or middle-income countries? Then respond to the Positive Action Challenge to receive funding.

USADF-All On Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge

Deadline: March 15, 2019

USADF and All On invite you to submit proposals for innovative off-grid solutions to “power up” underserved areas of Nigeria. Applicants should be developing, scaling up or extending energy technologies to off-grid areas of Nigeria.

To apply, applicants should complete the the application form below and send required attachments, to between February 1 and March 15, 2019. For details on eligibility and full application instructions, please refer to the Request for Proposals document below.

Annual Program Statement, U.S. Embassy Harare PAS

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The U.S. Embassy Harare Public Affairs Section (PAS) Harare invites proposals for projects that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Zimbabwe through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Comic Relief’s Children Survive and Thrive 

Deadline: March 22, 2019

Comic Relief is offering up to £300k to fund projects in Kenya and Malawi  that focus on community action for early childhood development – to help make sure that all children have the best possible start, and become happy, healthy and confident individuals. These projects can be in education, sports, and social technology.  Applicant organisations must have a minimum annual income of £75k.

Call for expressions of interest to become a local champion in Futures Literacy in Africa

Deadline: March 24, 2019

The Imagining Africa’s Futures project is launching a call for expressions of interest for local champions in Africa. Local champions are expected to be key constituents of UNESCO and its partners’ effort to conduct research in Futures Literacy by co-designing and co-running Futures Literacy Laboratories in their local communities. Local champions can be a team of driven individuals or organisations.

Civil Society Scholar Awards

Deadline: March 29, 2019

The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources that enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region. Civil Society Scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to research or other engagement with local communities, to furthering debates on challenging societal questions, and to strengthening critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields.

Nominations for the World of Children Award

Deadline: March 31, 2019

World of Children provides funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating only the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.

Award benefits include a minimum $75,000 multi-year cash grant provided to the individual’s organization, media and educational opportunities, and recognition at the Awards Ceremony & Benefit in New York City in November 2019.

The Nordic Africa Institute Scholarship Programme

Deadline: April 1, 2019

The scholarship programme is directed at postdoctoral researchers based in Africa and engaged in Africa-oriented research within the disciplines of Social Sciences and Humanities. The applicant should be affiliated to an African university/research center and have a proven track record of extensive research experience. The Institute strives to achieve a fair distribution of scholarship positions in regards to gender and geographic focus.

International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Violence Across the Lifespan

Deadline: May 1, 2019.

EVAWI is inviting workshop proposals for our 2020 International Conference. Our conference promotes innovative techniques, unique approaches, and promising practices in responding to gender-based violence.

We are seeking proposals from workshop presenters that meet our mission and the conference objectives, which are to:

  • Improve responses to victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, and other gender-based crimes
  • Enhance collaboration among criminal justice and community professionals through a multidisciplinary approach
  • Improve the investigation and prosecution of those who perpetrate gender-based violence
  • Promote effective prevention and risk reduction programs

Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program

Deadline: September 15, 2019

The U.S. Embassy Harare Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.  This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding requests.  Please carefully follow all instructions below. 

Anzisha Prize

Deadline: October, 2019

The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s biggest award for her youngest entrepreneurs, and hands out over USD $100,000 every year in funding to entrepreneurs from all over the continent. Entrepreneurs like Issam Darui from Morocco and Satta Wahab from Liberia. If you believe that you could be one of these entrepreneurs then watch the video below and download the application guide to see if you are eligible for the prize!