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.

Free training courses in Cape Town for non-profits

The Resource Alliance has partnered with Enset, the world’s only non-profit provider of .ngo, .ong and .org domains, and the Bandwidth Barn to present two events around effectiveness in the digital space.

 #NGOdigitalspaces and Civil Society: Harnessing the power of the internet and technology to increase the success of nonprofits and social enterprises is a lively, collaborative round-table discussion where experts in the digital field and ‘been there, done that’ nonprofit professionals will explore the issue of civil society and digital spaces from a variety of perspectives: Tuesday, 4 October,  8.30am to 11am at Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock. Topics covered will include:
What is the role of Social Media in building civil society?
How is digital fundraising changing the donor relationship and giving overall?
What are some of the risks and challenges of digital spaces, and what can non-profits
to address these?
What is the political / regulatory environment and implications of a new NPO Act?
What is the future of digital spaces for civil society – opportunities, challenges and
potential threats?
What is the importance of credibility and validation

The NGO Online Effectiveness Workshop, will introduce delegates to the benefits of having an online presence and the basics of setting up and managing a website in order to build awareness and attract support. Presented by Enset’s Jeri Curry and Sarah Scarth on Wednesday, 5 October, 9am to 1pm at Bandwidth Barn, Khayelitisha.

To book:
The workshop is free but registration is essential!
Call: Sarah Scarth on 021 761 4022 or 083 271 3768
RSVP Deadline:- 28 September 2016

Funding call – Conquer Cancer Foundation


Deadline: 31 August 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation has annoucned its annual International Innovation Grant call. The grant is aimed at supporting novel and innovative projects that have a significant impact on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs).  The International Innovation Grant is intended to support proposals that have the potential to reduce the cancer burden in local communities, while also being potentially transferable to other low- or middle-income settings. South Africa is classified as a Middle Income country by the World Bank.

Applicants must submit a letter of intent and are then invited to formally apply. The International Innovation Grant is a one-year research grant of up to $20,000

(ZAR280 000).

Free Webinar – 10 Emerging Trends in Digital Communications and Fundraising

Tuesday, August 2

The rate of computer technology advancement doubles every two years and with it improvements in Internet technology. As personal computers, smartphones, TVs, and the Internet of Things evolve, so must non-profits. This free webinar by OnGood will focus on what’s new and next in digital communications and fundraising so that non-profit staff can prepare for the future and embrace being an early adopter.




Free computers for NPOs

Can your non-profit organisaiton use a computer (or a few)? A generous company is donating four-year old PCs to good causes. Distribution points are being set up in various centres around South Africa for convenient collection.

To request computers eamil Miskyah Toth and advise her as to how many you need and where you are located.

Funding Call – MTV Staying Alive Foundation



Deadline: 28 August 2016

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation has announced a call for funding applications from innovative small NPOs embarked upon HIV prevention projects. The Foundation only funds organisations entirely run by young people (under the age of 27) who encourage other young people to, literally, stay alive. The call is aimed at asssisting young people, to inspire and support intiatives in the fight to beat HIV in their local communities, in the most innovative ways.

Grants are capped at $12 000 (approx R160 000).
ther your organisation qualifies:

LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016 Award Call

Deadline: 1 September 2016

LAUNCH Nordic, a partnership between pioneering companies and public organisations committed to collaborative innovation in shaping a more sustainable society, is accepting applications to address this year’s challenge: Closed Loop Solutions for a future of sustainable materials and manufacturing.

This year’s theme is focused on innovations that will:
•Change how we reduce, reuse, recover, and recycle, the materials in everyday products
•Change the way we create business models and incentives surrounding closed loop solutions
•Change the way we design, establish, and operate closed loop systems.


Participation in the LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge can help mature an innovation and open doors to  new opportunities. Five finalists will participate in the LAUNCH Nordic Forum and receive focused advice from the LAUNCH Council. The Council is an international panel from some of the world’s leading businesses, academic and policy institutions and NGOs. Following the Forum, innovators will become part of the LAUNCH Accelerator process, where LAUNCH Nordic will facilitate access to and realisation of the opportunities identified at the Forum.
Eligibility Criteria

Any person, company, or organisation  worldwide can apply with an idea, technology, or business plan that specifically addresses the current LAUNCH Nordic challenge statement.

To apply: LAUNCH

Funding call – Islamic Relief


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Deadline: 30 September 2016

Islamic Relief has invited applications from NPOs for its Social and Community Development Projects in South Africa. Applications will be considered for support of:

  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC): Child and orphan welfare and protection, youth-care centres and nutrition programmes
  • Sustainable Livelihoods: Skills development and vocational training, subsistence farming and community gardening
  • Education: Educational development, school nutrition programmes and teacher training
  • Health and nutrition: HIV/Aids, promotion of healthy lifestyle and food security
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): access to clean water and to adequate sanitation
  • Advocacy and Community Mobilisation: in Gender Based Violence, Climate Change, and Xenophobia.

Projects with budgets from R50 000 to R2million will be considered.

To apply:  Islamic Relief

Free assessment of NPOs

Thanks to SAIF National President, Melanie Jackson, for sharing this great free tool for NPOs from McKinsey and Company.

The Organisational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) is a free online tool that helps non profits assess their operational capacity and identify strengths and areas for improvement. The tool is an in-depth, online survey that allows the Board, leadership and staff of a non-profit to measure how well their organisation performs against best practices.

What is the OCAT?


Funding Call – RSSAF


Deadline: 27 May 2016

Applications are open for the Rhodes Scholars Southern Africa Forum (RSSAF) Grant, whose aim is to promote and support programmes of economic, political and social development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Past and Current Rhodes Scholars reviews grant applications from a wide array of health, education, and environmental projects in southern Africa. Three grants of £1 500 each are usually awarded each grant cycle.

The mission of the RSSAF is:

•To increase awareness of social, political and economic issues in Southern Africa
•To raise and distribute funds to support small-scale community development
•To stimulate discussion about the historical relationship between the scholarship and the region
Download the application form: