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

City invites NGOs to apply for Grant-in-Aid funding - 19 April 2022
The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development (SD&ECD) Department has made available R6,5 million for non-profit organisations (NPOs) to apply for Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding for projects and programmes to assist persons living on the street. Click here for more details.
Gender Fund: 20 December 2021
This open call is an invitation to Global South and locally-rooted organizations – civil society groups, think-tanks and academic institutions, professional associations and networks, women’s rights groups, and feminist and allied movements, among others. Through this Fund, Co-Impact will support initiatives that are working to make systems just and inclusive and advance women’s leadership at all levels. We invite you to apply and join us in moving towards the common goal of transforming systems for women and girls to rise and thrive in leadership positions at all levels – in the household, in their communities and the highest national institutions. The deadline for submission is 20 December 2021. Click here for more details.
2022 AFP ICON Blackbaud Development Fund Diversity Scholarship
Through a partnership with Blackbaud, AFP Global is offering scholarships for the full registration cost of AFP ICON in Las Vegas, NV, May 2 - 4 2022. Scholarship candidates must identify as a member of a diverse community, have not previously attended an AFP ICON event, and have at least 1 year of experience as a fundraising professional. As a Blackbaud Diversity Scholar, you must consent to providing a testimonial to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy about the impact of receiving the scholarship and agree that your name will be listed as a Blackbaud Scholar and shared with Blackbaud. Click here for more details.
Google Ad Grants
Google Ad Grants are an excellent fundraising and marketing tool in which Google provides approved nonprofits and charities $10,000 per month in free advertising credit to spend on Google Ads. This $10,000 monthly allotment automatically renews each month so long as the organization stays in compliance with the Google Ad Grants requirement rules. There is no maximum benefit and there is no additional application for future months or years. Click here for more details.
2022 Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund
Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, has committed US$1 Million towards a Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) in Sub-Saharan Africa that will provide financial support to African creatives to access quality tertiary education in film and TV-focused disciplines at sought-after academic programmes/institutions. This is part of Netflix’s ongoing efforts to invest in Africa’s creative industries and for more diverse and new voices to tell African stories. For the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Netflix has partnered with social investment fund management and advisory firm Tshikululu Social Investments as implementing partner/fund administrator, with the responsibility of successfully executing the project in Southern Africa. Click here for more details.
Didymus grant: 31 December 2021
All applications must be made through the website. Submissions may be made at any time but applications received less than six weeks before a trustees meeting will be considered at the following trustees meeting. Dates of the trustees meetings for the year and the deadlines for applications for these meetings are available on the final tab. Stage 1 Potential applicants must complete our short, online eligibility quiz If you are eligible for funding, the quiz will direct you to our online application page Submit your application on the online application page. Please refer to our privacy policy before submitting your information. Click here for more details.
The British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) Grant
The BFSS supports charitable organisations running UK and International projects to improve access to education or the quality of education for vulnerable or deprived children and young people under the age of 25. We award approximately £900,000 in new grants every year through 2 grant rounds. See our Application Process & Key Dates for when to apply. Click here for more details.
RISE Fellowship Program 2021 : Closing date - 31 August
Applications are open for the RISE Fellowship Program 2021. RISE by Sundara’s fellowship supports early-stage female entrepreneurs (or female-led NGOs) working to resolve critical water, sanitation or hygiene issues in emerging economies. Through the fellowship, successful applications will receive seed-funding, mentorship and business resources for a year. Click here for more details.
Film grants for AfriFilm grants for African filmmakers 2021can filmmakers 2021
The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. Click here for more details.
Resilience Fellowship 2022 - 15 November 2021
he Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) is pleased to announce the third edition of the Resilience Fellowship, which for 2022 will have environmental crime as its theme. The Fellowship builds a platform for cross-sectoral, global and interdisciplinary collaboration between civil society actors, human rights activists, journalists, artists, scholars, policymakers, grassroots community leaders and others working to counter the effects of organized crime. Click here for more details.
Global Impact Cash Grant Program
Cisco welcomes applications for Global Impact Cash Grants from community partners around the world who share our vision and offer an innovative approach to a critical social challenge. The Cisco Foundation in April 2021 committed $100 million over ten years to fund climate solutions. We are not currently accepting unsolicited requests for funding climate solutions. Applications are on an invitation-only basis as we launch, but will be opened for general applications starting November/December 2021. Thank you for your interest, and please check this page periodically for updates. Click here for more details.
