[OPEN] Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund: Rapid Response Window, Call for Proposals: Short-Term Grants

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This Call for Proposals is for short-term grants. Rapid grants are disbursed to support short-term civil society-led projects – lasting a maximum of six months – that address women’s meaningful participation in Track 1 and Track 2 peace processes and the implementation of peace agreements. Projects will be implemented by the lead civil society organization and any implementing partners and should increase women’s representation and leadership in formal peace process or the implementation of peace agreements.

There is no deadline for submissions. Applications are received on a rolling basis as needs and opportunities arise. Application packages should be emailed to:

Examples of the types of initiatives or projects include but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy and lobbying campaigns for women’s inclusion in peace and political processes;
  • Advocacy and lobbying campaigns for women’s inclusion in the implementation and monitoring mechanisms of peace agreements;
  • Evidence-based advocacy and collection of data to feed into a process;
  • Preparatory sessions and capacity-building for women participating in decision-making processes;
  • Consultations and community engagement to feed into a specific process;
  • Coalition building and strategizing to influence a specific process;
  • Advocacy events and meetings, cross-border dialogues;
  • Strategic planning projects to identify entry points and stakeholders, to strategize, access support and connection with key stakeholders for bilateral meetings/consultations/dialogues and more;
  • Organizing and drafting participatory declarations/demands to influence decision-making processes.

Read/Download the full Call for Proposals by clicking here.
Read/Download the proposal template by clicking here.


[OPEN] UNDEF project grant

united nations democracy fund

UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. UNDEF projects are two years long. Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations. In this way, UNDEF plays a distinct role in complementing the UN's other work -- the work with Governments -- to strengthen democratic governance around the world.

Since 2006, UNDEF has supported more than 800 projects in over 120 countries at a total amount of almost US$190 million. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous selection process, with fewer than two per cent of proposals chosen for funding.

For more details on the UNDEF project grant and application and selection process, please visit their website:

Useful links:

Please find below useful links to assist you in submitting your project proposal application form to UNDEF.  

Information on how to apply for funding:
Application FAQs:
Lessons learned from UNDEF-funded projects:
Application Form Template:
UNDEF Website:
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[CLOSED] The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Namibia (2024)


The High Commission of Canada in South Africa is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). The purpose of this process is to select approximately 3-4 projects to be implemented in Namibia starting in or around July 2024.

Program description

The CFLI is a program designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed predominantly by local partners. Projects are selected and approved by the relevant Canadian embassy or high commission. The CFLI also serves to support positive bilateral relations between Canada and recipient countries and their civil societies, by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavours.

The average CFLI contribution in Namibia is $50,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI). Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency.

All project activities must normally be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2025. In exceptional circumstances, projects may be approved for an additional year of funding, depending on the project’s objectives and complexity.

How to apply

  • STAGE 1: Expressions of Interest will be accepted and shortlisted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2024. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply early. Expressions of Interest must be submitted using the electronic form provided by the High Commission of Canada. To request an Expression of Interest form, please contact the CFLI Coordinator by email at Applicants should submit no more than one Expression of Interest.
  • STAGE 2: Shortlisted applicants will be notified by email no later than April 15, 2024, and will be invited to submit a more detailed Project Proposal and Budget.
  • For more information on the types of activities and costs that are eligible for CFLI funding, please refer to the list of CFLI approved activities and costs.
  • All application materials must be completed in English or French.
  • Applicants must explicitly answer all questions on the application forms provided, including the required gender-based analysis. The proposed project budget should summarize the proposed activities and associated costs.
  • Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a selection committee, which will consider applications on the basis of concision and clarity; feasibility; impact; innovation; and alignment with CFLI priorities.
  • Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted. plications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.
  • Two-year programming:
    • Projects spanning 2 fiscal years (April 2023 to March 2025) may be permitted depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

Eligible recipients include:

  • Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
  • Local academic institutions working on local projects,
  • International non-governmental organizations working on local development activities,
  • Intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities,
  • Municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of the recipient country working on local projects, and
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities.

The majority of CFLI funding is to be directed toward local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and other institutions working at the local level. Other entities, such as international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations may be eligible for funding, provided they are working with local partners and on local projects that are consistent with the objectives of the CFLI. Similarly, municipal, regional and national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects that deliver measurable results.

