Application period: Sept. 1–21, 2021

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Up to US$25K in funding is available for social ventures that are:

  • 100% African-owned
  • Sustainable
  • Impact-driven
  • Revenue-generating


  • 2021 Mandela Washington fellow*
  • All tracks (public management, civic engagement, and business)
  • All sectors
  • Venture must be African-owned and managed, based in, and operating in sub-Saharan Africa
  • One application allowed

What we are looking for:

  • Viability of the proposed business or social venture.
  • Track record, including the grantee’s related experience and ability to execute.
  • Impact — the potential for impact and a demonstration of how the venture will improve and change the communities in which the grants are implemented.
  • Unmet Need — The degree to which the venture addresses unmet needs of under-served communities and/or market demand.
  • Sustainability — How sustainable is the venture and/or organization. “Donor dependent” organizations will not be selected.

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* Alumni who are government officials are ineligible to apply.

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