People & Money

Funding Opportunities for African Businesses


  1. Survivor Voices Against Rape (SUVAR) Conference 2023 in Cameroon

Deadline: 15-Mar-23

If you are a rape survivor or a mother/sister/friend/aunt/cousin etc. to a rape survivor, or an active changemaker, this Survivor Voices Against Rape (SUVAR) Conference 2023 is for you. If you are a representative voice, please, be sure to obtain permission from the survivor whose story you will be sharing.

Rescue Women Cameroon (REWOCAM) will be organizing the 3rd edition of SUVAR, a three-day conference on the title “Survivor Voices Against Rape (SUVAR): The Power of Our Voices!” This conference will bring together 30 women who are determined to break barriers, stand tall and use their voices to fight against rape in their community. The Conference will take place in a homely and safe space in Buea or Limbe.

The following participants are encouraged to apply:

  • Survivors of rape (A rape survivor is anyone who has been raped before in their lifetime)
  • Representative voices (A representative voice is anyone who is ready to come and tell the story of a loved one who has been raped and is ready to engage in the fight against rape)
  • Changemakers who are ready to lead advocacy missions against rape.

Eligible Expenses

This is a fully funded opportunity as the following costs will be covered:

  • Lodging.
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Transport reimbursement to and from your place of residence (Please note that there are certain distant locations in Cameroon whose transportation costs they cannot cover, completely).
  • Conference materials.
  • Opportunity to win seed funding/grant of $1000 (500,000frs CFA) to implement outstanding project to fight against rape (this will be highly competitive and in groups).

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a woman between the ages of 18 – 60 (However, applicants with unique and life changing stories who fall out of this age bracket will be given special consideration).
  • You must be a female rape survivor or a female representative voice representing a rape survivor. This means, you can apply to be a voice to a closed relation who was raped but cannot speak for themselves at this time.
  • You must be resident in Cameroon. If you are resident out of Cameroon and you want to be a part of this program, please do understand that you will cover all your travel fees.
  • You must be ready and courageous enough to share the/your story during the conference and do note that the event will be aired on different media platforms. Also note that they are ready to grant anonymity to whoever wants to remain anonymous during the sharing of the event in the media.
  • You must be English speaking. All the conference content will be in English!
  • If you are a changemaker who heads an Organization, you must encourage at least 5 survivors to apply under your Organization to increase your chances of winning the $1000 as an Organization.

For more information, visit Rescue Women Cameroon .

  1. European Commission accepts Proposals from CSOs in Algeria

Deadline: 11-Apr-23

The European Commission (EC) has announced a call for proposals to support the activities of civil society organizations (CSOs) in improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, support for youth and territorial development in Algeria.


  • The general objectives of this call for proposals are:
    • Support the actions of civil society organizations contributing to the development of young people and territorial development.
  • The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:
    • Specific objective 1 (LOT 1): strengthen associations working for the well-being, rights, inclusion and participation in public life of people with disabilities in Algeria.
    • Specific objective 2 (LOT 2): Support associations working to strengthen the democratic, active and participatory citizenship of young people, in particular through targeted actions that reduce marginalization and vulnerability among young people;
    • Specific objective 3 (LOT 3): support associations working for territorial development In this context, several stakeholders work together to define priorities, plan and implement common development strategies, in favor of people in situations of vulnerability, protection of the environment and biodiversity, as well as prevention and adaptation to the consequences of climate change. local and environmental protection.


  • The priorities of this call for proposals are:
    • Lot 1:
      • All actions relating to Lot 1 must include activities aimed at improving the living conditions of people with disabilities in Algeria:
        • Capacity building and funding of Algerian associations in order to increase the impact of their actions to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities;
        • Capacity building and networking of Algerian associations in order to ensure the complementarity of their actions with the measures taken by the Algerian authorities and the other actors involved in favor of people with disabilities.
    • Lot 2:
      • All actions relating to Lot 2 must include capacity building activities for youth associations and/or for youth:
        • Capacity building and funding for Algerian associations in order to increase the impact of their actions to support young people in civic participation, to reduce social scourges and to protect young people who are particularly marginalized and vulnerable, such as living with HIV and at risk of infection, drug users, etc.
        • Capacity building and networking of Algerian associations in order to ensure the complementarity of their actions with the measures taken by the Algerian authorities and other actors involved in favor of youth.
    • Lot 3:
      • All actions relating to Lot 3 must include territorial development and/or environmental activities:
        • Capacity building and financing of Algerian associations in order to support the territorial development through participatory democracy and dialogue;
        • Capacity building and funding of Algerian associations in order to be able to respond to the increased needs of communities as a result of the challenges posed by climate change;
        • Capacity building and networking of Algerian associations in order to ensure the complementarity of their actions with the measures taken by the Algerian authorities at the local level in terms of environmental protection and mitigation and adaptation to climate change

