Funding Opportunities For African Businesses

1. ACT Foundation 2023 Grant Cycle for Africa: Entrepreneurship, Environment, Health, Leadership

Deadline: 11 November 2022

The Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation 2023 Grants Cycle is now open for non-profit organizations and social enterprises in Africa.

At ACT Foundation, they have adopted a responsive approach to grant making. By funding focused-interventions, the foundation works across a broad spectrum of developmental issues clustered within its focus areas.

The ACT Foundation believe that grant making is a critical tool in engineering social change, and even more the foundation is inspired by the long and short term partnerships they make. Foundation’s strength lies in the partnerships they create and sustain through funding for programs and activities that have great potential of altering the downward trajectory of development on the African continent. Foundation’s mission to drive sustainable impact across Africa pushes us beyond boundaries; and as such the foundation always strives to do more.

Capacity Building
Areas of Support

 Eligibility Criteria


ACT Foundation grants WILL NOT be extended to the following:

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2. Project Grants of up to US$ 1,000,000 available to improve Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Capacity

 Deadline: 24-Feb-23

The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) offers Project Grant up to US$ 1,000,000 for projects that improve food safety, animal and plant health capacity to comply with international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements.

The STDF offers grants for projects that promote compliance with international SPS requirements. It should be clear how the requested project will help to address particular SPS challenges or issues that affect trade to regional and/or international markets.

The following types of projects are given favorable consideration:

 What are SPS capacity needs?

 Eligibility Criteria

The following organizations are eligible to apply for STDF funding:

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3. U.S.-Cote d’Ivoire CPC Partnership Grant Opportunity: Non-profits and NGOs are eligible to apply!

 Deadline: 5-Dec-22

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition for a prevalence study in support of a forthcoming Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership between the United States and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.

CPC Partnerships are jointly developed and implemented by the United States and a partner country through a multi-year plan (at least five years). Their purpose is to strengthen the efforts of the partner country government and civil society organizations to prevent child trafficking; effectively investigate, prosecute, and convict perpetrators of child trafficking; proactively identify, protect, and provide comprehensive, trauma informed care for child victims; and create an enabling environment to promote effective collaboration to prevent child trafficking.

The overall goal of CPC Partnerships is for partner governments at all levels and civil society organizations to work in concert to combat child trafficking by employing a multi-sectoral, victim-centered approach that addresses targeted risk factors, ensures comprehensive victim protection, and investigates, prosecutes, and convicts child traffickers.


Part of the U.S.-Cote d’Ivoire CPC Partnership will include a prevalence study not only to help inform programmatic interventions, but also to assist the Government of Cote d’Ivoire in crafting future action plans, campaign, resources allocations, etc.

Funding Information
Eligibility Criteria

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4. PEPFAR Small Grants Program in Cameroon

    Deadline: 30-Oct-22

The Political and Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon announces an open competition for KP Network organizations to submit applications under the FY 2023 PEPFAR Small Grants Community Led Monitoring Activities program for KPs to spot check the implementation of comprehensive and quality KP HIV services, monitor the availability and accessibility of KP specific services and health commodities, report on KP experiences of violence, stigma and discrimination, and monitor the implementation of promised changes, in some cities of the four PEPFAR covered Zones in Cameroon.

 Program Objectives

To improve KP specific HIV service delivery and outcomes by identifying and understanding data-driven solutions to overcome barriers and ensure KPs receive optimal people-centered HIV services in a manner that is productive, collaborative, respectful, and solutions-oriented.

 Specific Objectives

Funding Information
Priority Region

Bamenda, Bafoussam, Bertoua, Douala, Yaounde, Kribi, N’Gaoundere;

Buea, Limbe, Dschang & Foumbot

Participants and Audiences

The intended group of audience is KP-led networks of CBOs covering the four KP sub-group populations, including, Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Female Sex Workers (FSW), People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), and Transgender (TG).

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants

Cost Sharing or Matching

Providing cost sharing, matching, or cost participation is not an eligibility requirement for this NOFO.

Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued, Individuals are not required to have a UEI or be registered in

Eligibility Note: Grant awards are contingent on the receipt of funding. If the program is not approved, no grants will be awarded under this call.

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5. ConDev’s Student Media Grants Program 2022 For Students Worldwide (USD$ 5,000)

  Deadline: November 15, 2022

The center for conflict and development opened the new Student Media Grant Program (SMGP) application! This grant is founded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University.

ConDev’s student media grants program awards funds to current students or recent graduates from accredited universities worldwide interested in conducting field work in conflict-affected areas of the world. Grantees can work on a variety of research or extension programs that will allow them to chronicle critical issues being faced by communities such as:

This grant was inspired by Howard G. Buffett’s use of photography to document the nexus of conflict and development in “Fragile: The Human Condition.” This grant is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University.

SMGP Proposal instructions

Proposals should be submitted by email by midnight Nov 15th, 2022, to with “SMGP 2022: [Application Last Name, Target Country}” as the subject line and one proposal can be submitted per student. Students may request up to $5,000. Awards amounts will be made at the discretion of the Chair. Proposals must be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document. Proposals must be in English. Please use a 12 Pt Times New Roman Font, single space.

For More Information:

Visit the official webpage of the Student Media Grant Program

6. Get up to $250k each: AFAWA Initiative 2nd Round open for African Organizations

    Deadline: 11 November 2022

The African Development Bank Group’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative is launching its second call for proposals for the Women Entrepreneurship Enablers program, targeting women’s business associations, incubators, accelerators, women-led cooperatives, and civil society organizations that promote the development of women entrepreneurs on the continent.

The program supports projects that enhance the viability and sustainability of formal women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and enables them to access financing opportunities to grow their businesses.

