Funding Opportunities For African Businesses

  1. Special Grant for Covid-19 Research Program

The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has launched a call for proposals for the Special Grant for COVID-19 Research 2022 to ensure priority COVID-19 related research is supported through a small grants scheme.


  • Health-related scientists, researchers and scholars based in countries of the Region are encouraged to submit proposals. While postgraduate students are not encouraged to submit research proposals on their own, they could support teams of investigators, accordingly.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Health related scientists, researchers and scholars based in EMR countries are encouraged to submit proposals.
  • Individuals and Institutions

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  1. USAID Youth Excel: Our Knowledge Leading Change Program Grant Competition

As a USAID New Partnerships Initiative Award, Youth Excel conducts grant competitions to offer funding opportunities for local organizations to test and adapt contextualized solutions for a global, cross-sectoral problem through youth-led “research-to-change” (implementation research) approaches.

Funding Information

You can cost your activities and research and learning using the following recommendations for the 3-6 month project timeframe and $7,000 – $10,000 funding range.

Eligible Countries

Location: countries where USAID has presence around the globe, subject to mission concurrence. At least 1 award is anticipated in each of 5 global regions.

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  1. Fetisov Journalism Awards 2022

The Fetisov Journalism Awards (FJA) is now open for outstanding journalists from all over the world who change the world for the better with their groundbreaker stories. The winners of the Fetisov Journalism Awards are outstanding journalists from all over the world who change the world for the better with their groundbreaking stories. The Awards give greater publicity to inspiring reportings made by the talented journalists from around the world.

Funding Information

  • The total prize fund: is CHF520,000. Three winners in each category share a monetary prize of 130,000 CHF (including taxes, as stipulated by the legislation in force):
  • The first prize winner: receives 100,000 CHF and a unique silver statuette designed and handcrafted in Switzerland.
  • The second prize winner: receives 20,000 CHF.
  • The third prize winner: receives 10,000 CHF.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entries are open to professional journalists, i.e. representatives of the media, professional journalism organizations (unions/associations/societies) and freelance journalists.
  • Self-nominations are allowed.
  • Maximum of 3 (three) reports/series of reports from one journalism organization/media platform can be nominated for participation in the contest.
  • The submission form may be filled out by a representative of a registered organization/media platform nominating another journalist or by a nominee. Information must be provided in English.
  • One entry (one report or a series of reports) from one person/one team of authors is accepted.

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  1. UNESCO Call for Partnerships: Global Media Defence Fund

 UNESCO is seeking applications for its Global Media Defence Fund to support the undertaking or upscaling of projects that bolster journalists’ legal protection and/or enhance media freedom by advancing.

Funding Information

The 2022 Call for Partnerships of the Global Media Defence Fund will make nearly USD $1.4 million available in financial grants, ranging from a minimum USD $15,000 to a maximum of $35,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Within the framework of this Call for Partnerships, UNESCO seeks joint action with implementation partners.
  • Implementation partners are entities with a not-for-profit status to which UNESCO entrusts partially or fully the implementation of programs or projects specified in a signed document (an Implementations Partners Agreement or IPA), along with the assumption of full responsibility and accountability for the effective use of resources and the delivery of outputs as set forth in such a document.
  • The partner receives funding through UNESCO to deliver the program or project but most provide its own “added value” in terms of a monetary or in-kind contribution.

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  1. UNDP: Tadamon Accelerator Program for CSOs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the Tadamon Accelerator Program for civil society organizations (CSOs) driving social impact through innovation, funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and implemented by UNDP Europe and Central Asia. The Tadamon Accelerator uses the BOOST Accelerator methodology, launched by UNDP in 2020, and brings this innovative accelerator to CSOs that are part of the Tadamon Community. Their goal is to leverage this successful experience and offer an innovation acceleration programme to Tadamon Members.

Funding Information

The maximum number and amount of grants is communicated when launching the Tadamon Accelerator open call. Total grant value of US$ 460,000 to be distributed by UNDP in the following format, based on performance and final pitches of participating CSO, starting from US$ 10.000 up to US$ 40.000:

  • First 3 get US$40,000 = US$ 120,000
  • 3 get US$ 30,000 = US$ 90,000
  • 6 get US$ 20,000 = US$ 120,000
  • 13 get US$ 10,000 = US$ 130,000

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  1. Smart Logistics Challenges

 Applications for DIGILOGIC Challenges are now open to individuals with innovative ideas to address smart logistics challenges in Africa. The challenge is to:

  • Participate in a 3-day Bootcamp in Europe with relevant experts.
  • Enjoy 12 months of support (85 hours) from technology, business and logistics experts from Europe and Africa.
  • Have 12 months of access to Digital Innovation Hubs facilities in Africa and Europe (up to 85 hours)
  • Enjoy marketing support to meet investors and uptakers.