Funding Information

  • LOT 1:
    • Minimum amount: EUR 250,000
    • Maximum amount: EUR 500,000
  • LOT 2:
    • Minimum amount: EUR 350,000
    • Maximum amount: EUR 750,000
  • LOT 3:
    • Minimum amount: EUR 350,000
    • Maximum amount: EUR 750,000
  • Duration: The initial planned duration of an action may not be less than 24 months nor exceed 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead applicant(s)
    • To be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
      • be a legal person and
      • belong to one of the following categories of organizations: civil society organization (NGO, association, etc.) and
      • have no profit motive and
      • Be established for at least two (2) years and
      • be established in a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or There are three sets of eligibility criteria, which relate respectively to: in Algeria and
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and the affiliated entity(ies) and not act as an intermediary.
  • Co-applicant(s)
    • Co-applicants take part in drawing up and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those borne by the lead applicant.
    • Co-applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as apply to the lead applicant itself.
    • Co-applicants must sign the mandate form
  • Affiliated entities
    • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with one or more affiliated entities.
    • Only the following entities can be considered affiliated to the lead applicant and/or co-applicant(s):
      • Only entities that have a structural link with the applicants (the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link
      • This structural link mainly encompasses two notions:
        • control on annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings.
          • Entities affiliated with an applicant can therefore be:
            • entities controlled directly or indirectly by the applicant (subsidiaries or first-tier subsidiaries) or controlled by an entity itself controlled by the applicant (sub-subsidiaries or second-tier subsidiaries). This is valid for the other control levels;
            • entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Similarly, they may be entities controlling a company controlling the applicant;
            • entities with the same level of direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies); membership,
        • or association of which the proposed affiliated entity is a member, or the applicant is a member of the same entity (for example, a network, a federation or an association,) than the proposed affiliated entity.

For more information, visit European Commission.

  1. U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa PDS Request for Statement of Interest (Ethiopia)

Deadline: 18-Mar-23

The U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and Ethiopia through cultural, media and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation.

Purpose of Small Grants:

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. policies, values, and perspectives. Examples of PDS small grants programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions;
  • Programs developed by an alumnus/a of a U.S. sponsored or supported educational or professional exchange program.
  • Programs that strengthen U.S. college and university relationships with local higher education institutions, businesses, and/or regional organizations.
  • Media trainings.

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The APS is intended to inform individuals, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions about opportunities from the Public Diplomacy Section to support projects in at least one of the following thematic areas:

  • Strengthening independent and state media through media literacy with a focus on workshops for general audiences, like high school classes or clubs, university groups, etc., to learn about how to discern reliable sources of information, how to identify mis- and disinformation, etc.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
  • Engaging emerging and under-represented populations, including youthwomen, and persons with disabilities through education, artsports, culture and other programs.
  • Promoting tolerance and peace through dialogue.
  • Promoting economic growth, especially via entrepreneurship.
  • Promoting sustainable policies to protect the environment.

Priority Program Areas:

Proposals must identify how the proposal would fulfil a general U.S. Embassy priority:

  • Spur Broad-based Economic Growth and Promote Development: strengthen role of women and youth in economic activity; improve trade and investment climate; and increase opportunities for employment transition.
  • Promote resilient peace, security, and democratic institutions in Ethiopia: Strengthen transparent, democratic institutions that promote good governance, rule of law, peace building, and human rights principles at all levels of government and society; support pluralistic, inclusive dialogue processes.
  • Promote sustainable development and mutual prosperity through expanded and deepened partnerships and mutual understanding: Support shared global interests in sustainable economic and human development for vulnerable citizens and communities; strengthen the U.S.-Ethiopian economic and commercial relationship by promoting market-oriented reforms and expanding two-way trade and investment; rebuild and expand people-to-people connections between Ethiopians and Americans.

Funding Information

  • Length of performance period: 6 to 12 months.
  • Number of awards anticipated: Approximately five awards.
  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $200,000
  • Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from U.S. and Ethiopian:
    • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations with programming experience.
    • Non-profit or governmental educational institutions.
  • Individuals will be considered, but priority is given to registered organizations and educational institutions with a proven track record of success. For-profit or commercial entities, including for-profit media organizations, are not eligible to apply.


The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:

  • Programs relating to partisan political activity;
  • Charitable or development activities;
  • Construction programs;
  • Programs that support specific religious activities;
  • Fund-raising campaigns;
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or programs;
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization; or
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs.

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  1. USAID/Ethiopia: Highlands Resilience Activity

Deadline: 10-Mar-23

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Highlands Resilience Activity (HRA).

The Feed the Future Ethiopia Highlands Resilience Activity (HRA) aims to enable 120,000 households in the highland regions of Ethiopia to reach the graduation threshold from the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP5). Applications are sought that complement the PSNP5 and build on the extensive lessons and experiences of previous USAID and GoE-funded programs, particularly the PSNP4 Livelihood Component, USAID’s Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development (GRAD) and the Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R) activities.