To address this challenge, the African Development Bank Group, established the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA), a flagship initiative that specifically focuses on increasing inclusive finance for women entrepreneurs on the continent. AFAWA’s primary objective is to bridge the finance gap for women entrepreneurs and to unlock their entrepreneurial capacity and full potential. AFAWA is unique in that it offers a multi-dimensional approach to removing the constraints that women entrepreneurs face through three pillars of intervention:

Strengthening access to finance for women-owned/led businesses by leveraging the Bank’s financial traditional instruments (lines of credit, trade finance, and equity funds) and through the AFAWA Guarantee for Growth (G4G), an innovative mechanism de-risking women entrepreneurs and enhancing Financial Institutions’ (FIs) appetite in lending to WSMEs.;

Building the capacity of women entrepreneurs and financial institutions;

Strengthening the enabling environment to increase WSMEs ability to access financing.

Within the framework of the Women Entrepreneurship Enablers program, the Bank is looking to support projects which aim to enhance the viability and sustainability of formal women SMEs and allow them to access financing opportunities to grow their businesses.

The Bank encourages women’s business associations, incubators, accelerators, women formal cooperatives, eligible civil society organizations and other legal entities to share proposals aligned with the objectives and themes set out below.

Funding Information

Funding requests may be for a specific project or for an indicative program of several projects, or over several countries. The minimum threshold for requesting funding from this call for proposal is $100,000 and the maximum threshold is $250,000. This is a one-time grant.


Submitted proposals will:

 Geographical Scope

Applications are welcome from all 54 Africa countries, transitional/fragile, Sahel and North African countries are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.


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7. Research Funding] MECS Challenge Fund supporting Clean Cooking and Modern Energy Cooking Services

 Deadline: 9-Nov-2022

The Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) challenge fund is now open for applications to provide research funding to stimulate innovations in modern energy cooking technology and systems.

In addition, MECS supports the advancement of innovative clean energy cooking products, processes, and services in low-income countries that are appropriate and acceptable to users.

The new ‘Cooking Support on Mini-Grids’ (COSMO) competition is the latest in a series of challenge funds that the MECS programme has engaged with. Previous funds have prompted innovation, early research, and piloting, all of which seek to rapidly accelerate the transition from biomass to clean cooking, particularly modern energy cooking services, on a global scale. The COSMO competition builds on this progression of interest by seeking to strengthen the utilization of mini-grids (MG) for cooking. This new competition enables the MECS programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) and delivered by Loughborough University, to address key barriers to using electric cooking on mini-grids.

They are looking to fund projects with mini-grid developers (and their partners) to enable electric cooking appliances to be sustainably used in homes or businesses. Their research so far suggests that electric pressure cookers (EPCs) are the ‘front running candidate’ for this outreach, but they will consider any efficient electrical cooking appliance. Combinations of more than one device are acceptable if a strong case is made.

The key aim of the COSMO competition is to seek to explicitly strengthen the utilization of mini-grids (MG) for cooking.

Competition Design

The fund will be run in two phases. Progression from phase 1 to phase 2 will be competitive rather than automatic. The selection for phase 2 will depend on the quality and suitability of the business case and modelling developed under phase 1.

Funding Information
Eligibility Criteria

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8. ISDAO offering Flexible Grants of up to $20,000: Regional Call for Proposals

    Deadline: 11-Nov-22

The Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest’s (ISDAO) regional call for proposals is now open for LGBTQI led communities.

ISDAO is a West African activist-led Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights by adopting a flexible approach to grant-making, and ultimately developing a culture of philanthropy that is committed to equality and social justice.

ISDAO has a flexible approach to grant making and is building a culture of philanthropy committed to issues of equality and social justice.

ISDAO stands for the following values:

ISDAO offers flexible grants to support the overall coordination, operations, and strengthening of groups, organizations, or networks.

Funding Information
Eligible Expenses
Eligibility Criteria

ISDAO grants are currently awarded to organizations, networks and groups that:

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9. New Grant Scheme to fund Projects tackling the Open Burning of Waste

     Deadline: 8-Nov-22

The Safer End of Engineered Life – Open burning grant scheme is looking to fund projects to tackle the open burning of waste that lead to a reduction of risk to human health and safety.

These activities must lead to a demonstrable impact(s) for the beneficiaries, which reduces the risks posed to vulnerable groups as a result of the open burning of municipal solid waste. The grants can either build on existing work or develop new activities.


 Types of Grants

There are two types of grants available:


The funding period for both grant types is up to 24 months.


Some examples may include but are not limited to:

 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be associated with an eligible registered organization.

Eligible registered organizations include:

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10. Julius Baer Foundation’s Grant Program to reduce Inequality and create Opportunities

     Deadline: 2-Dec-2022

The Julius Baer Foundation is accepting applications for its grant program.

Vision: They envision a future where the disadvantaged and the privileged work together to create opportunities and share in a more equitable world.


Wealth Inequality: The Julius Baer Foundation strategically supports projects that help counterbalance the wealth divide and build trust between all groups in society. Working with pioneers in the field of wealth inequality, the Foundation also promotes initiatives that go beyond poverty reduction by bringing together all stakeholders to create mutually beneficial partnerships.

The Julius Baer Foundation aims to transform wealth inequality ideas into operating projects in the following ways:

Education Inequality: The Julius Baer Foundation identifies and supports education projects and initiatives that help those born into poverty to break the cycle. Their goal is to lower the barriers that disadvantaged children experience as they compete for opportunities that are easily available to the privileged. Their approach focuses on providing abundant and diverse learning experiences beyond the standard curriculum and is based on the premise that to develop your talents, you must first discover them.

Eligibility Criteria

The Julius Baer Foundation supports partners that are impactful, well organized, and visionary, and that have a solid track record in their field. Please take the specified criteria within each strategic core area into consideration.


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