Webinar – Financial Cautionary Tales: How to Prevent Common Financial Breakdowns

The sector is full of stories about how organizations got themselves in a world of financial hurt. Some of these situations are, of course, less than perfectly predictable—but some are foreseeable because they are so common. Join Kate Barr, Executive Director of The Nonprofits Assistance Fund and Ruth McCambridge, Editor in Chief of The Nonprofit Quarterly in an hour-long discussion of familiar financial traps and how best to immunize your organization against financial woes.

Webinar – How to Connect Your Work to the Sustainable Development Goals 

The United Nation’s recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serves as a uniquely valuable opportunity for philanthropy, nonprofit, and civil society.Be informed and learn how to connect your work to these worldwide goals. Join Lauren Bradford, Director of Global Partnerships Foundation Center in this one-hour webinar.

Webinar – Your Board and Fundraising

This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. It covers the role of your board, why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns, ways the board can participate in fundraising activities, and tips for strengthening your fundraising board.

Webinar – Nonprofit Leadership Transitions and Organizational Sustainability

Executive transitions, we are warned, must be taken very seriously. A wrong hire can erode cash, reputation, relationships, and much more. To learn how to avert this, watch this 1 hour webinar by Jean Bell, Chief Executive Officer, CompassPoint and Tom Adams, Director, Sustainability, Succession, and Transition Planning practice for Raffa, PC.

Webinar – How to Use Data to Manage your Nonprofit 

Learn about important reports and key performance indicators that you should be tracking on a regular basis to optimize performance and raise more money.

Webinar – How To Communicate with Supporters Before, During, and After a Fundraising Event 

Learn how email can help you stay in contact with your supporters when it matters most related to your next fundraising event.

Webinar – A Guide To Finding The Right Balance

To learn more about the right balance between reliability and autonomy, watch this 59 minute webinar on Reliability vs Autonomy in Nonprofit Funding: A Guide to Finding the Right Balance by Jon Pratt of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Ruth McCambridge, Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly.

Webinar – An Essential Guide For Even The Most Pure

Whether your nonprofit is more like an intimate family or an enormous well-oiled machine, fraud can occur, and when it happens, it can damage your reputation, relationships with funders, and staff morale. In this webinar, Ruth McCambridge, Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly and Hilda Polanco, Founder and CEO of FMA teach Maximizing Nonprofit Internal Controls: An Essential Guide for Even the Most Pure.

Ovie Brume Foundation’s Future’s Project

The Future’s Project is supported by Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation and seeks to reduce the rate of unemployment and poverty among rural and urban youth in Nigeria through vocational skills development integrated with financial literacy using global best practices.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be between the ages of 20 – 30 years.
  • A strong desire to be an entrepreneur after completing the training.
  • A minimum of Secondary School Leaving Certificate is required.
  • Candidates must be resident in Lagos or have accommodation in Lagos. Accommodation will not be provided.
  • Candidates must be available throughout the training period of August 2017 to March 2018.
  • Candidates must commit to starting their own businesses upon completion of the training.

Application forms cost N1,000 and can be downloaded from:

Submit by email to: or in person at the following address: Ovie Brume Foundation, 29a Gafar Animashaun Street, Off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Wellbeing Foundation Advocacy Grants

In line with meeting the SDGs, Wellbeing Foundation is calling on submissions answering the questions: which NGOs and Governments are doing the most to improve the wellbeing of women in Africa and beyond? What priorities have emerged over the last 12 months? Are we closer or farther from achieving the 2030 Agenda? #PitchtoWBW and receive paid grants for your advocacy.

African World Heritage Fund 

Each year AWHF provide conservation grants to African countries to implement projects and activities which focus on improving the State of Conservation of World Heritage properties. The deadline for submission is 12.00 pm (CAT) on 29th September 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Countries/Region – Africa
  • Projects activities are restricted to World Heritage Sites as declared by UNESCO
  • Project proposals MUST address challenges affecting the State of conservation of selected World Heritage property
  • Who can apply? Government institutions involved in the management and protection of World Heritage Sites
  • The application must be approved by Head/Director of heritage institution/organization accompanied by a cover letter endorsing the project

YHER Accelerator Program

Deadline – 22nd September, 2017

More women are pursuing entrepreneurship in Africa per capita than anywhere else in the world. For this reason, Spark* is conducting a continent-wide search to bring together an unrivalled group of 15 African Female Founders for its YHER Accelerator. Founders running high-impact ventures aimed at improving the lives and women and girls.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Female-Led Ventures: You must have at least one female co-founder who will participate in the program.
  • Local: You intimately understand the problem that you are trying to solve.
  • Support Women and Girls: Your venture must exist to improve the lives of women and girls who are held back by poverty.
  • In the Early Stages: You will have already launched a venture or at least run a pilot and have some early traction or proof of concept. You will typically have less than 100 customers and have been in operation less than two years.

A total of $50,000 in prize funding is available for the winners of our peer review and audience votes.

The 2017 Nelson Mandela –Graça Machel Innovation Awards 

Deadline – 21st September, 2017

The 2017 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards is celebrating the 12th year of recognizing individuals and civil society organizations for their excellence, innovation, and bravery in creating positive social change. Winners will receive $1,500 cash prize and funding to attend the International Civil Society Week in Suva, Fiji from 4th to 8th December 2017. Nominations close on 21st September 2017.