  • The topline goal of HRA is for 120,000 PSNP households to sustainably reach the PSNP graduation threshold. All PSNP woredas in the highland regions of Ethiopia are eligible to be targeted by HRA. In woredas targeted by HRA, the core PSNP services (e.g., public works and transfers) will either be covered by either the GoE implemented PSNP or the RFSAs. In either case, HRA will implement the full package of the livelihoods component, unless the RFSA implementer or the GoE is already implementing the livelihoods interventions. HRA should target PSNP woredas in two or more highlands Regions (and PSNP households within those woredas per the big-push principle) with the greatest potential to achieve the graduation threshold within the five-year timeframe, considering the household profile, market opportunities, potential to rebound from conflict and opportunities to leverage other USAID investments, particularly in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence.
  • In order to avoid duplication of efforts, If HRA selects a RFSA supported woreda, HRA will not duplicate any nutrition, youth, gender or any other activities. Final woredas selection will be approved by USAID. In order for PSNP households to reach the graduation threshold, they must improve their livelihood strategies to the extent that they can reliably cover their basic annual food and household needs and maintain a buffer of savings and assets so that they can withstand moderate shocks. HRA will prioritize sustainable investments and approaches in order to increase the likelihood that households achieving the graduation threshold maintain their gains and continue to prosper rather than falling back into needing the PSNP. To do so, HRA will partner with key actors in the market system who possess specialized expertise, capacity to innovate and a vested interest in continuing investments into the future.
  • In order to achieve this topline goal, HRA must achieve the below intermediate results and crosscutting objectives as identified in the results framework. While the first four intermediate results will result in improved resilience at the household and individual level, the following intermediate results (5-7) will support improved functionality and resilience of the underlying systems and institutions that PSNP households depend on for success.
  • IR1: Increased productivity and competitiveness of targeted PSNP on-farm enterprises
    • Access to credit to increase production and productivity of the PSNP beneficiaries’ individual land is critical. HRA will capitalize on the contribution of community-based groups such as the Village Economic and Social Association (VESA) to build the social and financial capital of vulnerable households, in addition to employing other access to finance strategies such as the Loan Guarantee Fund (LGF) initiative. HRA intends to support targeted on-farm households to identify market demand, plan production for their target market and to increase the production and commercialization of their selected goods.
    • HRA supports growing smallholder farmers into small to medium sized farms that are business oriented and able to generate surpluses and increase value through the application of cost-effective and market-oriented production. HRA will also support farmers and service providers to formalize their enterprises and enable households to develop entrepreneurship skills and livelihood strategies that will lead to improved outcomes in on-farm activities. HRA’s success will be evaluated on its impact in increasing production volumes and sales.
    • Expected Results
      • At least a 25% increase in yield of targeted agricultural commodities
      • Value of $60 million in sales of producers and firms receiving USG assistance.
      • At least $53 million mobilized in new loans to PSNP households for a first-round loan.
      • HRA clients increase the value of sales of on-farm commodities by at least $80 million
  • IR2: Increased productivity and competitiveness of targeted PSNP off-farm enterprises
    • In addition to improved farm enterprises, PSNP clients need more and better opportunities to diversify their income generation. The rural off-farm livelihood diversification and growth can offer a pathway out of poverty for a large segment of the rural poor. Under IR2, HRA will use market systems approaches to help targeted PSNP clients improve the productivity and competitiveness of their off-farm enterprises. Off-farm income diversification bolsters resilience capacities by helping households fill in gaps in seasonal agricultural incomes and adapt to changing conditions in the rural economy and environment.
    • Off-farm income generation includes all activities performed as self-employed labor, including income from post-harvest agricultural and livestock processing. The off-farm business enterprises are key contributors to employment, economic growth and poverty reduction as gains from the on-farm activities are more and more challenged due to declining land quality and size and population pressure. Studies show that only 23 percent of households in Ethiopia have a non-farm enterprise, which is low by regional standards. Limited access to credit constraints household investment, particularly in off-farm activities. Besides, the challenging business environment and gender disparities affect productivity, marginalization and survival of off-farm businesses.
    • Expected Results:
      • HRA clients increase the value of sales for off-farm goods by at least $40 million
      • At least 2,000 SMEs (50% WSMES) (such as agro-dealers, pullet growers, bee colony multipliers, improved seed multipliers, agro-processors, micro-franchise women) supported to deliver appropriate services to the PSNP beneficiaries
  • IR3: Increased employment and wage labor among targeted PSNP clients
    • In addition to on-farm and off-farm enterprise development, PSNP clients need more and better employment and wage labor opportunities. HRA will work with key market actors to identify and overcome constraints to growth among firms with high potential to create good jobs for PSNP clients. HRA will also partner with market actors to reduce impediments preventing PSNP clients from accessing available job opportunities. This may include addressing a range of barriers, such as difficulty accessing opportunities in nearby cities where better jobs and job training/matching programs exist. HRA will particularly focus on easing the barriers limiting the ability of youth and the landless to attain gainful employment. The HRA implementer will avoid placing clients in training programs that are misaligned with labor market demand or have low probability of leading to gainful employment.
    • HRA will facilitate employment opportunities with the aim of allowing targeted beneficiaries to compete for more secure and better remunerated employment. HRA will also coordinate with private sectors who can play a role in skills development. The success in this intermediate result depends on matching the right skills for people with skills that employers demand, to secure good jobs. HRA is to help beneficiaries, particularly the youth, transition smoothly out of unemployment and into jobs and from low to higher productivity employment.
  • IR4: Improved diets, particularly among women and young children
    • Improved health and nutrition are both an essential input for resilience and an outcome of resilience. Improved child health and nutrition is associated with long-term impacts on child growth and development, educational attainment, and future productivity-breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty and contributing to the long term PSNP goal of poverty reduction. Conversely, households and communities that are able to improve their livelihoods and access public and private services are protected from shocks and stresses that lead to food insecurity, undernutrition and poor health.
  • IR5: Improved market systems and commercialization
    • In order to achieve IRs 1-4, market systems must work better for the poor and, in particular, for PSNP clients. HRA will work with market actors (public and private) to address the key firm-level market failures that prevent PSNP communities and clients from more fully integrating into the rural economy and linking with urban centers. HRA will also facilitate and co-invest in publicprivate partnerships to implement innovative solutions to the identified key firm-level market failures. These solutions should result in the increased capacity of market and value chain actors to invest in and serve PSNP communities. HRA will also identify sectors of the economy, beyond agriculture and ag-processing, which have a high-potential for increased sales, investment and employment creation in targeted areas. HRA will work with existing business development services (BDS) to support enterprise-driven development and increased sales for PSNP client-owned onfarm and off-farm enterprises and create improved marketing and job opportunities for PSNP clients and increased availability of safe, diverse, nutritious foods.
  • IR6: Private investment and finance in highlands communities increased
    • In order to create the enabling environment for graduation of PSNP clients, HRA, through this intermediate result, will increase mobilization of credit by engaging the financial service providers, including banks, microfinance institutions, rural cooperative unions and VESA informal lending systems, as well as the provision of multiple financial services to selected PSNP clients. HRA will support financial services providers to expand their services and tailor their products to the needs of PSNP clients and to critical market/value chain actors that PSNP communities rely on. The effectiveness of the Loan Guarantee Fund (LGF) in facilitating credit access to the PSNP beneficiaries would be further explored and adjusted (if necessary) to the prevailing context to determine its application.
    • Beyond financial services, success in this intermediate result includes increased private sector investment in markets where targeted PSNP beneficiaries engage. Micro, small and medium enterprises that play critical roles in rural value chains will be engaged and supported to expand production and services. As the local economy integrates further with the region’s economy, targeted beneficiaries will find and take advantage of increased employment opportunities. Targeted beneficiaries are also consumers who will benefit from local production and service.
  • IR7: Client-responsive public and private social services improved and expanded
    • In order to create the enabling environment for graduation of PSNP clients, HRA will contribute to improving the availability of and access to public and private social services critical to increasing the resilience, food and nutrition security, quality of life and social welfare of PSNP households. As a result of this effort, PSNP clients will have greater access to public and private services related to health, nutrition, WASH, and education. HRA will support public service delivery systems to ensure PSNP households are reached with quality services, including services such as MIYCN counseling, growth monitoring and promotion, acute malnutrition services, antenatal care, community-based health insurance (CBHI) and WASH services. Improved rural livelihoods will lead to the improvement of quality of life and wellbeing of the rural PSNP clients. Under this IR, HRA will initiate and promote innovative approaches that focus on quality and constraints to access as well as constraints that limit households’ utilization of available services.