GE Foundation Announces Grant to Provide COVID-19 Relief in South Africa
To mark World Food Day celebrated annually on 16 October and in line with GE Foundation’s ( efforts to address the economic and social implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GE Foundation announced a donation of $100,000 USD to provide immediate relief to South Africa’s communities experiencing food insecurity. The donation will fund Food Forward SA ( and help to provide more than 20,000 people with one meal per day for 12 months in Soweto and Alexandra townships, which have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic. In addition to the organisation’s donation, GE employees can support relief efforts through its 1:1 Matching Gifts Programme. Click here for more details.
Charles Hayward Foundation - MAIN GRANT PROGRAMME - OVERSEAS
In this category we are looking to fund projects that improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged communities in Commonwealth Countries of Africa. Click here for more details.
Dubai Cares - United Nations Sustainable Development Goal
Dubai Cares is playing a key role in helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030, by supporting programs in early childhood development, access to quality primary and secondary education, technical and vocational education and training for youth as well as a particular focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises. Click here for more details.
With a budget of over R205 billion, the Department of Social Development plans to support various projects and initiatives and improve services during the 2021/22 financial year. Minister Lindiwe Zulu presented her department's Budget vote on Tuesday. Click here for more details.
The Intercultural Innovation Award
Cultural diversity can bring important societal and economic benefits, but successful management of cultural diversity requires promoting intercultural dialogue and building inclusive societies. So we have developed an award. We identify and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue around the world. Click here for more details.
The David and Elaine Potter Foundation Funding
We are secular and non-political. The majority of our grants will be used to support projects in Education and Civil Society. We recognise the benefits of unrestricted funding and we will consider providing grants which are not restricted to the direct costs of a particular project or programme and which can be used for general core costs. We are willing to provide multi-year grants up to a maximum of three years where the needs of the programme or organisation require it. We are willing to enter into co-funding partnerships with other grant making organisations. Click here for more details.
National Endowment for Democracy Grant- Closing date: 25 June 2021
Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. Each year, NED makes more than 1,600 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. Click here for more details.
Didymus Grant : 31 December 2021
To be eligible to apply for a grant from Didymus, you must be:
  • A registered charity
  • Applying for work based in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Africa or Central and South America
  • Applying for work that fulfils ones of our five goals
  • Applying for £5000 or less
  • Have an annual income of less than £2 million.
Click here for more details.
EQUITABLE CLASSROOMS - Closing date: 16 June 2021
The pandemic has upended entire education systems, with an estimated 1.5 billion primary and secondary learners’ (ages 5-18) education disrupted. Some schools have shifted to distance learning, while others shut down completely. Many have had limited operations for months. These disruptions exacerbate pre-existing education inequalities along wealth, gender, ethnicity, linguistic, and geographical lines. Primary and secondary school students have shown incredible resilience in the face of these challenges, yet if not addressed, unfinished learning could represent a $10 trillion loss in lifetime earnings. Click here for more details.
NYDA calls for NPO Proposals: Closing Date: 20 March 2021
The NYDA calls for youth-led and youth-focused NPOs to submit solution-oriented National Youth Service (NYS) Projects that address socio-economic challenges faced by young people in communities. This call is to acknowledge the good work done by many youth organisations and mobilize more organisations to develop and initiate interventions that would involve young people in activities that benefit communities while developing critical skills needed for their participation in the economy. Click here for more details.
A crisis has developed in the ECD sector in South Africa related to Covid-19, lockdown measures put in place since March 2020, and the October ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund released by the Presidency, and currently being managed by the National Department of Social Development. The proposed ECD Stimulus Package is going to miss the mark as the ECD stimulus package must be paid out in less than 6 weeks, before the financial year ends 31st March 2021, whilst the looming deadline for applications from ECD workers ends this Friday 19 February (with only a two-week window having been made available for applications). Click here for more details.
Emergency Grants in South Africa to Mitigate the Impact of Covid-19- Closing date: ongoing
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. Click here for more details.
