Rhodes Scholars South African Programme (RSSAF)

RSSAF gives small grants of up to £1,500 to programmes of economic, political and social development in sub-Saharan Africa. Priority is given to projects less likely to secure funding from large donors and to projects with which Rhodes Scholars or other Oxford students/staff are associated. RSSAF gives priority to organisations that have not received RSSAF funding in the past.

Chief S. L. Edu Research Grant

Research grants are currently available from the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) for Nigerians interested in pursuing a PhD in nature conservation or sustainable livelihoods. Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited PhD programme at a Nigerian University and propose a research topic aligned with NCF’s mission.

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.

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).

UNICEF Learning Think Pieces: Call for Submission

Deadline – 29th November, 2017

The UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Regional Office is calling for applications from individuals or groups who have salient experience working in education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or other developing country contexts. The Think Piece aims to stimulate new debate and reflections in advancing quality education and learning in the East and South African Region. Authors can be of any nationality and can be academic professionals, practitioners, consultants or staff of donors, NGOs or other organizations involved in development. UNICEF particularly welcomes applicants from Africa and the Global South.

MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity

Deadline – 30th November, 2017

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity aims to support innovative ideas that have the potential to grow to scale and also have a deep social impact on the lives of rural poor people throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. The 2017 Rolling Competition seeks to provide funds for innovative financial products, services or processes from organizations that will design, pilot and test new ideas, as well as those that aim to expand proven ideas into new geographies or a new customer segment in rural and agricultural areas.

Call for Applications: ARASA 2018 Training of Trainers Programme

Deadline – 30th November, 2017

The Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) Organization is a regional partnership of over 115 non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights based response to HIV and TB in southern and east Africa, through capacity building and advocacy. The programme is for individuals who are passionate about making a change in their communities and in the lives of people living with HIV or TB. The training is held for 38 participants, two people from 18 countries in South and East Africa. It aims to develop a pool of human rights advocates with expertise on HIV, TB, SRHR and human rights in the region, which in turn contributes to increased advocacy on these issues in the countries and also at the regional level.

African Women’s Public Service Fellowship   

Deadline –  1st December 2017.

The African Women’s Public Service Fellowship funded by Oprah Winfrey Foundation, enables women in Africa to gain knowledge in public service at NYU Wagner. The fellowship applicants will thereafter impact on the public service in their home countries and contribute to the development efforts there. The fellowship covers full tuition funding and other expenses. Deadline for application is 1st December, 2017.

2018 Golden Baobab Prize

Deadline –  1st December 2017.

Golden Baobab is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize. The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize offers a distinct platform for professional African writers and illustrators to kick-start their careers. Winners of the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize will receive a cash prize of 5,000 USD. In addition to press publicity, winning stories are guaranteed a publishing deal, finalist writers are connected with publishers across Africa and finalist illustrators participate in exhibitions and workshops. The final deadline for submission is 1st December 2017.

The Voice Nigeria Sudden Opportunity Grant

Deadline – 31st December, 2017

The Sudden Opportunity Grant provides funds to civil society organizations that work in collaborations and are engaged in interventions on problems that threaten the civil society space in Nigeria. It also assists organisations in using the available opportunities to influence policies that affect Voice target groups in Nigeria. The grant is available from €5000 to €200,000 for an intervention that will last for 12 months.

Voice Uganda Sudden Opportunity Grant  

Deadline: 31st December 2017.

The Voice Uganda is making a call to civil society organisations who are involved   in activities that address discrimination, injustice and other problems that threaten civil rights and development in communities. The grant is intended for organizations working in groups and between $50,000 to $200,000 will be given for an intervention that will last for 6-12 months.

Friends of Liberia: Small Grant Program

Deadline: 1st, January, 2018.

The Friends of Liberia Small Grant Program is providing programmes in education, psycho-social support system rehabilitation and entrepreneurship with small grants of up to $3000. Individual applicants or organisations must be Liberian and the programmes must be sustainable, as well as have a clear impact in the society. The Deadline for application is 1st January, 2018.

Call For Application: APN Individual Research Grant 

Deadline: 5th, January, 2018.

The African PeaceBuilding Network invites individuals engaged in research on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Africa to apply for its Individual Research Grant Programme. The aim of the grant is to increase the calibre and  availability of African peacebuilding research to the regional and global audience.

U.S. African Development Foundation: Call for proposals

Deadline – 29th January, 2018

The U.S. African Development Foundation has made a call for proposals from 100% African-owned agricultural enterprises, associations and co-operatives. These organisations must be working to increase revenues and incomes, as well as generate opportunities for farmers. The maximum award amount available is $250,000. Deadline for submission is 29th January, 2018.

Miss. Africa Seed Fund 2018

Deadline – 2nd February 2018.

The Miss. Africa Initiative led by DCA Academy is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for its Seed Fund in Africa that will give grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase their digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles. The 2018 Seed Grant is $ 5,000. To be eligible, apply as an individual (at least 18 years of age), or a representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO) or social enterprise based in Africa. The deadline is 2nd February 2018.