Discover what funds and platforms are available to support NPOs and others making a difference.

The Global Resilience Fund for Girls and Young Women - Deadline - 03 August 2020

The Global Resilience Fund supports girl and young women activists at this watershed moment, with fully flexible rapid response grants of up to $5,000. Applications for the fund are now open!

We are accepting applications from:

Registered and unregistered community organisations led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth with incomes of below $50,000 per year.

Informal collectives led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth with incomes of below $50,000 per year

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Rapid Response Funding: COVID and Women’s Rights

Following the first round of funding applications for the Women Voice and Leadership Fund, the Rapid Response window is reopening on a rolling basis, with a special emphasis on mitigating the effect of COVID on Women’s Rights. More information on the gender dimensions of COVID can be found here. The funding from Global Affairs Canada is being augmented by funds from UKAID. The minimum amount available for Rapid Response Grants to the grantees is R20,000 with a maximum amount of R50,000. The grants are available for a period of three months to one year. The window will remain open until the Rapid Response window for this year is exhausted. All applications must be done online. You will first need to determine if you are eligible. If you are, you will receive a link for the full application. GL and the Grants Selection Committee will endeavour to respond within two weeks. Please direct any questions to Nomthandazo Mankazana Mokoa- Grants Coordinator,

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Please note: This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted until further notice. We aim to send out decisions every two weeks, but the volume of submissions might slow that process at times.
In the most difficult of times, journalism can play several roles in supporting communities around the globe. It can disseminate critical information to keep people safe and informed, it can illuminate stories that bring us hope and remind us of our shared human experience, and it can help us find and share solutions to wicked problems.

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Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa is inviting all donors, corporates, philanthropists and all change-makers to pledge their support and donate to the COVID-19 response emergency fund aimed at assisting communities in rural areas and informal settlements to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The GlobalGiving Accelerator

Training and support so you can build your strategy. A crowdfunding campaign so you can earn the funding you need. Rewards and global recognition to celebrate your success.

The GlobalGiving Accelerator is an opportunity for you and your organization to build skills, access tools, and grow your base of supporters to achieve crowdfunding success. When you graduate, your organization becomes a permanent member of GlobalGiving, and you’ll have access to all the tools, training, and one-on-one support available in the GlobalGiving community.

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Emergency Grants in South Africa to Mitigate the Impact of Covid-19

Emergency Grants for Community Responses to Mitigate the Impact of Covid-19 in Marginalised Communities in South Africa.

Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa (HIDSA) invites eligible organizations to apply for funding to bolster South Africa’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sanlam Investments plans a R7bn Covid-19 support fund

Without the help of the long-term savings industry, South Africa will lose a chunk of its productive capacity and with it jobs. Slowly the industry is seeing that it has a responsibility to step up.
As business confidence in South Africa falls to its lowest point since 1977, Sanlam Investments, which manages more than R400-billion on behalf of clients, has invested R2.5-billion of its own capital into three new funds designed to support South African companies negatively affected by the Covid-19 lockdown.

The R2.5-billion is seed capital and Sanlam hopes to raise another R4.5-billion from other institutional investors set on re-igniting economic growth.

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BASA has expanded the scope of its Supporting Grants programme. While the existing opportunities for funding for arts organisations and business sponsors are still available, eligibility is now extended to support South African artists and creatives infected or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus of the Supporting Grants programme is normally on amplifying and extending existing partnerships between arts and businesses that aim to meaningfully impact society through shared value and social cohesion. However, the widespread cancellation of festivals, music concerts, exhibitions, productions and other events in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is nothing anyone could have anticipated, and it’s clear that the effect on the creative sector is devastating.

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Open Society grant: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - Closing date- 22 JULY 2020

OSISA is a grant making and advocacy foundation that is a part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. Take a look at the application guidelines to make the process of applying for funds and technical assistance from OSISA easier. If you work for a civil society organization in Southern Africa, especially if you work for one that is locally constituted, then we are keen to hear from you.

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PEAK PROPOSALS: Africa Funding Sources

If you work for an organization based in Africa, you can identify potential funding sources several ways. Some of the strategies--like combing through a donor database--will be identical to those used by a U.S.-based organization. Other strategies are going to be region specific.

To find potential sources of funding, the first step is to identify funders that give money to organizations based in Africa. The donors listed to the left have all funded projects based in Africa. The list has been broken into four broad project categories: agriculture, education, HIV/AIDS, and women. To uncover potential funders, begin your research by visiting the websites of each of the donors listed under the category relevant to your work. On the donor websites you should be able to find information about the donor's programmatic interests, the names of past grantees, and information about current funding opportunities.

