Funding call – Jana Robeyst Trust Fund

Deadline: 30 April 2018

The Jana Robeyst Trust Fund (JRTF) is inviting applications for its Small Conservation Grants for non-profit organisations and individuals to carry out vital field conservation work in Africa.

The Trust Fund donates up to 1 500 Euro per application. The intention is to provide small donations to ongoing projects or pilot programmes in the field of conservation.

Eligible project will have a clear conservation value.

Preference will go to projects in relation with elephants. Education projects will also be considered.
Travel costs for presentation of the project at a conference, or participation to workshop/training program will also be considered.
Purchase of field equipment if they are essential in completing field work

To apply:


Funding Call – Prins Claus Fund

Deadline 9 March 2018


The Prince Claus Fund is accepting concept notes for its 2018 Network Partnership Grant programme from cultural organisations in Africa. The Fund and its Partners work together from the conceptualisation of the partnership to the execution and implementation of its projects. The partnership goes beyond financial support, thriving on the creative ideas and dialogue generated between the Fund and its Partners.

Grants are provided to cultural organisations for three years and have the objectives of:
Facilitating connections to enable a Global Network that supports the local activities of cultural organisations working on freedom of expression; enabling regular exchange, cooperation and knowledge sharing with like-minded organisations from other parts of the world who are part of the Network Partnership;
Strengthening the capabilities and sustainability of organisations through financial support and by connecting them to a wider network within the Fund in order to optimise their work, outreach and impact in their regions of operation;
Enabling new local cultural initiatives that generate participation, talent development and enable local communities to express themselves.

Eligibility Criteria
To qualify, organisations must work in the field of arts and culture and development and be based in Africa.

Applicant organisations must have been in existence for least five years, (verified through annual reports and/or auditor statements). Applications from government entities will not be accepted.

Concept notes must be submitted via email at the address given on



South African economy in recession

South Africa is now formally in recession – for the 2nd time in a decade. This can only negatively affect the funding of not-for-profit bodies. Companies, individuals and trusts (unless interest rates rise substantially) will have less to give away.

For the over three decades that I have worked in non-profit sector, people have lamented that ‘fundraising is hard’. It will, however get harder now. Also, new organisations spring up constantly. South Africa has way too many non-profits. Donors hate replication. Please! Before diving in and starting yet another new organisation, look for one with which to join forces. Over 160 000 registered organisation (plus tertiary institutions, schools, clubs and faith base bodies) is too many. They cannot all survive.

How can NPOs be resourced and strengthened, not exclusively by fundraising? Generating income is vital too. How can your organisation make or generate money via some form of trading? Innovation is called for now more than ever. The sources of funding (not just donations) must be broadened. At last count, I had a list of 36 (with companies, trusts and embassies, for instance, being just three of these). How many sources do you have resourcing your organisation?

Monitoring and evaluation to demonstrate impact has now become non-negotiable. Most (corporates, trusts, embassies and foreign donors) will no longer give to organisations that cannot tell them (in proposals/application forms) how they will measure change brought about with their money). Impact is not about number gathering!

Funding Call – Australian High Commission

Deadline: 7 July 2017

The Pretoria based Australian High Commission has called for Expressions of Interests (EoIs) for its Direct Aid Program (DAP), a small-grants scheme which supports non-profit organisations working in local communities on activities supporting sustainable and equitable development.

Disability inclusiveness
Women’s social and economic empowerment
Education and skills development
Human Rights
Good governance
Freedom of Expression
Rights of indigenous people
Strong national human rights institutions and capacity building
Sports for development

Applicants may apply for a maximum of AU$50,000. However, most successful projects receive between AU$25,000 to AU$40,000 (R240 000 to R385 000).
Academic institutions and research bodies may also apply.


• 7 July: Expression of Interest submission deadline
• August: DAP Selection Committee shortlists EoIs and invites a select group of   organisations to submit full applications.
• 15 September: Final deadline for full applications
• October: DAP selection committee meets and all applicants notified of outcomes
• November: Grant agreements prepared and finalised
• December: Funds disbursed.

How to Apply:
The application process is in two stages: Firstly the completion of an Expression of Interest which provides high level information on applicant’s intended project. These will be shortlisted by the DAP selection committee who will invite selected applicants to submit a comprehensive application at the second stage.

Eligible Countries:

Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland

Further info: Direct Aid Program

Funding call – Niwano Peace Foundation – Building a World of Peace and Coexistence

Deadline: 30 April 2017

The Niwano Peace Foundation is seeking applications for its Grant Program 2017 to build a world of peace and coexistence. The Foundation makes grants in order to provide active encouragement for activities undertaken in a religious spirit and conducted in such a way as to invite broad social participation.

The Niwano Peace Foundation promotes interreligious understanding and cooperation. It also strives to strengthen cooperation among people actively making continuing efforts, in a religious spirit, to achieve a peaceful society.

Grants are for one year and are capped at 1 million Japanese yen.

Eligible applications may cover:
• Social activities based on a religious spirit
• Grass‐roots activities deployed in a local community

Eligible Projects/Activities
• Practical activities, short‐term or long‐term, directly related to peace building.
• Activities which stimulate activities not only NPOs’ own fields but also in other fields and can be creative and pioneering models for realisation of peace.

