Funding Opportunities For African Businesses

  1. Global Counsel Social Impact Programme

Global Counsel is accepting applications for the Social Impact Programme to help non-profit organizations, as well as small for-profits with strong values-based aims, with political and policy issues on a pro bono basis. This is aimed at organizations that would not otherwise have access to their services, especially those pursuing causes that their colleagues are passionate about. Successful applicants would be able to benefit from their skills and expertise through a tailored fixed-term consultancy engagement.


  • Technology and media
  • Climate and sustainability
  • Health and social care
  • Trade
  • Financial services
  • Energy

What can they offer?

They are flexible and will make an offer tailored to the successful applicant(s). As a starting point for the discussion, they could offer one of the following.

  • A short report on a policy or political issue, for internal use e.g. in planning and decision-making.
  • A short report on a policy or political issue, to be published externally e.g. for thought-leadership on an issue.
  • Help you prepare and deliver an online event on a policy or political issue.
  • Political strategy & advocacy planning, e.g. identifying key stakeholders for you to engage with on an issue and create an engagement strategy and narrative.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Not-for-profit organizations worldwide such as charities, NGOs, educational institutions, and foundations.
  • Small for-profit organizations with strong values-based aims, such as social enterprises or small businesses with an emphasis on positively impacting society.
  • Organizations registered with their respective regulator, where relevant.
  • Organizations that would not otherwise have access to their services.
  • Organisations with a policy or political challenge that they can help with.

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  1. MilkenPenn GSE Education Business Plan Competition

The 2022 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) application is open. Through its dynamic ecosystem, this competition celebrates purpose-driven ventures that address persistent and emerging problems in education. The EBPC welcomes entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in education from around the world. Applicants are encouraged to explore how their product or solution can be applied to address issues in the field of education and impact teaching, learning, and education outcomes.

The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition has awarded more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes to education ventures making an impact through innovation.

Funding Information

  • Organizations entering the competition may not have had more than equivalent of US$1,000,000 in gross revenue since the beginning of the legal existence of the organization until the date the organization submits its Application Form. Further, organizations entering the competition may not have had more than the equivalent of US$500,000 in gross revenue during the prior twelve (12) months before the date the organization submits its Application Form.
  • Organizations that have raised more than this threshold, as determined in the sole opinion of the University, will be disqualified. Furthermore, organizations entering the idea path of the Competition are expected to be pre-revenue and pre-investment.

Eligibility Criteria

Any individual is eligible to enter the Competition by submitting an Entry, except the following individuals are not eligible:

  • Anyone who is under 18 years old;
  • Any Competition judge;
  • Anyone who previously was named a Finalist or Winner of a prize in this Competition;
  • Anyone for whom it would be illegal to enter this Competition in their legal jurisdiction of residence;
  • Any Penn Graduate School of Education faculty, lecturer, administrator, staff, or other employee.

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  1. Persephone Miel Fellowship

 The Pulitzer Center is now accepting applications for the Persephone Miel Fellowship which is designed to support journalists from outside the U.S. and Western Europe who are pursuing ambitious reporting projects and aim to bring their work to a broader global audience. The Persephone Miel Fellowship is overseen by the Pulitzer Center and was launched in partnership with internews, a media development nonprofit.

Funding Information

  • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will provide a grant of $5,000 for a reporting project on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or underreported in the mainstream media.
  • Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process based on the scope of proposed work and intended outcomes.
  • Payment of the first half of the grant is disbursed at the beginning of the project, upon receipt of required materials and the second half on submission of the principal work for publication/broadcast.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Persephone Miel Fellowships are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers, staff journalists, as well as freelancers and media professionals outside the U.S. and Western Europe who are seeking to report from their home country but would like to broaden the reach of their reporting by publishing it in international outlets.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English/

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  1. UNDRR Call for Grant Proposals

 The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) invites not profit-making organisations and apolitical to submit grant proposals.

Funding Information

  • The maximum amount requested from UNDRR for the implementation of this project cannot exceed USD 300,000.
  • The duration of the proposed project cannot exceed 19 months.

Project Activities

Projects activities can include, amongst others, the following:

  • Seminars, workshops, training
  • Capacity building activities;
  • Institutional strengthening activities and
  • Advocacy

Eligibility Information

UNDRR invites not profit-making organization and apolitical to submit grant proposals.