Thematic priorities

All projects must align with at least 1 of the following CFLI thematic priorities:

  • Inclusive governance, including diversity and 2SLGBTQI+, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
  • Growth that works for everyone, including women's economic rights, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic gains.
  • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
  • Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.

Click on the following link for more information:

[CLOSED] Call for Proposals, Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Namibia 2023


The High Commission of Canada in South Africa has launched its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Namibia (2023). Interested organisations are invited to submit an expression of interest by April 20, 2023 -16:00 (GMT+2). To obtain an Expression of Interest form, please contact the CFLI Coordinator by email at no later than April 19, 2023 at 23:59 (GMT+2).

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email by May 12, 2023, and will be invited to submit a more detailed Project Proposal.

For more information about the CFLI, including eligibility requirements, please consult the CFLI's website:

All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:

  • Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
  • Growth that works for everyone, including women's economic rights, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic gains.
  • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
  • Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.

Within these thematic areas, the High Commission of Canada in South Africa will prioritize projects with a specific focus on one or more of the following:

  • Lowering the incidence of gender-based violence.
  • Encouraging civic participation by members of marginalized or under-represented groups.
  • Improving access to food, water, and healthcare for vulnerable populations.
  • Supporting the realization of equal rights for persons with diverse cultural, gender, and sexual identities.

Inquiries can be directed to




In brief:

  • Projects funded up to 40 000 €
  • Applications from 16th January to 13th February 2023

Eligibility criteria :

  • The call for projects is open to African organisations ( foundations, local authorities ( region) sport associations and clubs, federations, IEG/ CIG, cooperatives, state organisations, public organisations, other registered organisations) as well as French associations and foundations
  • Applicants must have been registered for at least 2 years and the amount requested must be between 10 000 and 40 000 €
  • The rest of the project’s funding must already be acquired when submitting the application and the organisation's annual resources must not exceed 500 000€
  • All French associations or foundations applying to the call for projects must implement the project in partnership with an African organization.
  • The project must take place in Africa. The 54 countries are eligible apart from the red zones defined by the French Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs
  • The project must last between 1 to 3 years
  • The project must use sport as a tool for development
  • The grant must not exceed 75% of the overall budget of the project, excluding in kind contributions

 Visit for further information.

 Click on the following link to read/download the Call for projects: IMPACT 2024 INTERNATIONAL presentation:


[CLOSED] Sounds Connect Fund - 3rd and final call for projects

CfP APC EU Culture Programme 15 Jan

Under the framework of our ACP-EU Culture programme, the Sounds Connect Fund has launched its third and final call for projects, which will close on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 at midnight
The call is open to cultural and creative organisations and professionals from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and supports projects in a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, performing arts, visual arts, animation, film, games, photography and videography.
With grants ranging from €45,000 to €70,000 the call will support projects and activities that:
* facilitate the rapid production and distribution of high quality goods within and outside the Southern African region;
* increase the capacity of professionals;
* promote mobility and rapid exchange between creators;
* improve access to new markets;
* increase visual literacy (especially among under-represented groups);
* promote awareness-raising actions to protect the interests of creators;
* support the existence of sustainable funding structures.

For more information please visit:


[CLOSED] Fund for Local Cooperation: Call for Proposals 2022-2024, Finnish Embassy


The Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) of the Embassy of Finland in Windhoek is an instrument for funding non-profit projects in Namibia. The call for proposals for project implementation in 2022-2024 is now open. Proposals must be submitted by 16:15 (GMT/UTC+2) on May 16, 2022.

Eligibility criteria for FLC partnership

The support is intended for project-based support, meaning that the FLC cannot be used for core funding.

The budget of the proposal must be between EUR 50 000 - 100 000. Project length must be between 12 to 24 months. Between 4-6 projects will be selected according to the eligibility and evaluation criteria at the Embassy’s discretion.

Eligible partners for the FLC include, for example, local civil society organisations, science and technology communities, universities and other institutions, cultural institutions (museums, libraries, theatres, etc.), businesses, cooperatives or foundations, registered in Namibia.