Eligibility Criteria
• An application may be made by either an individual or an organization.
• Any group which has been in continuous existence for a reasonable length of time is eligible to apply, whether or not it is legally incorporated.
For more information:

Funding Call Mentoring Youth – African Union (AU)

Deadline: 15 April 2017

The African Union is calling for proposals to its Fund for African Women. Proposals are invited for the mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment – specifically to Energise the African Women’s movement and mentor young women and men leaders and professionals, both in Africa and the Diaspora to be champions on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Proposals will be funded for one year and grants will be capped at $30 000.

Criteria for the selection of projects will be based on the African Union Agenda 2063 which works for a shared strategic sramework for inclusive change for a better sustainable sevelopment, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Projects or programmes should contribute to any of the following:

  1. Creating an environment where the African and Diaspora young women’s movement will find a platform to interact and bring paramount and valuable changes to the women condition in Africa;

2.  Sensitising and training youth about the drawbacks and consequences of exclusion, based on no woman or man being left behind or excluded, on the basis of gender;

3. Demonstrating applicant organisations commitment to being people-centred and training youth about gender equality and women’s empowerment.

4. Engaging and empowering youth to be gender-sensitive in their approaches to decision making, while targeting sustainable development;

5. Boosting African women’s incentives to create movements and initiatives aimed at fully empowering young women in all spheres, and promoting their social, political and economic rights.

6. Organising mentorship and championship activities for young rural women and men and create movements to raise awareness of their rights; and help them have access to productive assets, including land, credit, inputs and financial services.

Application process:
1.Submission of a brief (one page) and Concept Note. The detailed format in which concept notes should be submitted is available on the website in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.

2.If invited, the submission of a detailed, well formulated project proposal which meets key operational, technical and procedural requirements required for the final evaluation of the proposal.

All applications should include a letter of recommendation from national Coordination Committees or Ministries responsible for Gender and women’s Affairs.

For further information, contact Mrs Mahawa Kaba Wheeler, Director- Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD), Tel: +251 11 518 21 12 – email:; Mr. Adoumtar Noubatour, Senior Programme Officer, Tel: +251 11 518 21 11- email:      Mrs Fiorella De Pede, email : Tel.: +251115182115.




Funding call – Hilden Charitable Fund

Deadline: 16 March 2017

The UK based Hilden Charitable Fund has announced a call for funding applications. Grant making priorities are for initiatives in developing countries working on community development, education, and health. The trustees welcome projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women.

Eligible Applicants must have a UK-based partner or be a member of a UK regsitered entity such as The UK Fund for Charities

In addition,benefciary NPOs must have:
• Been operation for at least five years
• Have an income of over £25,000 (R450 000) in their last two financial years, but no more than £100,000 (R1.8mil)

Visit The Hilden Charitable Fund  to establish eligabilty to apply.

International Fundraising Congress pop ups in South Africa

Having attended the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in Holland a number of times, as I did recently, I am delighted to report that, for the first time ever, the Resource Alliance is bringing the (IFC) to South Africa for three, one-day pop up events in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, in February and March.

Widely regarded as the world’s premier fundraising conference, the IFC attracts hundreds of fundraisers each year and is recognised as a hub for learning, conversations and debates, aimed at transforming fundraising practices to build stronger, more effective and sustainable organisations. Unfortunately, the costs (registration plus international travel) put it out of reach for most local organisations.

Each IFC Pop Up  day will feature four workshops delivered via video sessions, followed by live Skype-link Q&As with the speakers. Topics include:  innovation and technology; writing winning proposals; story-telling; impact reporting: and building effective corporate partnerships.

Johannesburg – 16 February (at GIBS in Illovo)
Cape Town – 9 March (Stellenbosch University Business School, Tyger Valley)
Durban – 22 March (at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Business School)

Cost: R750 per delegate and for early birders there’s a discounted price of R550 for the first 80 to sign up.

Early bird offer ends on 31 January and to secure an discount use one of these codes when registering:- EARLYJOBURG, EARLYCAPETOWN or EARLYDURBAN.

To register visit

Hope to see you there!!

SA Lottery new application process


The previous ‘Call for Applications’ model permitted the National Lottries Commission to accept applications only if they were submitted during a fixed window period. This long everdue un-user-friendly process has finally been rectified.

The new ‘open call’ model now means that applications will be accepted throughout the year at all NLC offices across South Africa with no closing date.
The open-call for applications will be rolled-out on:
•         Arts, Culture & National Heritage: today – 3 October 2016
•         Sport & Recreation: today – 3 October 2016
•         Charities: 1 December 2016

The open call for applications will:
•      Assist applicants to plan better
•      Allow for a continuous flow of applications spread across the year
•      Improve turnaround time in line with Government legislation
•      Assist in ensuring that each Province is allocated a minimum of 5% of the budget available per Sector.

As per the new 2015 regulations, NLC funding is categorised into Small (up to R 500 000.00), Medium (R 500 000.00 – R 5 million) and Large Grants (R 5 million to R10 million), each with its own application criteria.