Successful proposals will participate in a 12-month program beginning with a three-day boot camp, which is followed by:

  • Up to 85 hours of access to Digital Innovation Hubs’ (DIH) facilities in Africa and Europe.
  • Up to 85 hours of tailored mentoring/coaching/peer support
  • Opportunities to connect with innovation networks and large companies.

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  1. Action Grants in the Field of Prevention of Irregular Migration

 The European Commission (EC) has announced a call for proposals for EU action grants in the field of prevention or irregular migration and countering migrant smuggling under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).


The general objective of the call is to contribute to the change of perceptions and behavior of third country nationals pondering to irregularly migrate to the EU and of key influencers of their decisions (e.g. families, religious or community leaders, teachers, returning migrants, providers of services facilitating migration).

Funding Information

The available call budget is EUR 8,000,000

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  1. FATE Foundation Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme: Digital (AEP Digital) for Aspiring Nigerian Entrepreneurs

FATE Foundation in partnership with Meta launches the 5th edition of the “Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme: Digital (AEP Digital)” which is targeted at startup Founders with innovative business ideas between the ages of 25 and 45 years. The Program lverages on FATE Foundation’s AEP’s unrivaled enterprise development curriculum which covers the basics of starting and growing a successful business in Nigeria and Meta’s digital strategy and literacy programming support for small and growing businesses.

In 2022, FATE Foundation would be supporting 240 Aspiring Entrepreneurs from across different sectors in the Nigerian Economy with special consideration for entrepreneurs in the Education, Agriculture, Hospitality & Tourism, Creatives.

Key Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Business Model Development/Review Strategies
  • Digital Marketing Strategies & Knowledge
  • Financial Literacy and Cashflow Management
  • Business Financing Strategies
  • Insights into relevant local and industry networks/business groups
  • Access to Free Digital Tools and Platforms
  • Facebook Ad Credits for Winners of the state level/national Pitch Competition
  • Access to FATE Foundation’s Business Advisory and Support Services
  • Access to Funding and Market Linkages


To be eligible, you must:

  • Between 25 – 45 years old
  • Computer Literate
  • Have Access to a Laptop or Data-Enabled Device
  • Have already registered and launched a business
  • Have graduated from an Accredited Tertiary Level Institution
  • Must be able to participate all through the required programme duration.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the FATE Foundation Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme Digital (AEP Digital)

  1. Idea Lab Incubator Program 2022 for Social Entrepreneurs

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (AMSE) is now accepting applications from aspiring social entrepreneurs worldwide for the first round of its Idea Lab incubator, a new program that extends the reach of the ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) hardware accelerator platform. Idea Lab is open to individuals and teams who have identified a pressing social and/or environmental challenge they think could be addressed through a hardware-led innovation.


  • An initial cohort of Idea Lab candidates will be engaged in the program for six to 18 months, depending on their stage of development, technical knowledge, and required mentorships.
  • They will receive a range of benefits, including guidance through the design process, expert mentorship and assessment, access to design services, design and engineering software/tools, and funding to cover prototyping expenses.
  • Candidates expect to spend an average of two to four hours per week split between flexible scheduled meetings and self-paced learning modules.
  • Mentors include industry professionals with expertise in research, design, engineering, business development, and more. Idea Lab candidates will work closely with Engineering for Change Fellows who will guide them through their technology development journey.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Idea Lab Incubator Program 2022

  1. Scottish Documentary Institute Connecting Stories 2022 for documentary filmmakers from developing countries

 Applications are open for the second season of the international mentorship scheme, Connecting Stories, run with the support of British Council and in collaboration with In-Docs. Aiming to support underrepresented creative voices, Connecting Stories is a year-long programme for documentary filmmakers developing their first or second feature film, from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

It combines seminars exploring various aspects of the industry, including the development and production of feature films, individual mentorship sessions, and masterclasses with international key players in the current documentary landscape. It also includes a filmmaker’s grant of £1,000 for each selected participant.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Scottish Documentary Institute Connecting Stories 2022

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