The applicant must have:

  • a sound financial record
  • sufficient human resources for the implementation of the project
  • proof of previous donor-funded activity OR self-funded of a similar size to applied grant
  • proof of projects/activities within the previous 12 months

Please note: applicants and projects that do not fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria mentioned above will not be considered.

Evaluation criteria

Thematic areas:

  1. Human rights and equality
    • addressing inequality and advancing the rights of people belonging to marginalized communities
    • protecting and advancing the rights of women and girls
  2. Youth employment and entrepreneurship
    • creating opportunities for young people, especially in education and livelihood creation
  3. Climate resilience and adaptation
    • contributing to sustainable development and protecting communities from negative effects of climate change
    • creating solutions that contribute to climate change adaptation

Project selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with Finland’s development policy, SDGs and a human-rights based approach
  • Contribution to the above-mentioned thematic areas
  • Clearly defined project outputs and targeted outcomes supported by adequate indicators, baseline data and risk assessment
  • Realistically planned project activities that contribute to the desired outcomes
  • Project budget that is in line with the activities
  • Experience and capability of the applicant in terms of project management

How to apply?

The Embassy only acknowledges this APPLICATION FORM Please fill in this form on the computer and print it out. The form must be signed and dated.

To accompany the form, the following attachments are required:

  • The organisation’s latest annual report accompanied with a financial report
  • The resumes of the project manager and project coordinator or other key project personnel
  • Project budget in Namibian dollars (please note: the budget must include a budget line for project audit)

The proposals should be sent via email to the Embassy’s address and cc’d to the Programme Coordinator hannele.hupanen(a)

All questions and enquiries about the call for proposals should be sent via email only directly to the Programme Coordinator. Please note it may take some days to answer the questions.

More details:


[CLOSED] Call for Proposals, Canada Fund for Local Initiatives


The 2022 call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) in Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Madagascar and Mauritius is now open. Interested organisations are invited to submit an expression of interest by 6 May 2022 at 17:00 SAST. The expression of interest can be submitted online using the following web form:

Each organisation may submit a maximum of one expression of interest. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email no later than 27 May 2022 and invited to submit a detailed project proposal.

For more information about the CFLI, including eligibility requirements, please consult the CFLI's website:

Michele Kay
CFLI Coordinator for the High Commission of Canada in South Africa
+27 (0)83 389 8667


[CLOSED] Call for Applications from Youth-led and Youth-focused Groups and OrganisationsSpark Fund

The Spark Fund has an open call for applications from youth-led and youth-focused groups and organisations from Namibia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe that are working to create transformational change and improve the lives of young people and their communities. Applications close on 30 April 2022.

What is the Spark Fund?

The Spark Fund invests in youth-led and youth-focused groups tackling injustice and inequality, driving transformational change, and building a more inclusive post-pandemic world by harnessing the power of digital technologies.

Spark Fund grants will be administered by the Global Fund for Children.

What does the Spark Fund offer?

The Spark Fund will distribute grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 USD per year for two years. This grant will be paid in two annual grants - one in June 2022 and another in June 2023. They anticipate funding up to 15 organizations or groups within the region in this funding round.

Spark Fund grants can be spent on whatever the organisation/group needs.

What is the Spark Fund looking to fund?

The Spark Fund panel is looking for applicants that demonstrate a commitment to youth-led change within the region. Applications are invited from organizations/groups that: 

  • Are non-profit organizations or groups, including social enterprises
  • Are registered and unregistered groups
  • Are located and working in Namibia, Lesotho, or Zimbabwe
  • Are youth-focused and youth-led (under the age of 35)
  • Focus on at least one of the Southern Africa Spark Fund interests:
    • Mental health
    • Quality education and innovation 
    • Reducing inequalities including disability and gender inequalities 

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2022, 23:59 CAT/SAST

Please follow the link for more information regarding the fund here: 

Additionally, please find the link for the online application by following the link here:

If you still have questions, please email them at

[CLOSED] Climate Change Small Grant OpportunityU.S. Embassy Windhoek

The U.S. Embassy has flagged a few details about upcoming Climate Change Small Grants from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). The deadline for southern Africa submissions is 12 May.


