Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities For African Businesses

  1. CFAs Open for the Inaugural AU Media Fellowship

Application for the inaugural African Union Media Fellowship is now open. The fellowship is aimed at experienced journalists who seek to make a change in reporting on Africa, raising awareness and breaking stereotypes.

Fellowship Programme

The Fellowship programme will kick-off with a study tour and capacity building workshops. The 20 selected fellows will benefit from direct access to various African Union leadership, and have the opportunity for on-the-ground reporting on the AU’s work around the agenda 2063 strategic aspirations.

What Do Fellows Receive?

  • International Study Trips and exposure
  • Certified workshops and webinars with renowned international partners such as Deutsche Welle, BBC Media Action, Hass-Plattner-Institute, the AU, and international media houses
  • Access to AU leadership and policy makers and network with other Fellows
  • Support from Senior Mentors and Institutions
  • Fellows awarded grants to enable them to produce detailed stories

Eligibility Criteria

  • The AU Media Fellowship is open to journalists, bloggers, vloggers, content creators, and podcasters living on the continent or the diaspora.
  • Fellows must be actively involved in innovative media either as a journalist or related field of work for at least three years with a demonstrable impact – driven track record.
  • All applicants for the AU Media Fellowship must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience or in a related field.

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  1. Future of Work Africa 2022

The Village Capital, in partnership with Moody’s Foundation is seeking applications for Future of Work 2022 to support entrepreneurs across Africa that are building for-profit, market-based solutions in education, employment, and benefits that could help young people in Sub-Saharan Africa, better prepare for the future of work, access more and better employment opportunities, and build careers.

Future of Work 2022 is looking to support 45 startups across the region with investment readiness training through: a core cohort of 10-12 startups, and an expanded cohort of 33-35 startups featuring self-guided training, extensive virtual support and engagement with mentors. The program supports impact-focused startups leveraging highly sensitive data to improve the quality, and access to digital, financial and healthcare services.

Benefits Startups will receive

  • Connections
  • Mentorship
  • Training
  • Advice
  • Exposure

Eligibility Criteria

Ventures must address unemployment through the following:

  • Technical, professional, upskilling or reskilling programs
  • Testing and credentialing programs
  • New approaches to apprenticeship or employment matching such as gig, job matching and distributed manufacturing platforms
  • Financial health for informal workers, and/or
  • Edtech for post-secondary and tertiary institutions

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  1. Small Grants Programme on Plastic Waste

The Basel & Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre has announced a Small Grant Program (SGP) on Plastic Waste to improve the management of plastic waste in partner countries and thus contribute towards preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution.

Funding Information

  • Budgets range from ca. USD 65,000 to USD 180,000.
  • Funding has been provided by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the Government of Norway.

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  1. IDRC-FCDO Call for Concept Notes: Climate Adaptation and Resilience 

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) are pleased to announce a call for concept notes under the Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CLARE) initiative.

Funding Information

There are two sizes of funding available for this call. Smaller projects for grants up to CAD 1.5 million, and larger projects for grants between CAD 6-8 million. Project duration will not exceed 42 months.

Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • This call is open to projects involving activities in African or Asian-Pacific countries
  • An organization may participate in more than one concept note, yet an individual principal investigator may only lead on one project.
  • This call is open to projects that are gender and inclusion-sensitive, gender and inclusion-responsive or gender and inclusion-transformative.
  • Proposals that are gender-blind will not be considered eligible.

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  1. 2022 International Cooperation Social Call for Proposals

The “la Caixa” Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 International to announce the 2022 International Cooperation Social call to fight against poverty and inequalities, focusing action mainly on the most vulnerable individuals and families, with the aim of contributing to improving their living conditions and facilitating comprehensive development and social inclusion processes.

This call is aimed at generating opportunities to tackle poverty and contribute towards the fight against inequalities in countries with lower rates of development in Africa, Asia and Latin America, through projects implemented by Spanish NGOs in collaboration with local partners in the recipient countries.

Funding Information

  • Projects submitted to this call may apply for grants for an amount of up to €50,000
  • The requested amount must be linked to the execution of a project with a duration of up to 12 months.
  • The amount requested may not exceed 75% of the total cost of the project. In the event that the project is selected, the entity undertakes to contribute at least 25% of the total cost of the project, regardless of the amount of aid granted.
  • This contribution may be made by another co-financier, the local partner, etc., remaining excluded from the calculation possible contributions from the final beneficiary groups of the project.

