Deadline: April 30, 2023
Applications are open for the Impact Amplifier Africa Online Safety Fund 2023. The Africa Online Safety Fund will be awarding grants to organisations that address one or more of the safety issues the internet facilitates.
The Africa Online Safety Fund has three categories of funding: Transformative, Maturing and Catalytic. The Transformative projects are intended to be larger in scale, reach multiple geographies and or potentially large numbers of beneficiaries, and be scalable as a solution. The Maturing projects are intended to test ideas at a larger scale, try new ideas within existing projects, and reach new audiences. The Catalytic projects are intended to be smaller, targeted, and potentially only locally or culturally specific.
- The Transformative grants will be a maximum of $50,000, Maturing will be up to $25,000 and the Catalytic Grants will be a maximum of $10,000. Beyond fitting your project into the category descriptions provided, Organisations cannot apply for more funding than 50% of its annual budget.
- The Fund is open to organisations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa but is prioritising Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana.
- Applicants can be public benefit organisations, private or from the public sector. No individual applicants will be considered.
- Only completed applications will be considered.
The primary criteria that will be used to select successful applicants, includes:
- Innovation & Replication: what is the level of novelty in the intervention/service? Can it function as a model for other interventions? Does it replicate other successful online safety interventions from different geographies?
- Social Impact: what is the scale of the online safety problem being addressed? What is the potential social impact of the intervention? What is the potential impact if the intervention is scaled beyond the current plan? Can it in fact be ramped up? (Is it cost effective, sustainable, and replicable?)
- Potential for Success: how likely is the intervention to achieve its stated goals?
- Management Team: what is the strength and experience of the management team and the precedent set by the team in terms of cooperation, achieving goals, and beneficiaries served?
- Financial Efficiency: is the funding requested an efficient use of resources? How does the amount requested, scope of the problem to be addressed, and beneficiaries to be reached compare to other applicants?
- Sustainability: can the intervention planned become financially sustainable beyond this grant? If so, how and to what scale?
The first phase of the application process is open from March 1 to April 30, 2023. The shortlisted applicants will be announced by May 31, 2023. The finalists will be selected by July 15, 2023.
For more information, visit Africa Online Safety Fund.