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The Trust’s grantmaking model is one of the best in the region. Managing small, medium and large grants, our grant making facility identifies capacity gaps and establishes novel ways to support organisations towards making impact. For the Trust, funding is not just about size, but quality too. We have thus led efforts to model philanthropy in Africa through championing the Africa Philanthropy Network and by establishing the first Chair in African Philanthropy.


We believe funding forms a vital part of developmental work. Critical to the distribution of funds is a constant survey of the funding landscape, the formation of linkages between donors and organisations, the distribution of grants and the establishment of financial sustainability mechanisms for regional civil society apex organisations.

Funding Windows

Open Calls

Through open calls the Trust issues calls for proposals using the Trust’s communication channels such as the website, as well as mass media channels.

Closed Call

The Trust determines strategic areas to pursue and then requests organisations within the region to submit proposals in line with the strategic priorities.

Unsolicited Funding

The Trust accepts uninvited proposals from organisations that believe that their programmes will add value to the mission and objectives of Trust.

Discretionary Funding

This is for organisations requiring quick-response support for implementing their programmes. A small grant is give at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Detailed guidelines for the application process are available in our grants policy.

Grants Disbursed

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