Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities For African Businesses

1.   Global Ambassadors Program (GAP)

 The Vital Voices Global partnership is seeking applications for its Global Ambassadors Program (GAP), that is designed for women leaders of purpose-driven businesses, social enterprises and non-profit organizations – providing mentorship, training and a network of support to help grow your organization and your personal development. The program includes one-on-one mentoring sessions and strategic workshops focused on building organizational management, financial acumen and leadership skills. The program is a partnership between Vital Voices, a leading NGO in women’s leadership and development and Bank of America, based on a shared belief in the need to invest in women who are creating economic and social progress around the world. They are delighted to announce that their 21st Global Ambassadors Program will take place in Washington D.C., USA from Monday 17th through Thursday 20th October 2022, and will focus on addressing the ongoing needs and challenges facing women leaders of purpose-driven businesses, social enterprises and non-profit organizations from around the world.


What you will receive

·         Four day in-person training program in Washington DC from Monday 17th through Thursday 20th October, 2022, including:

·         Strategic Planning for Business Growth

·         Financial Management and Access to Capital

·         Human Resource Management

·         Communications workshops including Social & Digital Media and Public Speaking

·         A 1:1 mentoring relationship with an established woman executive

·         Inclusion in the Vital Voices network of more than 20,000 women from 184 countries and territories around the world

·         Opportunity for cross-cultural exchange with women from around the globe

·         Opportunities for your business/organization to be profiled via digital channels, social media and in earned media coverage.


·         A woman leader of a purpose-driven business, social enterprise or non-profit organization who is the key decision maker in the organization and manages it on a day-to-day basis.

·         A minimum of 10 years of experience in a professional setting.

·         Proficient in English.

·         Demonstrate a commitment to the core principles of the “Vital Voices Leadership Model” – Innovative, collaborative, and driven by a clear sense of mission; engaged in their communities and are committed to advancing the status of women and girls.

·         Demonstrate high-potential for leadership and a desire to take on leadership roles both within and outside their companies.

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2.   UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Person

 The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has launched its Sub-Sab-grant Programme 2 of the sixth Call for Proposals to provide essential humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking in persons through established channels of assistance.


This Call for Proposals takes into consideration the importance of harnessing all available resources towards the implementation of activities aimed at meeting the objectives of this Grants programme. The main objectives of this Grants programme are:

·         To provide direct assistance and protection to vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons.

·         To improve health and well-being, facilitate social integration and prevent re-trafficking amongst vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons.

Funding Information

·         Proposals with budgets up to USD 60,000 will be considered for award.

·         Duration: All activities financed by this sub-programme must be implemented within 24 months.

This is a global call for proposals. Projects to be implemented in origin, transit and destination countries will all be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

·         Be a non-profit making organization (CSOs including NGOs, CBOs) registered not later than 1 July, 2020 under the relevant Laws of the country where it is registered and, in the country, where the proposed project will be implemented;

·         Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, i.e., not acting as an intermediary;

·         Demonstrate prior experience of at least two (2) years implementing activities in the area of direct assistance to victims of trafficking in persons in line with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime or in providing other services to vulnerable populations including IDPs and forcibly displaced persons;

·         Complete registration in the UN Partner Portal (UNPP) with a valid Partner ID;

·         Have a bank account in the organization’s name;

·         Take all appropriate measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse.

For more information, visit


3.   Fondation Botnar TYPCities Research Call

The Fondation Botnar is inviting applicants to submit research proposals as part of the new interdisciplinary research program: ‘Technology and youth participation in governing intermediary cities in LMICs’ (TYPCities). The program will run for three years (2023 – 2026). TYPCities will generate original research analysing how technology can be used to enable youth participation in the governance of intermediary cities in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). The program will produce empirical insights and analytical findings about the role of various technologies in urban governance, based on multi-sited research within and across cities and countries.

Funding Information

The proposals are expected to have a minimum funding volume of CHF 400,000 and a maximum of CHF 1 million, for a duration of three years. The total available amount available for this call is CHF 5 million.

Eligibility Criteria

·         They are inviting proposals from research consortia with a track record of academia excellence in technology, urban and youth studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, political science, and development studies.

