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Call For Applications: African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Main Grant Programme

Call for Applications: African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Main Grant

Deadline: 7 March 2018

AWDF invites applications from eligible African women’s organisations under its main grants programme. Applications for the first grantmaking round of 2018 can be sent in under one or more of AWDF’s thematic areas as listed below. These frame AWDF’s current funding strategy Shaping Africa’s Future;

  • Body & Health Rights

The focus for this grantmaking round will be on ending violence against women; sexual and reproductive rights including HIV/AIDS; LBT rights; women’s emotional wellbeing and mental health including for women human rights defenders.

  • Economic Security & Justice

The focus for this grantmaking round will be on land, property and inheritance rights; food sovereignty and women’s rights in contexts of food production and agriculture; climate and environmental justice; women’s economic security and livelihoods.

  • Leadership, Participation & Peace

The focus for this grantmaking round will be on women’s participation in governance and decision-making, including elections; peace and security; defending democratic space and women human rights defenders; building women’s leadership.

AWDF is particularly interested in projects working with young women, women facing multiple discrimination, and approaches that include engaging the arts, culture, sports and technology.

AWDF is looking for innovative and effective projects that address the needs of and involve the women and communities most affected by inequality and injustice in the leadership and implementation of projects.

AWDF particularly encourages women’s rights organisations registered and working in the following countries to apply:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Grant Size & Period

Applicants may apply for up to US$50,000 for a one-year grant. Please note that most grants awarded are likely to be lower than the maximum.

Organisations can apply for an amount which is not more than half of their confirmed income as evident in their last audited statement.

Decisions on grants will be announced by June 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

The basic qualifying criteria for applying organisations are as follows:

  • Must be led by a woman and have majority of its staff and board being women
  • Must be duly registered in an African country
  • Must have been in existence for at least 3 years
  • Must have the needed organisational structures for effective implementation of the project
  • Must have an appreciable financial management system to properly account for funds received
  • Must be capable of reporting back on the outcomes of the project
  • Must complete the necessary application forms

Please note that AWDF does NOT fund men-led organisations; political parties or campaigning; government agencies; individuals; scholarships; for-profit initiatives and projects aimed at religious conversion or proselytizing.

How to Apply

Interested women’s rights organisations should send in their proposals via email to using the required application guidelines and forms below. The applicant must also complete and include a financial management assessment form and a budget.


Main Grants Application Form

Application Guidelines 2018

Canevas de Demande de Subvention – APPEL à PROJET

Modalites de demande – french version

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