African Women Development Fund – AWDF Grant Programme

Grants Opportunities
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AWDF Grant Programme invites applications from eligible African women’s organizations. Applications for the first grant-making round of 2018 can be sent in under one or more of AWDF’s thematic areas.

These frame AWDF’s current funding strategy Shaping Africa’s Future;


  • Body & Health Rights


The focus for this grant-making 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 grant-making 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 grant-making 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.

Nationality Eligible to the  AWDF Grant Programme: 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 offer: 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.

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

Eligibility: The basic qualifying criteria for applying organizations 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 organizational 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 organizations; political parties or campaigning; government agencies; individuals; scholarships; for-profit initiatives and projects aimed at religious conversion or proselytizing.

Application to the AWDF Grant Programme:  Interested women’s rights organizations 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

NOTE: Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.


Deadline: 7 March 2018

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