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  1. IIDN Environmental Action Grants Program in Nigeria

IIDN calls for application from youth-led organizations in Nigeria, that focuses on any aspect of environmental protection in Nigeria. IIDN is a non-governmental organization. They promote social cohesion and sustainable development in Nigeria, through their educational, capacity-building and awareness-raising efforts.

Funding Information

There will be two grants awarded: The flagship recipient will receive N50,000 and a runner-up recipient will receive N40,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A youth-led organization in Nigeria.
  • Aim to work with underrepresented groups in Nigeria.
  • Beneficiaries of the environmental ecosystem.
  • Background information about your organization. For example, vision/mission/objectives, past activities/projects, and any social media or website links.
  • Description of the proposed or current project for which the organization wants financial support. Ensure to be specific and explain why it is important to the environment and the community and what the intended results are.

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  1. JAMII Femmes Initiative to support African Women Entrepreneurs

 The Women in Africa (WIA) and The Coca-Cola Foundation join forces to support 20,000 African women entrepreneurs over the next three years through the “JAMII Femmes” initiative. The JAMII Femmes initiative aims to increase the impact of African women economy and support the creation of innovative solutions for sustainable development that will contribute to positive change in Africa by improving the quality of life of tens of thousands of people.

Funding Information

  • 600 women entrepreneurs will receive grants to support their business development and increase their impact on communities.
  • At the end of the programme, one laureate per country will receive a prize of $10,000 to support her project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Women over 18 years old.
  • Nationals or residents of Nigeria, Kenya or Ivory Coast.
  • Entrepreneur
  • Mainly in the Agriculture sector and/or in relation to the sustainable development objectives defined by UNESCO.

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  1. The Children’s Right Innovation Fund

The Children’s Right Innovation Fund has announced a call for proposals decolonize! provides funding for new or existing groups, organizations or projects that address racism, colonialism and related issues. They hope to fund any work that addresses racism and colonialism and is led by Black children and youth.

Funding Information

  • CRIF is accepting proposals from Black children and youth activists for grants ranging between USD $500 and $10,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Identify as an activist of Black, African, and/or African descent.
  • Are between the ages of 13-27.
  • Are applying as part of a group – this group does not need to be legally registered but must be led and driven by young people.

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  1. Cascador Program 2022 (Nigeria & US)

Applications are now open for the Cascador Program 2022, an intensive, in-depth examination of your leadership skills, business model, and value proposition by veteran faculty. The program includes six months of mentorship post-program to ensure their fellows can apply what they learn in the real world. Cascador is a ground-breaking program for mid-stage entrepreneurs in Africa who are scaling mission-driven companies.

Application Requirements

Two years in business, >$50K USD annual revenue or > $250K USD capital raised.

What can you expect during the Program?

  • Their pre-program preparation involves orientation to Cascador as well as review of your value proposition and submitted business documentation.
  • Power Week Intensive
  • Post-Program Mentoring & Support

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  1. 2022 Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program (Nigeria)

U.S. Embassy Abuja announces an open competition for organization to submit a statement of interest (SOI) to carry out projects through the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (ASSH) Small Grants Program.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding $65,000
  • Award Ceiling: $10,000
  • Award Floor: $3,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Not-for-profit organizations legally registered in Nigeria.
  • Established, local, grassroots groups (self-help associations, youth groups, parent-teacher associations, community cooperatives) legally registered in Nigeria.

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  1. Hello Tomorrow Deep Tech Pioneers Challenge for the best startups

 Hello Tomorrow Deep Tech Pioneers Challenge is now open for the best deep tech startups from around the world. The Deep Tech Pioneers are game-changers developing cutting-edge technology to bring positive change to the planet, society and industries.

Why Join?

  • Visibility
  • Global Challenge Fast Pass
  • Funding & Business Opportunity
  • Exclusive Events Access

Eligibility Criteria

They welcome startups that are:

  • In the early stage of development or the beginning of their commercialization phase
  • Based on a new technology, a scientific discovery or a complex engineering process
  • Addressing an industrial, societal or environmental unmet need or creating a new market
  • Composed of a team of at least 2 people
  • Not a subsidiary or spin-off of an existing company.

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