Grant: new art collaborations, British Council – closing on 13 Aug!

Thank you for your interest in new Art new Audiences (nAnA) 2017. nAnA is an annual (open call) grant for 18 to 35-year-old East African and British artists, arts organisations, and art collectives, to create new art together and to showcase this art to audiences across East Africa and the UK.

If you would like to apply for nAnA 2017, please follow these three steps:

1.Download and read the ‘nAnA 2017 Applicant Info Pack’ found in our downloads section below;

2.Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken to the ‘nAnA 2017 Application Form’;

3.Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email from the British Council confirming receipt. You will be notified on Friday 8 September 2017 if your project has been shortlisted.

Note: you will not be notified if your project has not been shortlisted.

Good luck!


Calls for data journalism proposals on property rights, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is accepting project proposals for data-driven journalism projects related to land rights and property rights. Link here.

The program is particularly interested in data-driven stories that use satellite imagery, 360° videos, drones, sensors, data visualizations or interactive maps/graphics.

Possible topics include new perspectives on property rights issues related to land tenure, indigenous land rights, transparency in land transactions and concessions, resource rights or overlapping land use rights.

Three proposals will be selected to receive a total of US$75,000.

The deadline is May 1.

Call for ideas on economic opportunities for youth, Amplify IDEO

CHALLENGE: How might we expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa?

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In the Youth Empowerment Challenge we are collaboratively designing solutions that expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa.

We’re running this challenge because we aspire for all young people (ages 15-35) in East Africa to find themselves in positions of learning, growth and possibility. In order for this vision to become reality, young people must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities that will pave the way to success. So we’re calling our global community to action: how might we expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa?

We’re looking for a wide range of solutions including ideas that motivate and inspire youth, build skills that allow them to participate in the economy, support their transition into financial stability, include the private sector, or harness the potential for the participation of young people in the region’s most lucrative sectors.

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Grants: impactAFRICA data-driven investigative journalism (current round due TOMORROW)

Announcing impactAFRICA, a $500,000 data-driven investigative journalism initiative, coordinated by Code For Africa.

impactAFRICA will seek to support pioneering data journalism that tackles development issues, such as public healthcare, in six initial African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The second of four impactAFRICA calls for applications is active now: deadline for submissions is 15 JULY for WATER AND SANITATION STORIES.

Interested? Read more about it here, follow the conversation on Facebook or via #impactAFRICA on Twitter and apply today.

Grants: Mama Cash Fund (deadline 31 May)

Applications open for Mama Cash Fund

Mama Cash was the first international women’s fund in the world and supports women’s rights initiatives around the globe that challenge the root causes of injustice. Mama Cash supports ambitious feminist and women’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans* people.

How to apply to Mama Cash if you are not a current grantee-partner:

Mama Cash will receive Letters of Interest from applicants who are not current grantee-partners from 1 April – 31 May 2016.

Groups that apply during this grantmaking window will receive a response from Mama Cash by 30 June 2016.

We advise groups wishing to apply to consider the Mama Cash selection criteria and priorities (

View Mama Cash’s priorities here:

The Letter of Interest format is available here:

Mama Cash is a fund with limited resources. More groups apply for funding than we can fund. In 2014, we received over 750 funding requests of which we could approve 19 to new grantee-partners in our portfolios of Body, Money and Voice. In 2015, most of our grantmaking budget was spent on renewing our commitments to the groups we granted in previous years, and we also supported a number of movement building convenings around the world.

Because we have limited resources, we have to make difficult decisions on which groups we can support. The Mama Cash selection criteria and priorities lead our decision-making process. For 2016, we expect to approve grants to approximately 20 new groups, in addition to the planned renewal grants to current grantee-partners.

The application window is not relevant for current grantee-partners wishing to apply for renewal during the course of 2016.


Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:

1.Work from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective

Example: A group working on women and housing puts the particular experiences of women at the core of its work and therefore is able to speak about the ways in which the barriers women face in accessing decent and affordable housing are different from the barriers men face. They also speak to the challenges of different groups of women (e.g. urban women and rural women) in accessing housing. They are able to explain how these challenges to accessing decent and affordable housing relate to the economic policies being implemented in their country.  Finally, the solutions that they propose integrate all these elements.

2. Are self-led by the women, girls and/or trans* people they serve

Example: If a group is working on trans* rights, it should be trans* people deciding about the groups’ policies, activities and how their money should be spent. The spokespersons for the group should be trans*, as well as those being paid. Non-trans* or cis people can also work for the group in different capacities providing they are not the ones leading it.

3. Have the promotion of women’s, girls’ and/or trans* people’s human rights as their primary mission, and not just as the focus of part of their programmes

Example: An organisation advocating for girls’ access to reproductive health services and whose mission states: To ensure the fulfilment of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls.

4. Push for structural and fundamental change

Example: An Indigenous women’s group provides health services to other Indigenous women in order to respond to their immediate needs in the short-term. But the group also works to tackle the fundamental barriers to accessing such services so that other Indigenous women they can’t or don’t reach can also benefit in the longer-term.

5. Focus on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested

Example: In an environment where governments and NGOs are heavily investing in addressing HIV and AIDS in women of reproductive age, a group of post-menopausal women living with HIV and AIDS organise for their rights and try to make their concerns heard when they are not considered important or urgent in their context.

Mama Cash prioritises groups and initiatives that:

Have an annual budget below 200,000 euros

Mama Cash may partner with larger groups through our Accompaniment portfolio (formerly known as our Strategic Partnerships Portfolio) but will not prioritise providing financial support to them through our thematic portfolios (Body, Money and/or Voice)

B. Who & What does Mama Cash support?

Mama Cash makes grants in most countries of the world. Even though contexts are significantly different, we have found that the concerns of some specific groups of women, girls and trans* people tend to be unaddressed and/or contested in most societies (and social movements). So these groups are often found among our grantees.

Mama Cash focuses on three broad thematic areas – Body, Money and Voice – and we support groups whose work falls within them (for further information, see here).

For example, Mama Cash supports groups that work on:

  • Forced sterilisation of women living with HIV and AIDS
  • Exclusion of Indigenous women from decision making over their land
  • Labour rights of women and trans* people in sex, domestic or industrial work
  • Confronting legal and social discrimination against lesbian and bisexual women, or against migrant and refugee women
  • Sexual rights of women, girls and trans* persons living with disabilities
  • Decision-making for girls and older women (65+) about their lives (education, health, relationships)
  • Political and public participation for women, girls or trans* persons from ethnic or religious minorities

This list is merely indicative. Mama Cash is open to supporting groups organising on other issues that are relevant for their context and have not been mentioned, provided they meet our criteria.

Grant: Digital Solutions (for organisations) (Solstice Mobile)

Are you interested in learning more about Solstice’s Digital Solutions Grant or have questions about the application?

Join us for our virtual information session on Tuesday, March 8th from 4-5pm (a week later than originally scheduled).

Please register for the info session here to receive additional details.

We would like to invite you to apply for Solstice Mobile’s Digital Solutions Grant.

After launching our grant program in 2015 and developing fruitful partnerships with two grantees, we’re excited to see what 2016 has in store as we look to collaborate with other organizations.

Grantees will receive hours of our consulting services at no cost. We have expertise in digital strategy, user research, product and project management, digital software development, and interaction design. Applications are due March 25th.

If you know of others that may be interested in this opportunity, feel free to pass this on.

We will be hosting an info session via Skype on Tuesday, March 1st from 4-5pm EAT to answer any questions you may have about the grant. Let us know if you’d like to join. In the meantime, feel free to reply to this email with any questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The Solstice Team

Small seed loans & grants for social change work (Pollination Project)

The Pollination Project offers small grants and small no-interest loans for social enterprise projects. They are designed for small-scale ventures who are at such an early stage that they do not yet have paid staff. They aim to seed costs which will allow projects to really thrive and grow in the coming years, and to help them achieve a self-sustaining project. They fund in various issue areas including but not limited to social justice, environmental justice, animal rights and welfare, and projects which promote compassion for all life… more info below. 

