Five Hit Grants to Apply for as an African Nonprofit in 2023

January 31, 2023
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Nonprofits make the world a better place to live in, whether by fighting hunger, catering for the homeless, or beating plastic pollution. Nonprofit organisations exist for the sole purpose of creating positive impact often at the expense of profits. On the downside, this means that they usually have a hard time finding funding to execute, sustain, or scale their life-changing programs. That is why grants are often the life-blood of successful nonprofits; they do not only provide the necessary funding, but they also raise the organisation's profile and attract attention to their work. As a nonprofit founder or senior executive, you should be on the lookout for grants to apply for this year.

Thankfully, there are a number of grant funding opportunities that are available for nonprofits operating or registered in Africa. In this article, I will be sharing five hit grants that you can apply for to sustain and expand the impact of your nonprofit this 2023.

1. USADF Off-grid Energy Challenge

If you are a non-profit that provides solutions around sustainable energy in rural areas in Africa, then you must not miss out on this chance to get up to $250,000 in grant capital – plus access to intensive technical assistance and governance support. To qualify, you must design a project focused on increasing access to off-grid energy and extending electrification to unserved/underserved communities in Africa. The clean energy solutions you propose can include solar power, hydropower, wind power, biomass, biogas, etc. Applicability of these solutions to  cross-sector areas e.g agriculture and healthcare is also highly encouraged.

On the flip side, USADF grant applications are highly competitive and technical. To increase your chances of winning, it is necessary to engage the services of expert grant consultants like Grant Master.

What's more, the applications are currently open till February 12, 2023! You stand a chance of clinching the grant if you hurry and send in your well-written proposal!

2. UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women

Every year, the UN Trust Fund awards grants of up to $1 million over 3 years to civil society-led, demand-driven initiatives to end violence against women and girls. To qualify, your nonprofit must be a civil society organisation, particularly a women’s rights organisation/women-led organisation with specialised knowledge, expertise, and a track record of working on the elimination of violence against women and girls. Each year has its specific theme, usually aligned with the theme of the International Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls on November 25. This is also the period that the call for applications is opened.

So, if your nonprofit saves women and girls from gender-based violence and has traction in that light, you must not miss this in 2023!

3. Commonwealth Foundation Grants

This grant is available to civil society organisations within the commonwealth. Nonprofits are able to apply for a grant of up to £60,000 over 2 years for innovative project ideas around the Foundation's three priority themes:

  • Health
  • Environment and climate change
  • Freedom of expression

The aim of the grant is to support initiatives that facilitate "meaningful and constructive engagement between civil society and government around policy and decision-making relevant to these three themes." The applications for this grant are usually opened from September to November. To increase your chances of winning this grant, it is important that you have a strong project idea and logical design that integrates gender, includes youth, and supports local partnerships.

4. ACT Foundation 2024 Grant Cycle

ACT Foundation supports local, national, and regional registered nonprofit organisations working to address challenges and associated vulnerabilities across the African Continent. Nonetheless, your work must be around ACT Foundation's focus areas of:

  • Health
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Environment

The call for applications for ACT Foundation Grant cycles is often opened around November/December. Nonetheless, keep in mind that the process for this grant is also rigorous.

5. D'PRIZE Challenge

If you have just started your nonprofit and have not yet built traction, D'PRIZE Challenge is for you. D'PRIZE supports new NGOs that can design projects which innovatively deliver a proven poverty intervention at scale/high-impact. The challenge is highly competitive and receives about 2000+ applications, ultimately selecting just the top 1% of applicants. D'PRIZE winners are awarded grants of up to $20,000. Projects designed must be under any of these focus areas:

  • Health
  • Water
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Livelihoods
  • Energy
  • Public Services

The next Global Competition launches in April 2023.


Applying for these hit grants, like every other grant application, is a rigorous process. As such, if you want to send in competitive applications that will stand a high chance of clinching these grants, your nonprofit must be ready for the task. Is your organisation ready? Get to find out through this grant readiness quiz Grant Master has prepared just for you! You can take it here: Grant Readiness Checklist.

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