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Funding Opportunities: Impact your community

We make opportunities accessible to organizations and individuals.

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DRK Foundation – Core Funding

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies. Our goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment.

Prospects for our portfolio of social enterprises come from a vast field of compelling ideas and dedicated leaders. We concentrate our selection on the capabilities of the founder/leader, the scalability of the model, and the potential impact of the organization on the world.

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African Elephant Fund: COVID 19 Call for Project Proposals (Closing date : 06 July 2020)

The African Elephant Fund (AEF) Secretariat just launched the tenth round of call for project proposals with a deadline of 06 July 2020 , midnight East Africa Time. The purpose of this call is to allow African elephant range States to seek emergency funding to address elephant conservation challenges related to COVID 19 for the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan.

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Call for Applications - Collective Care and Healing

As a Women’s Fund, Urgent Action Fund-Africa is committed to supporting the resilience and wellbeing of African
women’s human rights defenders (AWHRDS) to think through and implement collective care and healing practices. The Fund is
prioritizing collective care and healing as a direct and structured response to the collective distress that women and gender nonconforming communities face, which are caused by persistent forms of exclusion, violence and marginalization. The Fund’s support
will go towards responding to the moment of crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Charities Aid Foundation: GRANT PROGRAMMES

We recognise that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is a major global event, and that the current situation may have a far reaching impact on charities and community organisations. There are many changes to ‘business as usual’ being proposed by funding organisations and commercial businesses for their grant making.

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Grants for NGOs in South Africa

Current Call for Proposals 2020/2021 for Developing Countries and NGO Grants List 2020/2021 - Funding Opportunities for Charities - 2020 Grants for Non-Profit Organizations

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Vodacom foundation

Applications for funding are open to registered Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs). Projects must be:

  • Relevant and focused – in supporting our focus areas on health, education, and safety and security, and providing innovative mobile technology solutions to address key needs in these sectors in South Africa.
  • Measurable - projects must have clearly defined, evidence-based goals that can be tracked through their lifespan.
  • Efficient and effective - projects must have monitoring systems in place to demonstrate their efficiency in running the initiative and their effectiveness in achieving the desired outcomes and impacts.
  • Distinctive and scalable - projects must demonstrate innovation and, if proven, have the potential to be rolled out to other parts of South Africa to create a greater impact.
  • Sustainable - projects must be able to sustain themselves financially, technically and operationally once Vodacom Foundation funding has ended.

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ISTAT Foundation Covid-19 Relief Grants for NGOs Worldwide

The ISTAT Foundation is seeking applications from established, registered non-profit, non-governmental organizations worldwide that are directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, have an aviation connection and a strong financial need.

The ISTAT Foundation’s mission is to support individuals and institutions that promote the advancement of commercial aviation and humanitarianism.

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COVID-19 Relief funding and Loan Packages

COVID-19 Relief funding and Loan Packages offered by South African Government Departments and other Organisations

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This is a call for applications for funding for activities that provide an immediate response to Human Rights violations with a social emphasis on mitigating the effects of COVID 19. The activities will have the overall aim of empowering vulnerable communities, especially during this unfortunate time. Recognising that the current global COVID-19 crisis is not just a health crisis but also a socioeconomic crisis, its impact is cross cutting and raises a number of diverse human rights concerns. Therefore it is encouraged to consider activities that are not only implementable during the current shifting restrictions but also address issues such as access for basic needs, access to education and mental health etc.

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Help South Africa respond to this unprecedented crisis

The director of the WHO Regional Office for Africa warned that COVID-19 will spread rapidly throughout the African continent if immediate steps are not taken to contain it. While the pandemic poses a daunting threat to the developed world, this will likely pale in comparison to its impact on Africa, where many healthcare systems are much more fragile.

Working with its local partners, the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) is launching Emergency Response Funds for several African countries at risk of being dangerously impacted by COVID-19. Each one of these Emergency Response Funds will pool contributions from donors, and distribute their generosity to the nonprofits listed on the country page. These include local nonprofits working on the frontlines of their country's response - disseminating clear and factual information about the disease, working on prevention through access to water and soap, and providing much needed services to the most vulnerable groups, such as the poor and the elderly. Also listed are hospitals that will need additional beds, emergency equipment and basic supplies.

