Opportunities and updates

Funding, competitions and TA

D-Prize Global Competition

Welcoming applications from entrepreneurs who can design a nonprofit or social venture that delivers interventions to end poverty.

Location: Global

Sector: Health, water, education, agriculture, livelihoods, energy, public services

Stakeholders: D-Prize

Deadline: 27th November

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Acumen East Africa Fellowship

Accepting applications from social innovators tackling poverty and injustice in their communities for a fellowship running from May to December 2023.

Location:Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Acumen

Deadline: 28th November

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AstraZeneca Young Health Programme

Inviting applications from innovative youth-led projects which tackle the causes of air pollution and focus on the long-term health of young people to apply for a US$50,000 grant.

Location: Global

Sector: Health, environment and youth

Stakeholders: AstraZeneca

Deadline: 30th November

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Google Impact Challenge

Inviting applications from innovative projects that accelerate technological advances in climate information and action, for funding (Up to $5M) and access to Google’s technical expertise and products.

Location: Global

Sector: Climate innovations

Stakeholders: Google.org

Deadline: 30th November

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Climate Lab Business Builder Program

Welcoming applications from Pan-African PAYG operators for a 12-month business builder program leading to a $50,000 investment offer.

Location: Africa

Sector: Agri-FoodTech, Clean Off-Grid Solutions, Mobility and Energy Efficiency

Stakeholders: Climate Lab

Deadline: 15th December

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Sankalp Africa Awards

Inviting applications from social entrepreneurs who are making a positive impact in society to receive 1:1 investment readiness support, introduction to global investors and more.

Location: Africa

Sector: Health & WASH, youth & livelihoods, affordable housing, agriculture, circular economy, climate change & clean energy, financial inclusion, gender & future of work(ers)

Stakeholders: Sankalp Africa

Deadline: 15th December

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Grant & Co capital

Aiming to help entrepreneurs find capital for their social enterprises through grant proposal writing.

Location: Africa

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Grant & Co

Deadline: Rolling

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Spark+ Africa Fund

Actively seeking to invest debt and mezzanine capital in leading companies throughout the clean cooking value chain, including cooking fuels, biofuels, electric appliances, and efficient biomass stoves.

 

Location: Africa

Sector: Improved cooking

Stakeholders: Spark+

Deadline: Rolling

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Transform support hub

Welcoming applications to this on-demand, free accelerator programme for social enterprises.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: TRANSFORM

Deadline: Rolling

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LendHer Capital Pre-Screening Questionnaire 

Looking for women-led businesses working in non-tech enabled sectors (such as personal care and hygiene), who would benefit from debt investment and business advisory.

Location: Kenya

Sector: Non-tech enabled

Stakeholders: LendHer Capital

Deadline: Rolling

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AirAsia Foundation Grant Application

Aiming to help social enterprises scale up, as a way of empowering communities and enabling them to build sustainable livelihoods.

 

Location: ASEAN

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: AirAsia Foundation

Deadline: Rolling

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P4G Partnership Fund

Accepting concept notes for high-impact partnerships implementing innovative business models to accelerate achievement of the SDGs.

 

Location: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and Vietnam

Sector: WASH, energy access

Stakeholders: P4G

Deadline: Rolling

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MIF Scale-Up Programme

Offering a rigorous business mentoring programme for social businesses offering an innovative service, product or operational model that are keen to scale.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Marico Innovation Foundation

Deadline: Rolling

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Energy Access Relief Fund

Providing loans starting at $50k to viable energy access companies facing liquidity challenges due to COVID-19.

Location: Africa and Asia

Sector: Energy access

Stakeholders: SIMA and 16 partners

Deadline: Rolling

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Innovation Fund

Supporting the development of innovative approaches to solving a challenge faced by people living on less than US$5 a day e.g. a new business model, technology, or new ways of delivering products.

Location: Global

Sector: Not specified

Stakeholders: Global Innovation Fund

Deadline: Rolling

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Bridge loans for impact

Helping companies that have been hit by unexpected obstacles to keep on track with impact aims.

Location: Global

Sector: Not specified

Stakeholders: Open Road Alliance

Deadline: Rolling

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S-GRID program

Welcoming applications from social enterprises keen to access coaching and partner with corporations.

Location: Global

Sector: Not specified

Stakeholders: MovingWorlds

Deadline: Rolling

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LMD sector updates

Webinar on LMD-MFI partnerships

This webinar explores lessons learned around last mile distributor (LMD)-microfinance institutions (MFI) partnerships; sharing insights from GDC members’ first-hand experiences of working with MFIs in different contexts, as well as best practices and recommendations from Power Africa’s latest, practical guide on this topic.

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