Euromena Awards 

Deadline – 22nd October, 2017.

Euromena Consulting is currently accepting applications for its Euromena Awards with an aim to discover and show the world the talents and capacity for innovation in Africa. The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the richness and strength of African innovation. The competition rewards creativity, innovation, development and social awareness. The goal of the award is to promote African start-ups focused on new technologies, with a social impact on the continent. The first awards ceremony will take place in Abidjan on 24 November 2017.

Award Information

  • € 10,000 will be shared by the top trio selected by the jury at the end of the final in Abidjan
  • The winner will receive € 5,000, the two winners: € 3,000 and € 2,000, respectively

Eligibility Criteria

The Euromena Awards are aimed at organizations:

  • In connection with Africa and established in the region
  • With an operational project, launched or in the process of being launched
  • Whose project is innovative and offers a benefit to society

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship 2018

Deadline – 15th October, 2017

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. Through this annual fellowship programme, the Foundation seeks to deepen and broaden their growing network which continues to contribute its skills and learning to a better Africa. The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the AfDB (Abidjan), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva).

USAID/Ethiopia Request for Applications

Deadline – 12th October, 2017

The USAID/Ethiopia funding opportunity: Comprehensive HIV Services for Key and Priority Populations is seeking applications from qualified and eligible organizations for a five-year activity to increase the availability and accessibility of high quality, comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for key and priority populations in select priority geographic areas to advance the Ethiopia’s goal of achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets and reach epidemic control; and strengthen the enabling environment to facilitate access to comprehensive HIV services for key and priority populations and improve evidence-based decision-making through planning, monitoring, and evaluation. The estimated total program funding is $65,059,716. There are no restrictions on eligibility for this program. The deadline is 12th October 2017.

Belgian Development Agency Grants

Deadline – 10th October, 2017

The Belgian Development Agency (BTC) is piloting a Skills Development Fund (SDF) in Albertine & Rwenzori, Northern Uganda and Karamoja region. This Call for Proposals for the Skills Development Fund (SDF) is part of the Support to Skilling Uganda Strategy (SSU) project. The programme focuses on supporting the 10-year Skilling Uganda strategic plan that aims at making skills development in Uganda more demand driven. The minimum grant amount is EUR 5,000 and the maximum grant amount is EUR 100,000. Eligible organizations are national and international NGOS, CBOs and public and private not-for-profit training providers. Eligible country is Uganda. The deadline is 10th October 2017.

The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Deadline – 6th October, 2017

The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is calling for awards recognizing promising innovations aimed at preventing gender-based violence. Applications to the Development Marketplace for Innovation in Prevention of Gender-Based Violence must be received online by October 6, 2017. SVRI and the World Bank Group will disburse more than US$1 million to advance evidence-based interventions to organizations preventing gender-based violence (GBV) in low- and middle-income countries.

The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Deadline – 6th October, 2017

The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) today announced a new open call for awards recognizing promising innovations aimed at preventing gender-based violence. Applications to the Development Marketplace for Innovation in Prevention of Gender-Based Violence must be received online by October 6, 2017. SVRI and the World Bank Group will disburse more than US$1 million to advance evidence-based interventions to organizations preventing gender-based violence (GBV) in low- and middle-income countries.

United States Ambassador’s Small Grants Program for Nigeria  

The United States Ambassador’s Small Grants program (ASG) provides one-time small grants to community development programs that improve the socio-economic wellbeing and/or health of the community.  The ASG Program is designed to support communities help themselves.  Funding under the ASG Program is largely provided by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and by the U.S. Department of State Self-Help.  Under the ASG, projects must originate in the community, and the community members need to make significant contributions to the success of the project, such as land, labor, funds, materials, ongoing supervision, and other resources.  American contribution to any one project ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. Smaller requests are also welcome.

Currently, the ASG funds projects in three categories: projects that target care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable children, projects that promote human rights for key populations, and projects that support community development in the larger community.

Global Fund for Women (GFW) Up to $15,000 Travel Grants and Up to $30,000 Event Organising Grants for Women Organizations 2017

The application is ongoing.

Global Fund for Women focuses on issues that are of vital importance to women and girls. In particular, we support women’s rights organizations working as part of movements to prevent violence, advance women’s political and economic empowerment, and further sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Applicants would have to be based in a country outside the United States. The organization must have a primary focus on advancing women’s equality and human rights, with these goals clearly reflected in its activities. Please note that groups whose sole purpose is to generate income or to provide charity to individuals are not eligible.

The organization must be a group of women working together. Requests from individuals are not accepted and projects proposed by or for the benefit of individuals (including scholarships) are not funded.

The organization must be governed, directed, and led by women. Women must fill all or most of the leadership roles throughout the various decision-making levels of the group (including but not limited to the most senior decision-making levels).

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Call for Proposals

Deadline – 8th November, 2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently accepting proposals for the 20th round of Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE) on the topic “Novel Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunization Birthdose and Healthcare Worker Skill in Low-Resource Settings” in order to reduce child mortality through novel approaches that improve quality of care in primary health facilities and prevention of vaccine preventable deaths. The amount awarded in Phase I is up to $100,000. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000. GCE is open to both foreign and domestic non-profit organizations but preference will be given to proposals where the field work is done in India, Nigeria or Ethiopia. The deadline is 8th November 2017.