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Apply for COVID-19 business support for your guest house or bed and breakfast

We are offering various options to help alleviate financial stress for guest house and bed and breakfast (B&B) owners in Cape Town during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Relief packages and support to South Africans amid the COVID-19 pandemic

In recent weeks, the South African Government (“SA Government”) has implemented various interim measures to curb the immediate and longer-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and individuals. Relief and/or interim measures are not available for all sectors at present.
However, banking, property and many other sectors (other than retail assets) can likely expect future measures put in place to assist in curtailing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on sector performance in general.

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The COVID-19 Response Mechanism supports countries in responding to COVID-19

The COVID-19 Response Mechanism supports countries in responding to COVID-19, mitigating the impact on programs to fight HIV, TB and malaria, and initiating urgent improvements in health and community systems.

With an initial allocation of US$500 million, for countries with an allocation for 2020-2022 the COVID-19 Response Mechanism leverages the principle of country ownership and allows countries to request funding for control and containment, including laboratory networks, supply chains, and community-led responses. Funding from the response mechanism is in addition to the funding available through grant flexibilities.

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This moment is uncertain. This moment is scary and unprecedented. All aspects of life, work, school, movement culture, and activism are shifting. But we are resilient.

UAF’s model of rapid response funding was built for moments like this, where quick infusions of funding can address immediate and urgent needs. As we see the COVID-19 pandemic continue to intensify and spread, we know that it will have a significant impact on the health, economic and wellbeing conditions of women, LBTIQ activists and movements, Black and Brown communities, and those living with disabilities.

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Social relief of distress

Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown
Applications for the R350 SASSA Social relief of distress grants are now open.

Applicants must be:
- Above the age of 18;
- Unemployed;
- Not receiving any income;
- Not receiving any social grant;
- Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;
- Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme; and
- Not resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.

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Peace First Launches Rapid Response Grants to Address COVID-19.

As you know, the WHO has declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, and has recommended communities take social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Globally, COVID-19 is more than a public health challenge — it has laid bare the consequences of persistent systemic inequality for all to see, and is threatening our social fabric, mental health, trust in institutions, and the economic security of billions of people.

This is a critical time for all of us to support each other. In this moment of obligation, we have a responsibility to act with care and caution, both towards ourselves and each other. And as a global community, we know that this is a key moment to take action.

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FoodFwd charity organisation helping those in need Covid19

In order to maintain membership with FoodShare, Beneficiary Organisations (BOs) need to meet the below minimum requirements. Failure to comply with the guidelines in this handbook may result in a change of membership status with FoodShare, including reorientation, suspension, and / or termination.

Given the large number of BOs that require assistance, compared with the limited resources available to FoodShare, the following criteria was developed to ensure that the neediest and most credible beneficiary organisations are assisted, thereby safeguarding that the support will reach the intended recipients – the food insecure poor. The criteria for assistance to BOs may be reviewed and / or amended from time to time.

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The COVID-19 SUPPORT FINDER has been built based on very simple input criteria and serves only as a way to conveniently link individuals and businesses to funding and relief measures that might correlate to their search criteria. The purpose of the tool is to help companies and individuals navigate the plethora of information available online in a simple manner. Results provided by the Fund Finder tool will not necessarily match the user’s needs or criteria in each case, and it should not be assumed that it will provide a workable match in each case. The Fund Finder tool and the website provides an overview of a large number of available funding and relief measures, but does not necessarily include everything that is available.

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List of South African charities to support during the lockdown and always!

South Africa (20 May 2020) – We have had hundreds of emails and messages ranging from people looking for help to people wanting to offer help. We have been directing them to the charities we know of but a conclusive list is what was needed.

We have spent the better part of the day tracking down all the information you may need to select a charity to support.

Below we have listed all the different kinds of charities that are in need of help, you can find them sorted into different categories for ease of reference. We will try link to as many of their platforms as possible where you will be able to get in contact. For privacy reasons, we are unable to provide any phone numbers without direct permission.

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Cape Town Magazine | Charities page

From feeding schemes to homeless shelters and animals in need

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on South Africa’s economy, with the poor and vulnerable suffering the most. With many people unable to work since the lockdown began, they need our support now more than ever. Here are 11 things you can do to help.

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COVID-19 SMME Common Application Form
Government appeals to employers to apply to UIF fund

As South Africa awaits more details about the move to Level 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown, the government announced that the Unemployment Insurance Fund has paid out R3.3-billion, which will reach 862,000 workers. Many employees, however, are still missing out.

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Keys to Nonprofit Success in Complex Times

Nonprofits are invaluable as they support communities who will suffer due to the combined impact of illness and economic repercussion caused by the virus and current economic volatility. This presents significant and unique challenges for the entire sector.

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Covid-19 crisis funding: Where to apply

In recent weeks, the South African government and various private sector players have implemented interim measures to curb the immediate and longer-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on business and industry.