Funding Information

  • USAID intends to award one to two Cooperative Agreement(s) pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide up to $60 million in total USAID funding over a five-year period including the crisis modifier line item of $3 million (5%) to respond to an emergency.
  • The total estimated amount will consist of $57 million in core activities and $3 million in crisis modifier activities. Actual funding amounts are subject to availability of funds and internal USAID approvals. USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Applicants: Eligibility for this NOFO is not restricted, except that individuals and government entities are not eligible.
  • U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs): Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. private non-profit organizations or non-profit organizations, including universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations, may apply for funding under this RFA.
  • U.S. and Non-U.S. For-Profit Organizations: Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. private for-profit organizations may apply for funding under this RFA. Foreign government-owned parastatal organizations from countries that are ineligible for assistance under the FAA or related appropriations acts are ineligible.
  • Private Voluntary Organizations (PVO): A local or indigenous PVO, which by definition is a non-U.S. PVO operating in the same foreign country in which it is organized, is eligible to receive funding. Local PVOs are not required to register with USAID.
  • Public International Organizations (PIOs): PIOs are eligible to apply for funding under this RFA.
  • New Partners: USAID encourages applications from new partners. Resultant awards to these organizations oblige USAID to undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations to determine their “responsibility” in regard to fiduciary and other oversight responsibilities of the grant/cooperative agreement.
  • Faith-based organizations: are eligible to apply for federal financial assistance on the same basis as any other organization and are subject to the protections and requirements of Federal law.
  • Note: USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID. Each applicant is limited to one application submission under this NOFO as the prime Applicant.