  • Small grant proposals must focus on renewable energies and/or sustainable landscapes.
  • Proposed grant activities can include public diplomacy outreach elements, but the main focus should be on capacity building and stakeholder and technical engagement to support national or regional climate goals.
  • The suggested proposal amount is likely to be between US$75K and US$100K but lower-level proposals will be considered.
  • There will be a template for the grant proposals as well as guidelines for using metrics that also speak to climate performance indicators and advancing gender equity.

In addition, see click on the below links to access the:

Please ask if you have any questions about eligibility, proposal concepts, etc.

Stephanie Reed from the Political, Economic, and Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy Windhoek will be happy to speak to any specific questions you may have. And if you already know that you are going to submit a proposal, please let her know.

Please ask if you have any questions about eligibility, proposal concepts, etc.:
Stephanie L. Reed
Political, Economic, and Commercial Section Chief
U.S. Embassy Windhoek

Tel: +264 61-295-8581


[CLOSED] Sound Connects Fund: 2nd Call For ApplicationsMusic In Africa Foundation

The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), in partnership with Goethe-Institut, invites organisations operating in Southern Africa’s creative and cultural industries to apply for grants within the Sound Connects Fund (SCF). The second call for applications is now open and will close on 15 April 2022

Made possible with funding from the ACP-EU Culture Programme, the Fund is aimed at accelerating development in Southern Africa while increasing the capacities of practitioners in the region. 


The Sound Connects Fund is a multifaceted initiative that aims to accelerate development and increase the capacity of the cultural and creative sectors in Southern Africa. It offers financial support in the form of grants and a comprehensive capacity-building programme aimed at recipients of the Fund.  The Fund will support projects across a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, performing arts, visual arts animation, film, gaming,  photography, videography etcEligible countries are; Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Priority projects:

The Sound Connects Fund supports projects and activities that

  • facilitate the rapid production and distribution of high-quality goods within and outside the region,
  • increase capacities among professionals
  • support rapid mobility and exchange among creators
  • enhance access to new markets
  • develop visual literacy (especially among underrepresented groups)
  • promote advocacy aimed at protecting the interests of creators and support the existence of sustainable financing structures. 

Visit the Music in Africa website for more details:
Apply now:

[CLOSED] Grants call 2021-2022, Commonwealth Foundation

C cs grants

The Commonwealth Foundation works to bring the voice of civil society into all aspects of governance, supporting civil society engagement in shaping the policies and decisions that affect people’s lives. The Foundation’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026 is strongly linked to the Commonwealth Charter and its values and aspirations, and it identifies three thematic areas of focus. 

Applicants must address one or more of the Foundation’s three priority themes: 

(i) Health
(ii) Environment and climate change
(iii) Freedom of expression 

Civil society projects that aim to advance these themes will be supported through this open grants call. Applications open at 1 pm on 29 October 2021 and close at 1 pm on 30 November 2021. For details on eligibility and the application process please download the call documents below.   

Guidelines for applicants
List of eligible countries




The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the already vulnerable sector of arts and culture. To help cultural organizations overcome the current pandemic crisis and project their organisations towards the future, the Moleskine Foundation has decided to establish a Creativity Pioneers Support Fund micro granting program.

Creativity Pioneers Support Fund is a one-time funding program for the non-profit organizations that use creativity as a tool for social change, that are currently facing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They will offer a one-time microgrant of up to €5000 to the selected organizations.


  • Organizations must demonstrate that they have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 situation in the last 12 months (financial statements, reduction in capacity or activity and programming compared to the same period a year before, impossibility to implement key steps to launch a new organization, impossibility to adapt to the new reality, e.g. digitalization, etc.)
  • Applications must be submitted in English and must be completed in all parts;
  • The call is open to non-profit organizations officially recognised in the country of operation
  • Organizations from all over the world are invited to apply
  • Each organization can only apply once
  • They do not accept proposals submitted by political parties or religious associations.


Call for applications will be open from June 1st to 30th 2021 at 00:00 (CET). The successful candidates will be announced on August 2nd 2021.

Please note that they will only review the applications submitted in English.

During the application period, they will hold 2 one-hour zoom appointments open to all applicants, where their team will answer all the questions on the application process. The appointments will be held on June 8th and June 22nd at 5:PM CET time on the following zoom link.

Read the full call for applications (with more details) by clicking here.

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