Eligibility Criteria

The following types of organizations can apply for the call:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Social economy organization that specifically state in their Articles of Association that their goal is to promote international development aid.
  • These organizations must be legally incorporated and recorded in the corresponding register, domiciled in Spain and have the institutional goal of carrying out activities connected with international development aid.
  • The organizations must have a local partner in the country where the project is to take place.

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  1. Grants for Civil Society and NGOs

In the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent, OHCHR is inviting proposals to support projects of civil society and non-government organizations that aim at promoting and protecting the human rights of people of African descent through the IDPAD grant scheme.

Also Read: Funding Opportunities For African Businesses

Funding Information

The IDPAD grant scheme is for a maximum duration of 12 months and the amount requested from OHCHR for the implementation of the project cannot exceed 15,000 USD.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The IDPAD grant scheme provides financial support to projects that aim at promoting and protecting the human rights of people of African descent worldwide.
  • Each organization can submit only one application under each call for proposals. They give priority to applications submitted by small and grassroot organizations.

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  1. Nigeria Media Innovation Program (NAMIP)

Applications are now open for the Nigeria Media Innovation Program (NAMIP) to support the editorial independence of media organisations by strengthening their financial sustainability. The Innovation Challenge is seeking applications from media organisations that are building innovative news and information products that:

Explore opportunities to reach and connect with broader audiences through digital platforms and technologies: or

Develop new revenue generation opportunities or sustainable business models?


  • Winners will be awarded up to $50,000 for their project and join NAMIP’s three-year innovation and capacity-building program.
  • Successful applicants will benefit from up to $50,000 for their project and have access to a range of capacity-building activities, including mentorship and training, as well as joining NAMIP’s supportive community of like-minded organisations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You could be an existing independent media company, a non-profit, or a new venture that is just kicking off.
  • They are looking for mission-driven companies and organizations passionate about trying new approaches to local news and information.
  • They encourage applicants who do not have traditional journalism and media backgrounds, particularly from the areas of technology, design, and business.

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  1. ADWF’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is inviting applications for the 2022 Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence on “Young women-led approaches to addressing digital/online safety for women and girls”.

AWDF will consider applications from women’s groups and organizations, particularly those led by young women or girls, to educate, raise awareness and increase online safety and enjoyment, and prevent online violence and abuse against young women and girls.

Funding Information

This call for proposals for small grants of no more than $2,000 is open to African women led organizations with budgets of under USD100,000

Eligibility Criteria

AWDF welcomes applications from organizations led by marginalized groups of women and girls, including women and girls living with disabilities, refugees and migrants, women living with HIV and AIDS, and young feminists, among others. They will prioritize work that is creative and which employs innovative approaches that contribute to making online spaces safe and enjoyable for young women and girls.

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  1. 2022 World AIDS Day Grant to reduce HIV-related Stigma

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is pleased to announce the World AIDS Day 2022 grant call to support work under “Employing technology to reduce HIV-related stigma and new infections among young women”. To contribute to the creation of safe, accessible digital spaces, AWDF invites applications from women-led organizations and women’s groups for work using digital technologies such as mobile phones, social media and online apps to address stigma discrimination against women living with HIV, and to facilitate access to treatment and services.

Funding Information

This call for proposals for small grants of no more than $2,000 is open to African women led organizations with budgets of under USD100,000

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  1. MSIF Du Pré Grant 2022 for MS Researches and Clinicians from low and middle-income countries

The MSIF Du Pré Grant enables multiple sclerosis researchers and clinicians from low and middle-income countries to make short visits (up to six months) to established MS research centres, outside of their own country. Visits may last between two and six months. Each grant is up to a maximum of £6,000 GBP, to cover the cost of travel and living expenses or to top up an existing grant to extend a visit.

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates must:

  • Be educated to post graduate level (at least MSc, but preferably PhD/MD) in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Be citizens of low-or-middle-income country (all countries with a low, or lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank)
  • Focus their research proposal in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis

Candidates must also be in one of the following situations:

  • Working or studying in a low-or-middle-income country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank) at the time of nomination
  • Working or studying in another country on a project which started within the six months prior to nomination
  • Studying in another country on a project supported by an MS International Federation grant

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the MSIF Du Pré Grant 2022

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