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Open Society Foundations

Funding will fall into four buckets: efforts to support low-income workers—domestic workers, care givers, the undocumented, those in the informal and gig economies; to protect refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers, who face new COVID-19–related risks with virtually no structural supports; to ensure that as treatments and vaccines emerge, they are available and accessible by all; and to counter the populist narratives and authoritarian power grabs we’ve seen in response to this crisis at the expense of civil liberties and human rights.

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Community Chest – Western Cape

Community Chest has established a National Emergency COVID-19 Health Fund. With the aim to fight this virus on three levels: Funding, Fortification and Future. This will be done in partnership with civil society partners contributing to the immediate health of vulnerable communities and fast-tracking service delivery.

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Funds for Corona Virus Relief

Candid is compiling a list of funds specifically established in the wake of coronavirus. The list focuses on funds hosted at US-based foundations that serve nonprofits, though others outside of this criteria may appear as well.

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The Mergon Gap Fund

Africa is facing unrivalled challenges as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. NPOs play a vital role within our communities across Africa. Our governments can’t do it alone. The Mergon Foundation has a long history of carefully selecting exceptional NPO partners that who have a track record of delivering essential services to communities in need. We have partnership bases in South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.

Many of these NPOs are seeing their funds decrease at this time, whilst the need for their services is growing exponentially. This leaves those on the frontline, caring for thousands of vulnerable people, under increasingly crippling funding pressures. Let’s help them carry the load. Your generous support will allow these NPOs to not just continue their valuable work, but in many cases, enable them to step up and fulfil an even bigger role than they have previously.

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Emergency Funding for Gauteng NPOs Involved in Feeding Programmes and Food

South African registered Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) or Public Benefit Organisations (PBOs) rendering feeding programme services in Gauteng now have an opportunity to secure additional funding amid the current COVID-19 crisis.

Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (CAFSA) is pleased to announce that Oppenheimer Generations Foundation has made emergency funding available. This funding is offered on a once-off basis and is specifically to support small organisations that are delivering essential food to vulnerable communities.

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The UCOOK Food Fund (closed: please visit this link for further information)

The UCOOK Food Fund has one mission – to feed as many people in need as possible. Only by working together and standing united can we ensure that no one needs to go hungry in South Africa over this challenging period.

With your help, we’re donating money to support incredible partners who are dedicated to eradicating hunger across the country. Every rand raised through the UCOOK Food Fund will go towards ensuring that the people affected most by the economic fallout have enough nutritious food to eat every day. Here’s how it works.

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COVID-19 in South Africa – An Overview of the NGO Funding Situation and Fundraising Efforts

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic also have far-reaching implications for the role that NGOs play in the lives of millions of South Africans. The more than 220 000 NGOs registered with the Department of Social Development, as well as many community-based organisations, perform crucial development, humanitarian and advocacy functions, and are an integral part of the fabric of our society.

Unfortunately, most NGOs are dependent on grant funding and individual donations to support their operations. As local and international funders are also affected by economic downturns, less funding will be available to support NGOs.

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Back a Buddy

A listing of fundraising efforts in support of organisations registered on the platform that are involved in COVID-19 activities, or whose work has been affected by the pandemic. 

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Global Grant Community

In these challenging times, the world needs to come together to help those most vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19. Less affluent communities, in the global south and the global north, are vulnerable to the spread of the virus as self-isolation, self-quarantine and social distancing will be challenging.

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Meedan’s Check Global program (closed: please visit this link for further information)

In an attempt to support independent media, fact-checkers, citizen journalists, activists, and technology and digital literacy enthusiasts in their efforts to cover the outbreak, Meedan’s Check Global program is launching the COVID-19 Microgrants, specifically aimed at groups working within the context of emerging economies (North Africa/West Asia, Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific region).

Post Date - 20-Apr-2020
Deadline Date - 30-Apr-2020

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The Africa Takes on COVID-19 Challenge (closed: please visit this link for further information)

The Challenge is focused on solving some of the most pressing problems that are resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Participants are encouraged to come with these problems in mind, but you don’t need to have an answer in hand. You’ll work with teams to develop solutions that will have a meaningful impact on the COVID-19 crisis.

Post Date - 22-Apr-2020
Deadline Date - 28-Apr-2020

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Commonwealth Youth Council - Covid 19 Rapid Response Mini-Grants (closed: please visit this link for further information)

The Commonwealth Youth Council believes it the role of young people in addressing this pandemic and its consequences and is launching a rapid response grant process to help young people within the Commonwealth lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19.

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