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  1. Small Grants to Strengthen ties between the U.S. and South Sudan

Deadline: 14-Apr-23

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan is pleased to announce that limited funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program, provided through the U.S. Department of State.

Purpose of Small Grants:

PDS Juba invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and South Sudan through programming that advances core U.S. foreign policy goals, in particular those outlined in the BidenHarris Administration’s fact sheet and U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. Project proposals should advance shared priorities and values and promote bilateral cooperation.

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

  • Training and workshops that advance and promote peacebuilding, democracy, transparency; strengthen a national identity, transcending historical divisions; support and develop the media community; address trauma, healing, and reconciliation; and support economic empowerment;
  • Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, performances, and exhibitions;

Priority Program Areas:

  • Foster Openness and Open Societies
  • Examples:
    • Promoting government transparency, accountability, and tolerance of marginalized communities, and citizens’ rights and responsibilities in a democratic society.
    • Increasing the focus on rule of law, justice, and dignity.
  • Deliver Democratic and Security Dividends
  • Examples:
    • Supporting civil society, empowering marginalized groups, centering the voices of women and youth, and defending free and fair elections.
    • Advancing regional stability and security.
  • Advance Pandemic Recovery and Economic Opportunity
  • Examples:
    • Prioritizing policies and programs to spur economic recovery and build capacities to increase preparedness for the next health threat.
    • Partnering to rebuild human capital and food systems that were further weakened by the pandemic and Russia’s war against Ukraine.
  • Support Conservation, Climate Adaptation, and a Just Energy Transition
  • Examples:
    • Partnering to conserve, manage, and restore the continent’s rich natural ecosystems.
    • Supporting efforts to minimize and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, including enhancing community, economic, and supply chain resilience.
    • Working to accelerate just transitions to a clean energy future, energy access, and energy security.

Funding Information

  • Length of performance period: up to 12 months.
  • Number of awards anticipated: at least one.
  • Total available funding: Up to $100,000. Awards may be for a maximum of $50,000 but past award amounts for any individual project have not exceeded $25,000.

Participants and Audiences:

Programs should focus on a specific audience segment in South Sudan, e.g., youth between the ages of 14 to 35, women, civil society organizations, etc.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Applicants PDS encourages applications from:
    • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience and that are actively involved with projects in South Sudan.
  • All programs must include an American cultural element, and/or connection with an American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) in a specific field that will promote an increased understanding of and appreciation for U.S. policy and perspectives. South Sudanese organizations based outside of Juba are especially encouraged to apply.
  • For-profit, governmental, or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.

For more information, visit 

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  1. Notice of Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs in Tanzania and Uganda

Deadline: 24-Mar-23

The Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is providing grants to support the Nongovernmental organization (NGO) Programs Benefiting Refugees in Tanzania and Uganda.

Program Areas

Proposals must align with one or more of the following program areas.

  • Interim and Durable Solutions


  • Tanzania Country-Specific
    • Proposals must focus on the refugee and asylum seeker populations located in camp-based settings in Tanzania. They expect applicants to coordinate with UNHCR when planning, implementing, and reporting on its programs. The primary focus of the program must be one of the sectors listed below. Applicants may submit a letter of support from UNHCR for their proposal. It is encouraged for proposals to consider the Burundian repatriation process and how applicants will adapt to changes in beneficiary numbers. Proposals must focus on the following sectors in the refugee camps:
      • Health
      • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
      • Nutrition
    • Duration of Activity
      • Program plans for two years will be considered.
  • Uganda Country
    • Proposed activities must explain how they align with the CRRF and current Uganda Refugee Response Plan (Uganda RRP). They expect applicants to coordinate with UNHCR in planning, implementation, and reporting within the overall Uganda RRP framework and respective sectors. Applicants should submit a letter of support from UNHCR for their proposal. Proposals may focus on any of the refugee and asylum seeker populations hosted in Uganda. They recommend that organizations wishing to work with both Congolese and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda submit a single proposal that covers activities benefiting both populations. They strongly encourage organizations to partner with or incorporate capacity strengthening of local or refugee-led organizations. Proposals must focus on one or more of the following sectors:
      • Protection
        • Protection: Legal
        • Protection: Child Protection
        • Protection: GBV
        • Socio-cultural Inclusion and Social Cohesion
      • Livelihoods (full proposals must include a market analysis, or will be disqualified)
      • Mental health and psychosocial support
      • Capacity Strengthening: Local/ Refugee-Led Organizations
      • Health
    • Duration of Activity
      • Program plans for two or three years will be considered

Funding Information

  • Tanzania
    • PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to award up to approximately $3,750,000 total through this NOFO for this country.
    • PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to fund one award for Tanzania through this announcement.
    • Program proposals must not be less than the funding floor and not more than the funding ceiling per year or they will be disqualified.
      • Funding floor per year (lowest $ value): $2,000,000 per year
      • Funding ceiling per year (highest $ value): $3,750,000 per year
    • Programs period of performance of 24 months will be considered.
  • Uganda
    • PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to award up to approximately $6,500,000 total through this NOFO for this country.
    • PRM anticipates, but makes no guarantee, to fund as many as two awards through this announcement.
    • Program proposals must not be less than the funding floor and not more than the funding ceiling per year or they will be disqualified.
      • Funding floor per year (lowest $ value): $2,000,000 per year
      • Funding ceiling per year (highest $ value): $3,750,000 per year
      • Note: Funding ceilings and floors pertain to the PRM cost per year.
    • Programs period of performance of 24 or 36 months will be considered.