German Embassy Funding for NGOs 2021/2022- Closing date: ongoing
The Federal Government of Germany allocates funding to develop small-scale projects initiated by local NGOs in the field of technical cooperation. The calls for proposal, assessment of submitted projects, and administration of funding depends on your local German Embassy. Click here for more details.
Research Grant Funding
Research Grants for individuals, scholars, organizations & institutions. Financial support for research. Grants/Funding available to support scientists and research in the humanities & social sciences. Click here for more details.
Small Project and Support Fund Grants in South Africa 2021- Closing date: ongoing
The Small Project and Support Fund (SPSF) is a project funded by Bread for the World (BfdW) to support small local initiatives that are made up of committed and dedicated people. Click here for more details.
US Embassy Small Grants in South Africa: Closing date-30 May 2021
U.S. Consulate Cape Town Public Affairs Section - Annual Program Statement. The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town’s Public Affairs Section (PAS Cape Town) of the U.S. Department of State announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in applying for funding for program proposals that strengthen ties and build relation-ships between the U.S. and South Africa. Click here for more details. 
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. Click here for more details.
Feminist Review Trust Fund Grants for Women Projects
The Feminist Review Trust is seeking applications from eligible entities for its program that gives grants to projects in the UK and internationally that support women. These grants represent the diversity of women’s lives globally and support the creativity which with women fight the inequalities they face. Click here for more details.
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Grants for Entrepreneurs and NGOs-Closing date: ongoing
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is accepting applications for its grants program with an aim to achieve substantial positive change in the world. The team conducts deep diligence on social enterprises that move to the final stages of consideration, as many of the proposed ventures are cutting edge. Click here for more details.
Rapid Response Funding for COVID and Women Rights in South Africa
Applications are now open for the Rapid Response window with a special emphasis on mitigating the effect of COVID on Women's Rights. Rapid Response Funding is for discreet activities and short projects including delivery mechanisms that would allow nimble and timely response to unforeseen events where it is strategic that action be taken. Click here for more details.
The Embattled CSO Assistance Fund
The Embattled CSO Assistance Fund; ICNL is part of the civil society consortium led by Freedom House implementing Lifeline: the Embattled CSO Assistance Fund. This fund, which is supported by 18 governments and two foundations, provides support to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack. Click here for more details.
The Young Leaders Access Program is a year-long program that prepares young people, 18 to 26, to become leaders of change in their communities through leadership development, global citizenship, self-awareness, and vision planning. Throughout the whole year, YLP team, mentors, and mentees all work together to impact communities through innovative ideas and concrete projects, hence truly accomplishing the purpose of Local Change Through Global Exchange. Click here for more details.
Call for Nominations for 3rd Cycle of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award - Closing date: 30 April 2021
In the 1st and 2nd cycles of the award, 20 applicants, including individuals, pioneering organisations, and research centres, were awarded for their innovative models that produce clean water using solar power. While the two previous cycles were successful, Suqia UAE is pleased to announce the expansion of the scope of the award to include new technologies that produce, distribute, store, monitor, desalinate and purify water using renewable energy. A renewable energy source includes solar, wind, biomass, ocean, gradient salinity and geothermal technologies. It excludes nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage systems. Click here for more details.
2021 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship - Closing date : 26 February 2021
The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists committed to human rights and social justice reporting. During this fellowship, the selected journalist will have the chance to complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and to participate in internships with The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Click here for more details.
International Green Gown Awards
The International Green Gown Awards are supported by UN Environment and are open to any university or college across the world. Recognising exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world's universities and colleges, the International Green Gown Awards set the bar and put every learning institution at the heart of delivering the UN Global Goals. Click here for more details.
Tshikululu clients that are currently accepting funding applications
The following clients are currently accepting funding applications. For more information on a specific call for applications, please click the relevant link below. Click here for more details.
Apply now for a grant of up to £50k from the Digital Collaboration Fund
Grants now available to support arts organisations to collaborate internationally We are offering grants of up to £50k to organisations in the UK and selected countries overseas(including South Sfrica) to collaborate digitally on international projects. Click here for more details.
Are you a creative hit hard by Covid-19? Apply for a slice of a R22m relief fund
Creatives are being encouraged to apply for a slice of an R22 million rand relief funding pie as government announces it's making a once-off grant available to those negatively affected by the Covid-19 crisis. For months those in the cultural and creative industries have bemoaned the lack of support being offered to them in light of the effects of the national lockdown. Click here for more details.
