Call for Proposals: African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Grants 2018

Call for Proposals: African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Grants 2018

Deadline: March 7, 2018

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) invites applications from 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:

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Applying organisations 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
  • 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


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

Decisions on grants will be announced by June 2018.

Download the Grants Application Form and read the application guidelines 2018

For more information, visit AWDF Grants.