Geographic Regions / Populations

  • Proposed activities should primarily support refugees and asylum seekers populations in Tanzania and Uganda. Because of PRM’s mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those programs that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees/asylum seekers.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education (U.S.-based NGOs must be able to demonstrate proof of non-profit tax status).
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education (overseas-based NGOs must be able to demonstrate proof of registration in country of domicile); and
  • International Organizations. International multilateral organizations, such as United Nations agencies, should not submit proposals through in response to this NOFO. Multilateral organizations that are seeking funding for programs relevant to this announcement should contact the PRM Program Officer on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.

For more information, visit

  1. Africa Food Prize: Elevating Heroes of Agriculture (US $100,000 prize)

Deadline: 17-Jun-23

The Africa Food Prize Committee invites nominations for individuals or institutions who are delivering improved food security; catalyzing innovation and transformative change in Africa’s agriculture sector.

The Africa Food Prize is the preeminent award recognizing an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa—from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.


The Africa Food Prize recognizes extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.

Building on the values and principles established by the Yara Prize, the Africa Food Prize puts a bright spotlight on achievements and innovations with transformative power that can be scaled and replicated across the continent to eliminate hunger and poverty and provide a vital new source of employment and income.

New Category Regenerative Agriculture

There will also be a special category on Regenerative Agriculture, which will award USD10 000 for achievements and innovations that advance regenerative food systems in the African continent.

The Prize Committee considers the following criteria for the Regenerative Agriculture Prize, for contributions that:

  • Help protect and regenerate natural resources, primarily soil, as well as water and biodiversity;
  • Support locally adapted, context specific solutions inspired by empirical wisdom;
  • Engage existing communities’ network and local governance in a landscape approach;
  • Increase knowledge and awareness about Regenerative Agriculture, especially among youths.

Award Information

  • The US $100,000 prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa’s agriculture agenda. It puts a spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans.
  • The Prize is awarded at a special ceremony attended by the Prize winner(s), the Africa Food Prize Committee and invited guests. The Prize winner(s) is committed to attend this ceremony.
  • The Africa Food Prize 2023 will be awarded during the AGRF Summit this September.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Africa Food Prize can be awarded to any individual or identifiable group of individuals, as well as to established institutions, associations, organizations or government bodies with a formal and recognized judicial and organizational structure contributing to the overall objectives of the Prize.
  • The Prize can be awarded to any qualified candidate, irrespective of nationality, profession or location, whose work, and contributions deriving from the work, has had a clear impact on the African situation, nationally, regionally or for the continent.
  • The Prize can be awarded with reference to a specific contribution or achievement, or a series of efforts and results in the recent past, preferably within the last few years.
  • Current or recent members of the Africa Food Prize Committee, or an institution/organization headed by such a member, are ineligible for the Prize. The Prize cannot be awarded to a person already deceased but will be presented in the event a Prize winner dies before receiving the Prize.
  • The Prize can be awarded to more than one winner, but not more than two. If shared, each winner will receive equal prize money (USD 100, 000 divided in two), a diploma and a trophy.

Selection Criteria

  • The Africa Food Prize will honor outstanding contributions within every aspect of agriculture and food production that is clearly related to combating hunger and reducing poverty in Africa. Decisions will be based on the Prize Committee’s research into and deliberations of the nominees´ work and an evaluation of their achievements.
  • In its assessments, the Africa Food Prize Committee will particularly emphasize proven, tangible results, scalability and value creation derived from the nominee’s work, directly or indirectly, with regard to improvement of sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security in Africa. In its deliberations, the Africa Food Prize Committee will furthermore emphasize the value of the nominees’ achievements with regard to visionary thinking, their role as motivator and rallying point in the campaign against hunger and poverty, as well as their inclination to share knowledge and cooperate. The Africa Food Prize Committee will also consider the circumstances under which the work has been carried out and results achieved; that is the complexity of the problem and the difficulties, hostilities or prejudices encoutered.
  • The Prize Committee considers the following criteria for the Prize:
    • Contribution to reducing poverty and hunger and/or improving food and nutrition security in measurable terms.
    • Contribution to providing a vital source of income and/or employment in measurable terms.
    • Potential for transformative change through scalability, replication, and sustainability.
    • Increased awareness and cooperation among African audiences and organizations.
    • Proven leadership potential of the individual or organization, specifically the ability of the to.
    • Persevere despite significant challenges or risks.

For more information, visit Africa Food Prize.