I would emphasise that only serious, well thought out applications from people who are already actively working on really cool projects will be effective. The project is currently developing their programming in East Africa quite heavily, so their next round is a great time to apply.

A shoutout to J. Mulwa for finding and identifying this opportunity, and encouraging others to apply. And Justus recently was the recipient of a Pollination Project grant!!! Congratulations. Justus has been teaching photography to kids in slums in the Githurai-Zimmerman area, alongside various efforts. Check out the group Gizzim on Facebook for lots of updates. Volunteers are encouraged: “people who are photographers can come and volunteer to teach the children photography as a way of telling stories through the lens of a camera.” You can reach Justus through that page, or email him at gizzim22 (at) gmail (dot) com, or email me (Sasha) to connect you.

Pollination Project

“We Give Seed Grants to Social Change Projects

The Pollination Project provides small startup grants to individual change makers. Since we started on January 1, 2013, we’ve provided funding to over 1,200 seed grants in 60 countries. Our grantees have gone on to win prestigious awards, be featured in international news outlets, and gain additional financial support.Many of them say that it was our belief in them
that helped their project grow.”

Funding Guidelines for Grants

Before applying for a grant or loan, please read our funding guidelines.
We will only consider projects that clearly fit our guidelines.
Our main goal is to support, as Ingrid Newkirk put it: practical dreamers.

We fund in the following categories:

A sunflower– Youth Environmentalists
– Compassion towards all life
– Environmental sustainability
– Justice in all of its forms
– Community health and wellness
– Putting consciousness into action
– Social change-oriented arts and culture

We seek compassion-driven visionaries who are ready to launch a new social change effort and just need some seed capital to get started.
We encourage applications from people who can envision and lead projects that will grow, blossom and truly change the world. We love to fund the infrastructure, outreach and other tangible things that you need to get started.

The Pollination Project FUNDS:

Passionate, committed people with a social change vision that fits within one or more of our categories above.
Projects in their early stage of development and where a small amount of money will go a very long way. Our grants are designed to kick start your efforts and give you the support you need to truly flourish.
Supplies, program materials, direct travel expenses, website fees, discounted professional services, printing, copying, promotional costs, technical support.
501©(3) filing fees and expenses only if your project meets our specific conditions. Please read more about the funding conditions here.
Projects with a clear target audience, and a compelling plan to reach and impact that target audience in a positive way. If your project involves video or other media production, then this element of your plan will receive particularly careful attention from our team.
Projects that do not expect to earn profit, or where any income will be used for a purely charitable effort.
Pay it forward loans to support for-profit social benefit projects. Please see pay it forward loans for more information on this program.

The Pollination Project does NOT fund

Established organizations or corporations with any paid staff.
Payment to the grantee or a member of the grantee’s family for their time or services.
Projects that have well-established funding sources.
Scholarships, training fees or travel fees for one person to attend a training.
Projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
One-off needs such as training fees or participation in a one-time event or activity unless there’s a clear, long term purpose to that participation.
Anything that directly conflicts with our values such as products or activities that harm animals or products that directly harm the environment and/or people (including events or meetings where animal products are consumed, food that uses animal products including pet food, books or other materials not printed on recycled paper, disposable items that are only used once and then thrown away).
Projects that influence the outcome of any specific election for candidates to public office, inducing or encouraging violations of law or public policy or causing any improper private benefit to occur.
Computer, video, tablets or other technology where the primary benefit is for one person, or where the project only needs the equipment for short term use. (If you are requesting funding for one of these items, be sure to very clearly explain why it is necessary for achieving your project goals).
Projects that require grant payments via Moneygram, Western Union or any other cash-based payment system.