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.

The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program

Deadline: February 28, 2019

From government, to civil society, to the private sector and beyond, the Obama Foundation is looking for changemakers who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good within their sphere of influence and have clear potential for impact and commitment to integrity.

Those selected as Obama Foundation Africa Leaders become members of a dedicated and self-sustaining community of changemakers that spans the African continent. Leaders are committed to ongoing learning and peer mentoring through in-person gatherings and robust online engagement. Those who are selected to participate in the program will need to be in Johannesburg, South Africa from July 10 through July 15, 2019.

AIMS NEI Fellowship Program for Women in Climate Change Science

Deadline: February 28, 2019

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS NEI) is pleased to invite interested female scientists to apply for the second round of the AIMS NEI Fellowships for Women in Climate Change Science (WiCCS). Climate change – including global warming – poses significant threats to humanity. Documented impacts of global warming include an increased frequency and severity of heatwaves across the globe and frequent droughts, both of which exacerbate food insecurity and health problems in many parts of the world, particularly in Africa.

The AIMS NEI Fellowship Program for Women in Climate Change Science (WiCCS) seeks to increase women’s participation in, and contribution to, to a more sustainable societal response to climate change.

Call for YouthLead Ambassadors – Apply Now!

Deadline: February 28, 2019

YouthLead is announcing its new YouthLead Ambassador activities for young changemakers. We seek a self-directed and motivated youth with a proven track record in mobilizing other young changemakers and youth in the course of their change making activities.
Who Are YouthLead Ambassadors?
YouthLead Ambassadors are local changemakers with a proven track record in mobilizing other young changemakers and youth in the course of their change making activities. Applicants need to have demonstrated that they can mobilize youth. As well as tech-savvy to navigate and post on the YouthLead platform and have a basic understanding of social media tools (Facebook and Twitter). (Applicants need to have a profile on YouthLead).

Join our Editorial Team

Deadline: March 1, 2019.

Philanthropy Circuit is soliciting contributors for its new editorial team launching 1 March 2019. The Editorial Team will be a body ofexperts who curate critical information about philanthropy in Africa, changing the narrative about giving in the continent.

We are looking for contributors who can write analytical and engaging articles that serve as authoritative/definitive subject-matter guides to practitioners or to individuals interested in topics related to African philanthropy.

To be considered for this opportunity, apply here by Wednesday 27 February 2019.

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.

AmplifyChange @ Women Deliver 2019 Opportunity grant

Deadline: March 5, 2019.

This Opportunity grant will fund projects that will support movement building for SRHR. We will support new ideas to sustain and scale up established movements or support the creation and growth of nascent movements. The movement building work should contribute to successful advocacy campaigns to advance SRHR.

A shortlist of five (5) finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas live in front of a panel of SRHR expert judges during the final day of the Women Deliver conference on 6 June 2019. We will review the proposals using similar criteria to what we normally use (including the relevance of the proposed project, the potential to make sustainable impact, and the organisational profile and capacity). Due to the nature of the event, we are looking for confident, passionate advocates who aren’t afraid of public speaking.

Opportunities at African Philanthropy Forum (APF)

Deadline: March 8, 2019.

This Opportunity grant will fund projects that will support movement building for SRHR. We will support new ideas to sustain and scale up established movements or support the creation and growth of nascent movements. The movement building work should contribute to successful advocacy campaigns to advance SRHR.

A shortlist of five (5) finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas live in front of a panel of SRHR expert judges during the final day of the Women Deliver conference on 6 June 2019. We will review the proposals using similar criteria to what we normally use (including the relevance of the proposed project, the potential to make sustainable impact, and the organisational profile and capacity). Due to the nature of the event, we are looking for confident, passionate advocates who aren’t afraid of public speaking.

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.

Youth Think Tank

Deadline: March 17, 2019

The Youth Think Tank (YTT) is a research group made up of young people from the Foundation’s networks. In partnership with Restless Development, it trains and mentors young people to conduct research, collect evidence, and document youth needs, challenges, and aspirations. Each year, a new cohort conducts research in their communities and makes recommendations based on their findings. Research is focused on key issues that affect youth. The YTT was launched in 2012, and since then, it has grown to 58 researchers from seven countries across the continent.


Deadline: March 17, 2019

The Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU) and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights are calling for applications from lawyers and civil society organizations based in East Africa to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the protection of civic space. The litigation surgery will be held in Arusha, Tanzania between 1-2 May 2019. All applicants are required to submit a current or potential case involving the protection of civic space for discussion and workshopping.

The application deadline is 17 March 2019. To apply, please complete the online application form available here.

Nominate a young changemaker for the Children’s Peace Prize 2019!

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights. Winning the International Children’s Peace Prize puts your changemaker in news headlines around the world. Last year, the winners’ message reached more than 1, 2 billion people!

Nominate your changemaking candidate now! Last year we received 121 nominations from 45 countries around the world. We are looking for young changemakers between 12 and 17 years around the world. The nomination process is simple, but please make sure to check the requirements beforehand.

US Embassy Grant in Zimbabwe

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.

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.

Young Entrepreneur Challenge Fund

Deadline: March 21, 2019

Through the Young Entrepreneur Challenge Fund, Access Agriculture is requesting young people to propose innovative ideas to make a business, or expand their existing business, around the dissemination of agricultural videos. Through this competitive grant, the most inspiring and promising young entrepreneurs will receive a Digisoft smart projector. This projector has an in-built computer and contains the entire Access Agriculture library with over 200 videos in more than 75 international and local languages. The smart projector comes with a battery and a portable solar panel, so videos can be shown without the internet or electricity.

By building on the ICT skills and networks of young men and women, we believe we can better train farmers and make agriculture more attractive to youth and reach more women.


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.

Circular Economy Programme Application

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Apply for the first in a series of circular economy learning offerings and join a global community of circular economy practitioners. This unique, free-to-learn programme has been designed to include a collaborative online phase and an exclusive four-day immersive workshop in London. Completing these two initial phases will lead to you shaping your role as an Ellen MacArthur Foundation circular economy pioneer.

Become a 2019 ONE Champion in Nigeria

Deadline: March 31, 2019

ONE in Nigeria is recruiting for its 4th cohort of the ONE Champions Program. This is a voluntary program where ONE will recruit, train, and support 50 emerging leaders between 18-35 years of age who will champion causes ONE supports at the grassroots, state and federal level in Nigeria. ONE advocates and campaigns on education, health, agriculture and transparency as a means to fight poverty with focus on gender and youth.

Youth and Peacebuilding Consultation: Call for applications

Deadline: March 31, 2019

The aim of the consultation is to provide participants an opportunity for:

  • Shared learning amongst experts from a range of backgrounds, including young peacebuilders, local experts, practitioners, researchers, academics and civil society organisations.
  • Drawing out the experiences, analysis, and recommendations of local youth-led peacebuilding organisations on the role of youth in peacebuilding.
  • Furthering the understanding of the relationship between youth and peacebuilding.
  • Contributing to the discussions, policies, and practice on youth-led peacebuilding of international stakeholders, including at the UN-level.

In collaboration with a group of participants, Peace Direct will produce a report for publication, intended to share knowledge from the consultation.

Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ UGCS 

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ UGCS is offering funding for locally based projects in the different fields of art and culture. Three selected applicants will receive 2.000.000 UGX to implement their project in the course of 2019. Please follow the rules and regulations for application below.

This call for projects targets the following disciplines:

  • Visual Arts
  • Performance Art
  • Photography
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Digital Arts
  • Film/ Video Art
  • Literature
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Poetry/Spoken Word
  • Music

Impact Makers and Creators

Deadline: April 1, 2019

Impact Makers and Creators is a fully-funded, three-month business accelerator for ideation-and-growth-stage social and creative entrepreneurs.

The programme will support entrepreneurs to build their businesses, make their impact sustainable and reach wider communities and beneficiaries through their work.

Impact Makers and Creators is an ambitious programme that will work with 120 Ideation-and Growth-Stage social and creative entrepreneurs in Cape Town and Johannesburg and support them in building their social and creative businesses, make their impact sustainable and reach wider communities and beneficiaries through their work.

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.

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development 

Deadline: April 2, 2019

Are you part of a small and growing eco-inclusive enterprise that continues to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to your target markets? The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Each year, multiple award categories are offered, ranging from country- or region-specific awards to SEED Low Carbon Award Winners and SEED Gender Equality Award Winners.

