Funding Opportunities For African Businesses


1.   YALI RLC West Africa Emerging Leaders Program: Civil Society Management | Business and Entrepreneurship

     Deadline: 11-Dec-22

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) is inviting applications for the West Africa Emerging Leaders Program.

What they Offer

Reasons to Apply to the YALI Accra RLC

Eligibility Criteria

Competition for the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa is merit-based and open to young West African leaders who meet the following criteria:

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2. NOFO: Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program (Togo)

    Deadline: 31-Aug-23

The U.S. Embassy in Lome-Togo through this Notice of Funding Opportunity is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

The purpose of Small Grants: PAS Lome invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Togo 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.

Examples of PAS Small Grants Program programs include, but are not limited to:

Priority Program Areas
Funding Information

Participants and Audiences: Togolese populations from the 5 regions of Togo.

Eligibility Criteria

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3. ClimateLab Program: $25,000 of Cash up front + $25,000 of co-building and other services

    Deadline: 1-Dec-22

Applications are now open for the ClimateLab Program.


They employ a top-down investment approach that lives at the intersection of environmental impact and commercial viability. It focuses on four sectors of distinct importance and great potential impact to climate outcomes on the continent.


The world is a farmer. They support cutting edge technology to make that farmer- and the logistics and processing that gets food on people’s plates- more environmentally efficient. This leads to better personal and climate outcomes.

Clean Off-Grid Solutions

Most Africans live off grid. They need to come online. The only way this can occur without massive negative environmental effects is for the lights to turn with clean renewables from day 1. They make that happen.


African cities are growing at an alarming rate. They need solutions that optimize energy efficiency and air quality. They leverage the research and technical ability of Stellenbosch University to design these startup solutions.

Energy Efficiency

The cleanest energy is the energy they don’t consume. They love technologies that do the same amount of work (or more) but using less energy.

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Additional Benefits:

What they do for Entrepreneurs?
Eligibility Criteria

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4. International Climate Initiative Thematic Call 2022

    Deadline: 21-Feb-23

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is pleased to announce the Thematic Call 2022 to fund projects that pursue holistic approaches across multiple levels and, above all, demonstrate how to practically implement climate action, adaptation, and biodiversity conservation (including policy advice, capacity building, technological cooperation, investment, and local implementation in particular).

This Thematic Call addresses the present challenges in climate action, adaptation and biodiversity conservation that are currently arising in the context of international climate and biodiversity negotiations. For these challenges, the below mentioned thematic priorities with the respective objectives are defined.

Thematic Priorities

The following thematic priorities are available:

Funding Information
Eligibility Criteria

The following institutions are welcome to apply:

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5. 2023 Kinship Conservation Fellowship

Deadline: 15-Jan-23

The Kinship Foundation has launched Kinship Conservation Fellowship to support conservation practitioners across the globe.

The program is designed to advance your career and equip you with new skills, insights, and analytical tools to accelerate the projects you lead at home.

The month-long, in-residence Fellowship focuses on market-based solutions in conservation and cultivates your leadership skills in the sector. Through interactive discussions, systems-thinking exercises, and peer-learning sessions, Fellows engage with stories and innovative solutions to overcome complex challenge that they can apply to their own work.

Delivered by a faculty of global experts, the program’s curriculum is curated to the unique opportunities of each year’s cohort and exposes Fellows to the six Kinship Conservation Pillars for market-based solutions. Their faculty work closely with each Fellow to explore new ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental issues.

Eligibility Criteria

Note: All Fellows are responsible for paying their own applicable local, state and federal taxes in respect of the stipend.  Additionally, payments to non-US citizens will be subject to customary US tax withholding (currently at 22%, resulting in a net payment of approximately US$6240, subject to change based on then-current US tax laws).

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6. NEC Innovation Challenge for Startups from Around the World

Deadline: 4-Dec-22

Internationally renowned IT and electronics group, NEC, and its Partner companies, are on a quest to find innovative companies worldwide with solutions in Healthcare & Lifesciences, the Met averse and Carbon neutral. Could you be the perfect fit? If yes, NEC is looking for startups with Healthcare & life science, Met averse and Carbon neutral solutions to collaborate together.

The rewards for the most innovative solutions include funding of up to US$20,000 to develop a full Proof of Concept (PoC), support to enter the Japanese and US markets, and other unrivalled collaboration opportunities with NEC and its Partner companies!

This once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside a leading global brand is not to be missed! What are you waiting for?

Purpose of the Challenge and Participation

Participation in the Challenge must be individual (Individual Participant) or as a Startup.

The goal of the Challenge is for Participants to submit contributions (or projects) meeting the requirements determined by the Sponsor in the Challenge brief, and that are formalized by deliverables. The brief includes information regarding various deadlines, details of the prizes, Sponsor requirements etc. (the “Brief”). The Brief is accessible through the Challenge website.


NEC’s mission is to bring together the smartest minds on the planet to develop the new unicorn ideas of tomorrow. The NEC Innovation Challenge invites startups and NEC employees to deliver a proof of concept for a new innovative product or technology service, which addresses one of the 3 key themes below.

Award Prize

4 different types of prizes await their selected startups!

NEC Prize

NEC X Prize

NOFF Prize

Bird Initiative Prize

The final of The NEC Innovation Challenge will be attended by the 10 selected finalists. They will have the opportunity to pitch their solution to a panel of senior management from NEC.

Eligibility Criteria

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7. National Geographic Society Grants Program

Deadline: 12-Apr-23

The National Geographic Society is accepting applications for its Grants Program to illuminate and protect the wonder of their world.

Whether you are an aspiring Explorer or already a luminary in the field, each opportunity has unique criteria and benefits to ensure that their Explorers receive support and funding aligned to their specific needs and goals. Each year, a small number of grants are awarded to individuals who are just beginning their National Geographic journey, as well as those who are working on more advanced projects.

The National Geographic Society warmly welcomes and encourages applicants from historically and currently underrepresented and underserved populations to apply. National Geographic is committed to funding a diverse and globally representative cohort of Explorers. The National Geographic Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, or disability.

What they Fund
Eligibility Criteria

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8. Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 12: Seeking Solutions from Young Innovators

Deadline: 31-Jan-23

Bristol Myers Squibb is proud to support the Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG 12. This challenge seeks to reduce waste and the release of toxins into the environment which will ultimately improve health outcomes.

This challenge welcomes solutions from young innovators that include interventions such as:


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9.  Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 9-Dec-22

The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is inviting applications for its Fellowship Programme.

The aim of the CDRI Fellowship Programme is to promote research and innovation on disaster resilient infrastructure (DRI). It does this by supporting practitioners, academicians, and community leaders, who are working in related fields. The Fellows will have an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with their peers from across the world.

The Fellowship provides financial aid to support a search for solutions to real-world problems related to DRI. Promising solutions emerging from the Programme will be shared widely and may be taken up for implementation in multiple contexts. Upon successful completion, the Fellows will join the global network of CDRI alumni and participate in alumni events.

Thematical Focus
Funding Information
Infrastructure Type

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Eligibility Criteria
Selection Criteria

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