  1. Grants to Sustain and Accelerate a Comprehensive HIV Response in Tanzania

Deadline: 24-Mar-23

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is pleased to announce the applications to Sustain and Accelerate a Comprehensive HIV Response in the United Republic of Tanzania under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

This NOFO supports the Government of Tanzania (GOT) strategy for comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment and systems strengthening interventions addressing the entire continuum of care. Recipient(s) is expected to implement innovative, evidence-based, person-centered, and culturally appropriate interventions to enhance identification of HIV-positive individuals; linkage to Care and Treatment Clinics (CTC) for same day initiation antiretroviral therapy (ART); support for community-based HIV services; access to HIV services for priority populations; continuity of treatment and patient adherence to ART, monitoring of viral load (VL) to attain viral suppression; and utilization of appropriate data for continuous quality improvement (CQI).

The targeted populations include childrenadolescent boys, men, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and infants, key and vulnerable populations (KVP), and at-risk groups. Activities are expected to be carried out in Dar es Salaam, Kagera, Mara, Simiyu, Tanga, and Zanzibar. This may shift to other CDC-supported regions based on performance or epidemiologic data. Recipient(s) may be awarded comprehensive community and facility-based activities for specific region(s).

Goals and Priorities

  • Reducing the prevention and treatment gaps for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), children, and key populations (KP);
  • Strengthening national and local programmatic, financial, and community leadership;
  • Designing new partnerships with key private, public, and multi sector entities that can complement existing programs and expand reach;
  • Utilizing the PEPFAR platform for broader disease surveillance and public health programming, consistent with the PEPFAR legislative and funding authority;
  • Investing in the scale-up of cutting edge behavioral, and implementation science to bend the curve on new infections;
  • Improving the care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and related opportunistic infections by improving STI management; enhancing laboratory diagnostic capacity and the care and treatment of opportunistic infections; interventions for intercurrent diseases impacting HIV infected patients including tuberculosis (TB); and initiating programs to provide anti-retroviral therapy (ART);
  • Strengthening the capacity of countries to collect, use, and share surveillance data and manage national HIV/AIDS programs by expanding HIV/STI/TB surveillance programs and strengthening laboratory support for surveillance, diagnosis, treatment, disease monitoring, and HIV screening for blood safety; and
  • Developing, validating, and/or evaluating public health programs to inform, improve, and target appropriate interventions, as related to the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB, and opportunistic infections.

Funding Information

  • The expected number of awards is 1-2.
  • Average One Year Award Amount: $50,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

Government Organizations:

  • State governments or their bona fide agents (includes the District of Columbia)
  • Local governments or their bona fide agents
  • State controlled institutions of higher education
  • American Indian or Alaska Native tribal governments (federally recognized or state-recognized)
  • Non-government Organizations
  • American Indian or Alaska native tribally designated organizations
  • Other
  • Ministries of Health

For more information, visit

  1. Lamu Environment Foundation Grant Program (Kenya)

Deadline: 1-Apr-23

The Lamu Environment Foundation (LEF) Grant Program is now open for applications to support locally-led conservation projects to improve the environment and support communities.

Through strengthening community capacity, they can play a part in the creation of the next generation of environmental champions and create resilient communities in the face of climate change.

Thematic Areas

  • Continuing Education and Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Mangrove Conservation
  • Land Regeneration and Restoration
  • Marine Conservation


  • Marine Conservation: Building Capacity of BMUS in Pate Island – Part II
    • £7000 awarded
    • This project is a continuation of the project recently completed by Faza Youth Action Group (FYAG). The previous project Building Capacity of BMUs in Pate Island raised awareness of the need to use legal fishing gear to encourage sustainable fishing and prevent ecosystem destruction and degradation. However, while undertaking that project, FYAG learned there are many issues facing Beach Management Unit (BMU) governance, management, and capacity. Using what they learned, this project aims to tackle some of the core challenges.
    • Project Length – 5 Months
    • Aims
      • This project aims to build the capacity of BMUs in Faza Ward, Pate Island through providing training to communities and BMU boards on the regulations. To do this, FYAG will work with The Katiba Institute to translate the BMU regulations into Swahili. By facilitating this translation, the regulations will be more accessible for community members and BMU leaders leading to greater transparency and accountability.
      • In these small fishing communities, fisheries management is key to the prosperity of the entire community. FYAG will hold open forums training sessions in the streets to explain the regulations to all members of the community. It is hoped that once the community and BMU members are better aware of the regulations, they’ll be able to hold their BMUs accountable.
    • Objectives: Empowering/Advocating BMUs in ensuring sustainable use and conservation of aquatic resources through proper education and awareness of their capacity and regulations with regards to the use of illegal gears, observance of closed seasons and areas and implementation of bylaws.
  • Marine Conservation: Kinyika Co-managed Marine Area
    • £2000 awarded
    • Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LAMCOT) are embarking on an exciting project with the support of the local community to create a protected area around Kinyika Rock.
    • The projects will begin by strengthening the governing capacity of Beach Management Units (BMUs) and bringing together all stakeholders to work in cohesion for the long-term benefit of their immediate environment. After that, a management team will be identified who will be led by LAMCOT who will support with technical knowledge.
    • Due to the ambitious nature of this project, long-term funding and partners will need to be sought to ensure the success of this project. As well as funding, LEF will be providing support in identifying relevant partners and co-funders for this project.
  • Marine Conservation: Building Capacity of BMUS in Pate Island
    • £6400 awarded
    • Faza Youth Action Group (FYAG), are commencing a 5-month project in February 2022 to engage with stakeholders, communities and environmental organisations across the fisheries industry on Pate Island to strengthen governance of BMUs, increase the awareness of sustainable fishing practices and facilitate a fishing gear swap in partnership with Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT).
    • FYAG will empower and engage communities and stakeholders to ensure participatory decision-making to achieve the sustainable development of artisanal fishing on Pate while preserving the environmental, social, and cultural integrity of the indigenous community.
    • Due to local and international overfishing and environmental degradation, fishery resources are depleting. This has led to artisanal fishermen turning towards more environmentally harmful fishing methods such as fishing in shallow waters, on coral reefs and the use of illegal fishing gears. These methods lead to an increased catch of juvenile fish which causes further issues of depletion in the future.