Call for applications: Creative industry stimulus programme in SA
The National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) is calling on artists, athletes and recreation professions to apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP), which aims to retain and create jobs in the arts, sports and culture sectors. Click here for more details.
Request for Applications for Grant-In-Aid Funding: 2020/21 Arts and Culture: Closing Date: 27 November 2020
The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Branch invites applications for funding from Arts, Culture and Heritage organisations and institutions located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cape Town. Proposals should focus on providing creative and innovative cultural programmes and/or services through arts, culture and heritage that: Click here for more details.
After significant efforts made by ECD practitioners across the country during the #SaveOurECDWorkforce Campaign in August 2020, practitioners now know that their calls for support have not gone unheard. The week-long national protest (17 to 21 August) saw members of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) community and supporters of their plight protesting against the announcement made by Department of Social Development (DSD) Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, on 30 July 2020. Minister Zulu stated that R1.3 billion out of the President’s Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Package would be allocated to the short term employment of 36 000 youth compliance monitors for ECD programmes. An illogical allocation when without urgent financial aid, more than 175 000 long-term ECD workforce jobs were likely to be decimated as a result of the pandemic and the national lockdown. Click here for more details.
Johannesburg, 22 October 2020 - Following the Solidarity Fund’s announcement of its second phase of Gender-Based-Violence support on 16 September, the Fund now opens a call for funding applications from community-based organisations (CBO) in the GBV sector who stand to benefit from a once-off grant from the Fund ranging from R50 000 to R250 000. Applicants should be CBOs that perform or support critical activities and services related to addressing gender-based violence (GBV) across the country. Click here for more details.
City of Cape Town: NGOs invited to apply for a slice of more than R14m in grant funding -Closing date- 27 November 2020
NGOs invited to apply for a slice of more than R14m in grant funding The funding is for registered organisations working with vulnerable groups, and which complements the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department objectives. Read more below: The funding is available to qualifying organisations who work with the following groups: ·       Youth Development and education ·       Early childhood development (ECD) ·       Gender-based violence (GBV) ·       Persons with disabilities ·       LGBTQQIA+ ·       Street people Click here for more details.
Commonwealth Foundation: COVID-19: special grants call - 18 September 2020
The Foundation’s Grants Programme supports innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. In lieu of our annual grants call, we are launching a special grants call in response to the COVID–19 pandemic. Click here for more details.
Germany injects additional R100 million Covid-19 relief funding into Cape Town
The City of Cape Town and Germany have signed a financial agreement involving R100 million Covid-19 relief funding. The R100 million tops up an ongoing cooperation programme. It will be used to support more soup kitchens across Cape Town as well as Early Childhood Development centres. Click here for more details.
UK government donates to South Africa’s coronavirus Solidarity fund
The South African government has received a donation of R50 million from the United Kingdom, which will be channelled towards projects supporting and promoting women’s empowerment. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Alvin Botes received the monetary donation and participated in a signing ceremony with the UK government on Monday. Click here for more details.
Here are the new dates for South Africa’s TERS coronavirus relief payments
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), has extended the processing of new Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) benefit claims for April to September following consultations with social partners at Nedlac. The TERS applies to employers who are facing distress and are unable to pay salaries due to the lockdown. The payments are part of a government-wide response to ease the burden of the pandemic and to ensure that, to the extent possible, workers are not prejudiced by the lockdown. Click here for more details.
Small Project and Support Fund Grants in South Africa
The Small Project and Support Fund (SPSF) is a project funded by Bread for the World (BfdW) to support small local initiatives that are made up of committed and dedicated people. These people may belong to any of these structures: self-help groups, community based organisations (CBO’s), faith based organisations (FBO’s) or smaller non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) or small local networks and their members working within their vicinity and context to improve the lives of the marginalised. Click here for more details.
Water Funding for NGOs in Africa
Water Funding for NGOs in Africa: The Swiss nonprofit organization, WASSER FÜR WASSER (Water for Water) is providing funds local grassroots-based NGOs in Africa working in the field of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). Click here for more details.
