Funding Opportunities for African Businesses

  1. Bridges for Enterprise’s Incubation Program 2022 for Social Enterprises

 The BfE Incubation Programme lasts between 6 – 8 months. Each engagement is conducted completely free-of-charge by the chapter teams and professional mentors with deep industry expertise. Communication throughout the entire programme takes place remotely so applicants can focus on running their businesses at the same time.

Eligibility Requirements

The BfE Incubation Programme would be a good fit for applicants who:

  • Are a for-profit or non-profit social enterprise
  • Are an early stage startup at the pre-seed or seed stage
  • Have an existing product or service and have started earning revenue
  • Have legally established business in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East
  • Demonstrates a clear path to financial returns and social impact


  • Consulting – BfE Consulting engagements are the first component of our Incubation Programme. From growth strategy to impact assessment, our talented associates tackle your most pressing challenges.
  • Finance Advisory – BfE Finance Advisory engagements are the second and final component of our Incubation Programme. From revenue forecasting to grant writing, our talented associates strive to make your business ready to attract funding.

For more information:

  1. UNLEASH Plus Incubation Program 2022 for Entrepreneurs working on the SDG

UNLEASH Plus is a global 6-month incubation program for entrepreneurs working on social or environmental challenges, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program provides teams with the right skills, tools, and mindsets to test and launch early-stage solutions, and design them for large-scale impact. The program is open to all youth entrepreneurs looking to advance solutions that address the SDGs.


  • UNLEASH Plus is designed for young innovators around the world who are solving problems to achieve the SDGs.
  • Applicants may be social entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, or activists who have an early-stage solution but seek support to test further, refine, and plan its launch.
  • Participants do not need to be working on their ventures full-time to qualify for the program.
  • Previous experienced participating in UNLEASH programs is beneficial, but it is not required.


  • The incubator culminates in a one-week, in-person program in India late November to early December 2022, where teams work with international experts and pitch to potential funders.
  • Only the top 25 teams of the program will be selected, and all costs will be covered.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNLEASH Plus incubation Program 2022

  1. The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Nigeria Program 2022 for female Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Consulate in Lagos, in partnership with Venture Garden Foundation and Ascend Studios Foundation to implement the 2022 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. Government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world, now in its fourth year. The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program will select 250 female entrepreneurs to receive business training, gain new networks, and learn the necessary skills to grow sustainable business.

Women’s meaningful economic participation is integral to achieving greater security and stability around the world. The AWE initiative is a great opportunity for Nigerian women entrepreneurs to gain university-level business and management training, strengthen their networks, and grow sustainable business.

How to Apply

Female entrepreneurs interested in participating in the AWE program can apply at no cost by filling out the application form.

For More Information

Visit the Official Webpage of the AWE Nigeria Program 2022

  1. Africa No Filter media grant for women storytellers ($10,000 – $25,000 in Grants) 

The Media Grants by Africa No Filter are aimed exclusively at women storytellers and women-owned media organisations and outlets. This grant call-out wants to contribute to an increase in African female storytellers and content creators and to give space to voices that are historically misrepresented and underrepresented across the continent.

Journalists, bloggers, vloggers, content creators, podcasters can apply for Project Support grants worth up to $10,000 while organisations can apply for Operational Support and Capacity-Building grants of up to $25,000.

All applicants should have a track record of creating work that challenges stereotypical narratives of Africa through innovative, creative and compelling storytelling.


For Organisations

  • Based in Africa and female led
  • Be in operation for more than a year
  • Have a history of working with African female storytellers and content creators
  • Proposed project must be focused on increasing narratives and stories that reflect a more diverse and dynamic continent.

For Individuals

  • Must be an African Woman living on the continent or the Diaspora
  • Must have a history of creating content and stories that reflect a more diverse and dynamic continent for more than a year
  • Proposed project must be focused on increasing narratives and stories that reflect a more diverse and dynamic continent

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Africa No Filter Media Grant

  1. MIT Legatum Center/Clayton Christensen Institute Market Creating Innovation Bootcamp 2022 for early-stage Entrepreneurs

The Market-Creating Innovation (MCI) Bootcamp is an eight-session curriculum designed to empower emerging market innovators with principles and frameworks necessary to create new markets that make products affordable. The full Bootcamp is made up eight sessions that will last approximately 90 minutes each. Participants can expect to spend an additional 60 – 90 minutes preparing for each session. The eight sessions will be offered over the course of a few days.


  • The Bootcamp is best suited for early-stage entrepreneurs who are in the process of piloting or refining an idea that seeks to solve a problem for a majority of people in a region.
  • Participants must have, or plan to have, ventures in one or more of the seven partner countries.


  • Course: Participants will benefit from engaging sessions that fundamentally change how they think about innovation.
  • Community: Participants will join a unique and growing community of people (investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers) committed to building market-creating innovations in emerging economies.
  • Coaching: Participants will gain access to some of the most reputable and forward-thinking innovators and investors committed to emerging economies.
  • Certification: Participants will get a Market-Creating Innovation Bootcamp Certificate of Completion after the program is completed.
  • Access to Capital: Upon completion of the Bootcamp, participants will have an opportunity to create an investment pitch deck that may be shared with a select group of investors committed to investing in emerging market-focused innovations.


  • The cost of participation is $1,999, however, through a generous grant from the Mastercard Foundation, the Bootcamp will be free for all participants accepted into the program. If selected, it is expected that participants can fulfil the time requirements and will complete the full Bootcamp.

Participating Countries:

Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya.