·         Applicants should have proven experience in collaborative research partnerships, conducting, and supervising data collection in LMICs, publishing in high-ranking academia outlets, grants management as well as research uptake to policy-makers and practitioners. Universities, think tanks, and research institutions fulfilling these criteria may partner with private sector entities including NGOs and social enterprises as part of their application.

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4.   Youth Innovation Challenge 2022: Tackling Marine Debris

Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) is calling for application from young adults between 15 – 30 years old who have an idea to solve marine debris at the local, national, or regional level. GEEP is looking for solutions that you could implement on your own or in partnership with other individuals or organizations.

How can we clean up our oceans?

The Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC) gives young people (ages 15 – 30) around the world a chance to come up with innovative solutions to a pressing environmental issue affecting the marine ecosystems, using environmental education as a key strategy. Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) is looking for solutions that are innovative, feasible, and informed by research. The Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC) is a program of the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP), a vibrant and inclusive learning network designed to champion environmental education (EE) around the world.


All eligible proposals will be evaluated by a panel of experts working at the intersection of environmental education, community engagement, and marine conservation. A total of 15 YIC finalists will selected and will receive the following benefits:

·         An official YIC finalist certificate

·         Recognition through GEEP, NAAEE, and other global partners’ websites and social media pages

·         They will select 3 winners from the 15 YIC finalists

·         Each winner will receive a $1,000 prize, in addition to all the benefits.

Eligibility Criteria

·         the Youth Innovation Challenge is intended for young leaders and innovators aged 15 – 30.

·         Solutions must be submitted online through Submittable (only one proposal per person or team will be accepted).

·         Proposals will only be accepted in English at this time. Your video and written responses will not be scored based on your English ability, but rather the strength of your solution and your ability to communicate your ideas and vision to the judges.

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5.   GAIN Entrepreneurship Masterclass for Women in Nigeria

Grand Africa Initiative (GAIN) in collaboration with the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc (DBN) calls for application from women entrepreneurs in Nigeria for the program specifically designed to empower women entrepreneurs. This program is designed to equip 200 young women entrepreneurs who would be selected from across Nigeria with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to build and scale their businesses, become economically empowered.

Program Duration: Six weeks

Venue: Online


·         Training by a faculty of experts.

·         Access to mentors.

·         Access to a Unique Community of like minds.

·         Certificate of Participation.

·         Information on how to position your business for financing facility.

Eligibility Criteria

Women entrepreneurs from across Nigeria, with a business or business idea, between 22 to 45 years of age, have a demonstrable interest in business, access to the internet, internet-enabled device, and electricity.

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6.   The 8th Edition of World Water Challenge 2022

Applications are now open for the World Water Challenge 2022, an international contest for water solutions. As a follow up activity of the 7th World Water Forum in 2015, it has been annually held in conjunction with the Korea International Water Week (KIWW), aiming to identify imminent water problems that the world is facing and to find feasible solutions to them. The program is aiming at identification of science, technology and policy-based solutions to imminent water problems. This year, the World Water Challenge 2022 (WWCH 2022) will also take place as one of the signature programs of the Korea International Water Week (KIWW) 2022 coming November in Daegu, Republic of Korea.


Main Topics and Challenges

·         Water and Health

·         Efficient Water Management

·         Resource Recovery from Water and Wastewater System

·         Water and Natural Disasters

·         Smart Water Technologies

·         Ecosystem and Water


·         Winners will be presented with a cash prize and trophy, and they will have the chance to be invited to the WWCH Showcase during the KIWW 2023 and/or the 9th World Water Forum to share their solutions with the experts from all around the world.

·         The Best up to 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 7,600 USD)

·         Outstanding up to 3,000,000 KRW (approx. 2,200 USD)

·         The title of the awards and the amount of prize money are subject to change

·         If there are no qualified solutions for the “THE BEST” prize based on the decision of the evaluation committee, there may not be the winner of the year and/or type of award and prize money may change.

Eligibility Criteria

Anyone (as an individual or on behalf of an organization) who is interested in contributing to resolve water related challenges with creative/applicable solutions is welcome to submit solutions to WWCH 2022’s designated challenges announced.