The SEED Awards 2019 are now open for applications. Apply now to take your enterprise to the next level. Up to 66 prize packages will be awarded to locally-driven and early-stage enterprises, which leverage their innovative business solutions to solve social and environmental challenges across Africa and Asia.

Registration for Code Jam 2019 is open

Deadline: April 5, 2019

Code Jam is back for its 16th year! Join the Code Jam community and take on a series of challenging algorithmic puzzles designed by Google engineers. You’ll have a chance to earn the coveted title of Code Jam Champion and win 15,000 USD at the World Finals. Do you have what it takes?

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Audio/visual reporting grants & Investigative reporting grants

Deadline: April 14, 2019

The Africa-China Reporting Project (the Project) at Wits Journalism and partner China House are inviting journalists to submit proposals for two opportunities: Africa-China audio/visual reporting grants or investigative reporting grants with total budgets of around US$3,000 per grant. See How to apply below and Potential focus areas in the appendix for examples of previous topics.

The Project provides capacity building and facilitation in the form of reporting grants, workshops and other opportunities for journalists to investigate complex dynamics and uncover untold stories. The Project encourages journalists to emphasize on-the-ground impact and perspectives to illustrate how the lives of the people of Africa are changing amid the comprehensive phenomenon of Africa-China interactions (more about the Africa-China Reporting Project).

Skills Initiative for Africa

Deadline: April 15, 2019

SIFA is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC) supported by the German Government to strengthen occupational prospects of young people in Africa.
To begin with eight countries have been selected as pilot countries – Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia.

SIFA finances skills development projects in several African countries. Projects should contribute to employment-oriented skills development for young people.

Supporting Intercultural Dialogue for Social Cohesion in Urban Africa

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Culture at Work Africa is looking to support innovative on-the-ground projects aiming at developing safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue and at promoting active citizenship and intercommunity relations. Projects will seek sustainable outputs and will foster multi-stakeholder national and transregional cooperation, inclusive societies, cultural diversity and equal dignity for all.

The Adobe Awards

Deadline: April 17, 2019

The Adobe Awards are open to all aspiring young creators who are over the age of 18. Adobe tools must have contributed to the creation of your entry.

Career art and design professionals are NOT eligible to enter the Adobe Awards. If you have professional experience and training in any creative field that puts you at a distinct advantage over students and emerging creators, your entry will be disqualified.

For the full list of competition eligibility criteria and more details on judging, refer to the official rules.

New FemBioBiz Acceleration Program: call for applications

Deadline: April 20, 2019

Hivos, SANBio and partners are looking for ambitious women leaders in green a/o agri-food related businesses. Women who want to grow their business through an acceleration program, and gain regional exposure and access to international markets. Participants stand a chance to win prizes in their countries, attend the SA Innovation Summit, and enjoy additional opportunities in and outside of the continent.

The program targets both women business owners who already run a company, as well as entrepreneurial students with exciting business ideas involving agri-food, health, (bio)waste, natural beauty products or nutrition. Innovation is particularly important, and both formal and informal businesses are welcome to apply.

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant

Deadline: April 20, 2019

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Our headquarters is in Dakar and we have country offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.

OSIWA supports innovative interventions with effective strategies that respond to the broader deep-seated political, justice and socio-economic roadblocks to open society in West Africa. We seek to seize new opportunities and deploy novel methods, including technology and the arts, to address open society challenges.

Global Giving Accelerator

Deadline: April 26, 2019

The GlobalGiving Accelerator is a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that will help you take your fundraising to the next level. Following an optional one-week training curriculum, you’ll be entered into an Accelerator campaign where you’ll raise at least $5,000 total from a minimum of 40 different donors in order to graduate and secure a permanent fundraising spot on the GlobalGiving platform.

Any registered nonprofit (anywhere in the world!) is eligible to apply. We’ll support you as you reach out to your own networks, and tell your story in new and compelling ways. Donors can give in USD or GBP, helping you reach your supporters in the US, the UK, and beyond. We’ll also provide matching incentives for your donors, and bonus prizes for the most successful participants.

Call for Applications: West Africa Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

Deadline: April 28, 2019

MLDI is calling for applications from English-speaking lawyers based in countries that are members of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the Republic of Cameroon to participate in a practical litigation workshop on the right to freedom of expression, digital rights and the internet.