For More Information

Visit the Official Webpage of the MIT Legatum Center/Clayton Christensen Institute Market Creating Innovation Bootcamp 2022

  1. MCN Millennium Oceans Prize 2022 for youth activist ($5,000 prize) 

The Millennium Oceans Prize is returning for its eighth year to support and celebrate students who are passionate about conserving, protecting, and sustainably using oceans, seas, and marine water and life. The Millennium Oceans Prize targets Sustainable Development Goal 14 by celebrating youth activists who are focused on enriching their communities through advancing marine and freshwater conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.


  • Throughout the 2022 – 2023 academic year, the Millennium Oceans Prize Winner will have the opportunity to rally their peers around conserving and sustainability using the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
  • Prize winners will receive mentorship and a $5,000 prize for implementation of a concrete campaign idea to spark change and garner support in advocacy, policy, and leadership for oceans and freshwater systems.
  • Up to $5,000 to implement your winning campaign.
  • 12 Months of Direct mentorship and support from MCN.
  • Recognition and spotlighting at a Millennium Fellowship Global Community event.
  • Co-curate campaign action groups, mobilizing and coordinating with peers who are passionate about SDG 14.
  • Co-curate global webinars with MCN and the Remmer Family Foundation during the academic year to keep peers engaged and involved.

For more information, Visit the Official Webpage of the MCN Millennium Oceans Prize 2022

  1. Special Call for Proposals: The Impact of Brazilian Elections on the Amazon

The Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) and the Pulitzer Center are opening a new, special call for grant applications. Journalists, editors, and independent media organizations are invited to submit a proposal on the impact of Brazil’s elections on the Amazon rainforest. The project should consider the intersection of upcoming elections for president and congress and their impacts on deforestation, and other critical issues in the region.

Funding Information

Funding Up to US$10,000 maximum award amount for these grants, but depending on project specifics, it may be higher. Budgets can include, for example:

  • Compensation for local journalists;
  • Cost of project coordination/management;
  • Travel and lodging;
  • Data analysis and visualizations;

For approved projects, half off the grant amount is generally paid just before the reporting, and the remainder is delivered upon submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grants are open to journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers, and filmmakers. Staff journalists, as well as freelancers of any nationality, are eligible to apply.
  • Newsrooms or teams may also apply – the team lead should be the main applicant.

For more information, visit

  1. Jamlab Accelerator Programme for Early-stage Journalism and Media Start-ups

The Jamlab Accelerator Programme (JAP) is a six-month hothouse programme for early-stage journalism and media start-ups. It provides teams with the tools, facilities, contacts, and support necessary to realise their ideas and ambitions. They are looking for committed and creative journalists and media makers who are passionate about fixing what isn’t working in sub-Saharan African media, who want to create new media to serve new audiences, or bring new conversations or ideas to the public.


  • Mentorship and coaching from experienced media, start-up and tech experts and entrepreneurs.
  • Free places on a three-month media entrepreneurship course.
  • Access to technical support development team.
  • Opportunities to pitch to potential investors, funders and various stakeholders with an MVP (Minimum Viable Product)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Innovators, media makers and entrepreneurs with a great idea and the commitment to create and sustain a new journalism or media venture. Innovators, media makers and entrepreneurs who lead an existing journalism or media venture that they want to grow and develop.
  • Starting or growing a new venture is challenging work so they encourage people to apply as a team of at least two people who are able to commit all or a substantial majority of their time to their project.
  • This programme will be based on a significant amount of “virtual face-to-face” interaction so applicants must have a stable internet connection.
  • They are especially keen to see women and women led teams apply.

For more information, visit

  1. John Templeton Foundation’s Grant Program

The John Templeton Foundation’s (JTF) Grant Program is now open to fund research and catalyzes conversations that inspire people with awe and wonder.

Funding Areas

  • Science & The Big Questions: The Science & The Big Questions Funding Area supports innovative efforts to address the deepest questions facing humankind. Why are they here? How can they flourish? What are the fundamental structures of reality? What can they know about the nature and purposes of the divine?
  • Natural Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Philosophy & Theology
  • Public Engagement
  • Character and Virtue Development
  • Individual Freedom & Free Markets
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius
  • Genetics
  • Voluntary Family Planning


The grant duration is often up to three years. In rare instances the Foundation may support a project for up to five years. The Foundation will not fund any project for more than five years.

Eligibility Criteria

JTF fund charitable entities that operate inside and outside of the United States. On rare occasions, they may fund individuals and for-profit companies doing charitable work that is consistent with their tax-exempt status.

For more information, visit

  1. USAID Advancing Food Fortification Opportunities to Reinforce Diets Program

 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified entities to implement the USAID Advancing Food Fortification Opportunities to Reinforce Diets (USAID AFFORD) program.


The successful applicant will prioritize support to Feed the Future (FTF) and nutrition priority countries to improve micronutrient adequacy and diets safely and sustainably for the most economically and nutritionally vulnerable population groups, through the large-scale food fortification (LSFF) of regularly consumed staple foods and condiments (e.g., salt, sugar, oil, rice, and flours).

Funding Information

  • The award’s total estimated Amount (TEA) allows a maximum award ceiling of up to 75,000,000 structured as follows:
  • A $20,000,000 Leader Award will support USAID’s effort to safely and sustainably reduce micronutrient inadequacies and improve diets, particularly for women and children, through LSFF of staple foods and condiments.
  • $55,000,000 of potential funding will be awarded non-competitively by USAID field missions or other offices to support additional activities that fall within the technical scope of the award. This may include: a maximum of $35,000,000 in potential Association Awards and a maximum of $20,000,000 in potential buy-in.
  • The anticipated period of performance is five (5) years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • 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.

For more information, visit



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