Global Water Foundation Grants for Water and Sanitation 2020/21
The Global Water Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Water and Sanitation Grants Program. The Global Water Foundation is in the service of humanity: to help make the world a better place, a healthier place, a safer place and ultimately a place of peace and prosperity. Click here for more details.
Covid-19 Grants for Young People Worldwide 2020/2021
Applications are now open for the Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund (CYLF). This is a programme designed to support young leaders who are tackling the Covid-19 pandemic on the frontlines. Click here for more details.
Funding in Africa for Small Scale Community Development Projects
New Zealand High Commission Fund. The New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria invites applications under the New Zealand High Commission Fund. The New Zealand High Commission Fund supports small scale and short-term capacity and skills development projects implemented by organisations in several African countries. Click here foe more details.
Minister Mthethwa announces second wave of Covid-19 relief funding for sport
CAPE TOWN – Sport‚ Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced a second wave of Covid-19 relief funding in Pretoria on Monday. According to the Minister, the maximum amount of relief available per applicant is set at R6‚600. Athletes will have to apply between August 18 to August 31 should they qualify for relief. Click here for more details.
COVID-19 UNIVERSITY FUNDING has taken a look at available funding and has identified the following 15 philanthropic funding pots which appear to be relevant to universities and higher education. In all, these funds are making available over $2.75bn in emergency funding in the wake of Covid-19. In our view, universities appear to be well placed to benefit from these funds although eligibility criteria differs from fund to fund i.e. geography. Click here for more details.
City calls on registered NPOs and PBOs to apply for humanitarian food relief services
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds if not thousands of vulnerable communities continue to be adversely affected. The City’s Urban Management Directorate has secured R25 million for food relief during the 2020/2021 financial year. With this in mind, the City of Cape Town’s Urban Management Directorate is calling on registered NPOs and PBOs within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cape Town to apply to render food relief services to these beneficiaries. ‘Registered NPOs and PBOs must have experience in the preparation and distribution of cooked meals as well as the distribution of raw food products and the direct supervision of community-based organisations for the preparation and the distribution of cooked meals. Click here for more details.
#LivingtheLegacy: NGO’s in South Africa making a change
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing chaos all over the world and has seen people use different hand-washing techniques, retreat indoors and distance themselves from others in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. What happens to those who don’t have water readily available to wash their hands, who don’t have the online resources to learn, who can’t social distance and who can’t stay at home? This is a very real predicament in South Africa, where poverty and unemployment are prevalent. As we wrap up Mandela Month we have a look at three non-governmental organisations (NGO) who are getting involved and living Madiba’s legacy by helping those in need during this crisis. These local NGOs have set up Covid-19-specific campaigns to help bring relief to the communities and individuals who need it most. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more information.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
Funding Opportunities: Impact your community
We make opportunities accessible to organizations and individuals. Click here for more details. 
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details. 
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. Click here for more details.
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 Click here for more details.
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.
Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
COVID-19 Relief funding and Loan Packages
COVID-19 Relief funding and Loan Packages offered by South African Government Departments and other Organisations Click here to download the document.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here to read the full article. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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 Click here for more details
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 Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
Open Road’s COVID-19 Response
The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the impact sector has reached natural disaster proportions in its scope and scale, which means that the global need for our ‘emergency’ capital vastly outstrips our available resources. Given this reality, we have decided to use our limited resources to best serve the sector under the following circumstances: Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
The UN Trust Fund’s annual Call for Proposals
The UN Trust Fund’s annual Call for Proposals, which is available in six languages, accepts multi-year grant applications for up to US$1 million in English, French and Spanish. With its 24th grant cycle in 2020, the UN Trust Fund will fund civil society organizations working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and recovery to address and respond to the growing reports of the rise of violence against women and girls in the context of the current pandemic. Click here for more details.
SA entrepreneur launches fund to help people launch a “side hustle”
South African serial entrepreneur Nic Haralambous has launched the Slow Fund, which every day for a year will offer one person ZAR1,000 (US$67) and a 30-minute coaching call to yelp them launch the “side hustle” – or small business – they have been dreaming about. An accomplished entrepreneur who has sold three businesses in the past decade, Haralambous recently wrote a book called “How to Start a Side Hustle” that he believes can help many people finally start their side hustle. Click here for more details.