Successful applicants will be funded to attend the litigation surgery in early July in Accra, Ghana. After completing the training, attendees will also become active members of a digital rights legal network through which there will be opportunity for engagement regionally and internationally.


Deadline: April 30, 2019

This Call is therefore for African innovators to submit their relevant ICT based education innovations that are being successfully applied in African education systems. The innovator may be an individual or an organization, including government, non-government and for-profit agencies.

Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2019

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2019 Call for Submissions for ICT in Education Innovations Theme: Harnessing the Capacity of ICT to ensure Inclusion, Quality and Impact in Education and Training in Africa

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

Future Leaders Connect – The global network for emerging policy leaders

Deadline: May 6, 2019.

Your chance to connect to a long-term network of emerging leaders from around the globe, who want to change the world through policy making.

As a member of Future Leaders Connect, you will travel to the UK for ten days of advanced policy and leadership development programme at leading institutions. You will discuss today’s biggest global challenges in the UK Houses of Parliament, meet inspirational leaders and the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Following your time in the UK you will have worldwide connections, a policy action plan for change and the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an influential leader in your country and beyond.

Kaduna Digital Entrepreneurship Incubation Program (KAD-DIP)

Deadline: May 12, 2019.

Kaduna Digital Entrepreneurship Incubation Program aims to nurture digital entrepreneurship and create opportunities in Kaduna State by equipping entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge required to start and grow their digital enterprises. The program provides training, mentorship, peer learning and access to partnerships and investors to innovative entrepreneurs.  Participants in the program will be guided and nurtured through a series of activities designed to help idea stage and young entrepreneurs find their footing and grow.

African Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum

Deadline: May 15, 2019.

Each year the AWIEF Awards recognise, honour and celebrate Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners in Africa and across industry sectors, for their economic performance and contribution to Africa’s growth and social development. AWIEF salutes these women for their passion and determination in making a difference in their countries and on the continent.

The AWIEF Awards cover emerging and established entrepreneurship in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Pioneers or not, AWIEF Awards candidates are women who have demonstrated outstanding vision and inspiration, and have overcome challenges to make a significant social impact and/or become successful in their businesses along AWIEF’s core areas of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and socio-economic development

Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East 2019

Deadline: May 30, 2019.

The contest aims to reward the best innovative and socially responsible business projects in Africa and the Middle East. This 9th edition unfolds in two phases: first the candidates participate to a national competition, then an international jury gives a grand prize to the best national winners. At both the national and international step, the viewers of this site can vote to add a name to the jury shortlist. Registration starts on Monday, 4th of March 2019.

The Maypole Fund

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Grants from the Maypole Fund have contributed to a wide range of activities. So far, Maypole money has helped with printing leaflets, mounting exhibitions and making videos.

Here is a very specific example out of very many:

  • a Maypole grant helped to finance legal costs for women arrested for opposing British arms sales to the Indonesian government to use against East Timor.

Deadlines for funding applications are: 31 January and 30 June of each year.

Join the Movement and create a Peaceful and Sustainable World!

Deadline: 31 July, 2019

This global platform empowers young entrepreneurs (age 15-35) from around the world to engage in a more peaceful world. Participants are invited to submit their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact, which champion and implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

2019 Emerald African Management Research Fund Award

Deadline: 30th August, 2019

Call for African management research proposals

Emerald and AFAM (Africa Academy of Management), in association with INASP and the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), are delighted to offer a research grant for an African project in the field of management research. The award will offer £2,500 (approximately US$4,000 equivalent) to fund the winning research project.

Applications should address the following theme: Fostering a research culture driven by growth and sustainability in Africa.

Reimagine Education Conference & Awards

Deadline: 1st September, 2019

Reimagine Education is a global competition rewarding innovative approaches aimed at enhancing student learning outcomes and employability, offering $50,000 in funding to the overall winner/s and 16 ‘Oscars’ of Education. It culminates in an international conference for all those seeking to shape the future of education.

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!

Volvo Environment Prize

Deadline: January 2020

The span of disciplines and activities for which nominations can be made is wide and includes all disciplines which have relevance to the environment. The research of nominees should be based on scientific grounds but must clearly show impacts outside of the specific discipline.