  • Building Capacity of BMUS in Pate Island – Part II:
    • BMU regulations translated in Kiswahili with copies distributed to fishermen and all stakeholders in the fishing industry.
    • All BMUs involved to have operational environmental units, performing their work as stipulated in the regulations.
    • Ensure the executive committee is dominated fishermen who will be the decision makers.
    • Enhance the performance of all BMU functions.
    • Ensure the composition of the BMU includes all stakeholders equally.
    • Ensure BMUs are supported by the government bodies with funding, continued training and knowledge sharing and a continuation of capacity building so they can perform their duties efficiently.
    • Ensure equal Inclusion of all stakeholders in the co management of the fisheries resource.
    • Support BMUs in training of technology that can help BMUs manage their resources and finances more effectively.
    • Improve physical infrastructure and social amenities within the Island such as fish landing stations, dispensaries and sanitation facilities.
    • Encourage better engagement with community members to make use of their opinions and indigenous knowledge to create bylaws best suited for the local environment.
    • Formulate relevant bylaws where necessary.
    • Ensure BMUs are holding regular community meetings to encourage community cohesion and transparency from the BMUs.
  • Building Capacity of BMUS in Pate Island:
    • A fishing gear swap, where fishermen are provided with alternative fishing gears which are legal, economically viable and environmentally friendly when they trade in illegal gears.
    • Through community training, there will be increased awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of using legal fishing gears among fishers and BMUs.
    • Entrepreneurship training will encourage fishers to come together as a cooperative allowing them to take control of market prices bringing economic stability.
    • The promotion of gender equality as women will be invited to discuss and give input in economic agendas.
    • Increased awareness among communities of the importance of environmental conservation through ongoing group discussions and beach clean-ups.
    • Capacity building of local BMU’s to
      • Improve governance
      • Strengthen and introduce local byelaws regarding catch limits, permitted technology, seasonal closures
      • Building unity across different areas to ensure wider support for the implementation of new byelaws
    • The creation of a community agreed strategic plan to ensure modern, legal fishing methods are adopted while a greater emphasis is placed on marine conservation.

Also Read: Funding Opportunities For African Businesses

Grant Criteria

  • Local non-profit organizations, CBOs and social cooperative enterprises are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Non-local groups, already active in the area or experts within that field are also eligible for grants and strategic partnerships, if they prove that through their work, they build capacity within the community.
  • LEF does not provide funding to governmental organisations or bodies.
  • All applications must demonstrate strong participation and contribution from community stakeholders to ensure projects are focused on building community capacity and interest in environmental conservation. And that throughout the project duration, communities are kept informed and up to date on project progress.
  • All applications must demonstrate they are beneficial and appropriate for community use and needs by illustrating they’re inclusive of the interests, rights, roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders, right-holders, and other under-represented groups.
  • Applications must focus within LEF’s thematic areas; Continuing Education and Sustainable Livelihoods, Solid Waste Management, Mangrove Conservation, Land Regeneration and Restoration and Marine Conservation.
  • All projects must be evidence and science backed to ensure best practices are followed. If necessary, experts and training must be consulted to support the successful outcomes of the project.
  • Proposed projects must be well developed to document, justify, implement, monitor, and manage a project.
  • There must be a clear monitoring and evaluation structure in place to measure outcomes in the short, medium and long term.
  • Projects that demonstrate sustainability after the project period will be prioritised to create long term impact.
  • LEF will not approve budgets for projects paying unreasonable per diems to attendees of meetings.
  • Projects must be focused in Lamu County – LEF does not fund projects outside of this geographic area.

For more information, visit LEF.

Obande Friday

Friday is a Mass Communication graduate of The Polytechnic of Ibadan. He has four years of content development experience. He loves lifting weights in his spare time.

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