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7.   Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund

Microsoft is pleased to announce an open call for the Climate Innovation Fund to accelerate technology development and deployment of new climate innovations through equity and debt capital.


Microsoft will primarily deploy this capital in two areas:

·         To accelerate ongoing technology development by investing in project and debt finance, and

·         To invest in new innovations through equity and debt capital.

In addition to this new fund, they will continue to invest in carbon monitoring and modeling projects through the AI for Earth program, which has grown over the past two years to support more than 450 grantees across more than 70 countries.

Funding Information

Climate Innovation Fund will commit to invest $1 billion over the next four years.

The Fund does not have

Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund does not have a mandate to:

·         Provide grants or donations

·         Lead an investment round

·         Take a majority ownership stake in a fund or company

·         Fund publicly traded companies

Eligibility Criteria

Microsoft will focus on areas such as direct carbon removal, digital optimization, advanced energy systems, industrial materials, circular economy, water technologies, sustainable agriculture, and business strategies for nature-based markets.

For more information, visit


8.      The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grant Program

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is seeking applications for its Grant program to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The foundation helps build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field. It prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic area.

Funding Information

There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant size. The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $30,000 are rarely awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

·         The foundation supports most types of non-governmental organizations that can provide evidence of their nongovernmental status or charitable purpose.

·         In general, the foundation will support:

·         Non-governmental organizations (NGO)

·         Nonprofit organizations

·         Civil society organizations

·         Community-based organizations

·         Colleges, universities and academic institutions

·         The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies, humanitarian aid organizations, other foundations or churches.

For more information, visit


9.   BMJ Global Health Grant Program

Applications are now open for the 2022 BMJ Global Health Grant to support early career researchers in low-income and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs). Established in 2019, the BMJ Global Health Grant recognizes early career researchers from LMICs working in the field of global health and is awarded to the applicant whose abstract describes the most original methodological contribution to the field of global health and whose summary demonstrates the greatest importance and potential impact in advancing the field. The aim of the BMJ Global Health Grant is to recognize the contributions of early career researchers from low-income and lower-middle-income countries working in the field of global health. The grant is awarded to the applicant who describes the most original methodological contribution, and that shows the greatest importance or potential impact in advancing the field of global health.

Funding Information

This year, the successful applicant will receive funding of up to GBP 5,000 to support attendance at the 7th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR 2022) in Bogota, Columbia (31 October – 4 November, 2022), and the opportunity to publish a full paper BMJ Global Health at no cost (article processing charge waived).

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for the grant, you must at the time of application, be:

·         An early career researcher, within 10 years of completing your Ph.D. or equivalent professional qualification or training (working in healthcare, academia or industry), undertaking research in global health; and

·         A national of a low-income or lower-middle-income country in accordance with the current World Bank classification. If you have a dual nationality of which one is not of a low-income or lower-middle-income country, you may not apply for this grant.

·         In order to apply, you must fulfil both requirements listed. They will request a letter of support from your department or institution confirming your current role as part of the application.

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10.               Sustainable Protection Fund: Open Call for Sub-Saharan Africa

 The Digital Defenders Partnership is currently seeking applications for its Sustainable Protection Fund to help human rights organizations or collectives build their long-term digital security capacities. The Sustainable Protection Fund covers a number of coasts which contribute to strengthening an organization or collective’s capacity to respond to digital threats. These can include, for example:

·         New computers, servers, or hosting for data or websites.

·         Technical support in implementing new systems.

·         Training or accompaniment processes on digital security or other aspects of security and protection.

·         Actions to improve physical security, which support information management and digital security.

·         Measures to address the psychological and psycho-social impacts of digital threats.

Funding Information

This year, the grant provides up to €15,000 and aims to support more organizations for activities that reach a maximum of one year.

Eligibility Criteria

·         The Sustainable Protection Fund is open to regionally, and the following groups are specifically encouraged to apply:

·         Women human rights defenders and feminist organizations.

·         LGBTQIA+ organizations.

·         Land and environmental rights defenders.

·         Journalists and other actors who make information available to the public.

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