Study Subjects: Approved thematic areas
Grant Award Level: All levels
Grant Award Provider: AWDF
Grant Awards can be taken at: Africa
African Women Development Fund (AWDF) is an institutional capacity-building and programme development fund, which aims to help build a culture of learning and partnerships within the African women's movement.
The AWDF funds local, national, sub-regional and regional organisations in Africa working towards women's empowerment.
In addition to awarding grants, the AWDF attempts to strengthen the organisational capacities of its grantees.
Who can Apply?
- Organisations can be local, national, sub-regional or regional African women’s organisations, from any part of Africa.
- Local women’s organisations should send in the names of two referees, one of who should be a member of a women’s organisation that operates nationally.
Targeted at African organisations working towards women's empowerment
The AWDF is not affiliated to any regional/international agency or government, it is an autonomous initiative which was set up by three African women who have been actively working on social justice and women’s rights issues for many years. The AWDF was founded by Ms Joana Foster (Ghana), Dr Hilda Tadria (Uganda), and Ms Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi (UK/Nigeria).
Fields of study
The AWDF funds work in six thematic areas:
- Women’s Human Rights
- Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods
- Governance, Peace and Security
- Reproductive Health and Rights
- Arts, Culture and Sports
Number of awards
Several, not specified by provider
Not specified. Inquire from provider
Grant Award benefits
The AWDF gives grants for projects related to any of our thematic areas. We expect applicants to build in relevant and reasonable running/core costs into their project proposals. Organisations can apply for grants of up to $40,000.
It is important to note that the AWDF is a grant-making organisation, it is not involved in micro-financing i.e. does NOT lend money.
Please also note that AWDF does not fund individuals neither do we provide scholarships. The AWDF is a grant-making organisation.
Method of Application
Interested organisations should send in their proposals to the AWDF secretariat in Accra, Ghana, using the grant application guidelines (found via link below).
Please note that whilst applications will be accepted by email and fax, a hard copy is still expected.
Organisations can be local, national, sub-regional or regional African women’s organisations, from any part of Africa. Local women's organisations should send in the names of two referees, one of who should be a member of a women’s organisation that operates nationally.
The AWDF makes grants in three cycles, March, August and November. Applications can be sent in at any time.
The African Women’s Development Fund
Plot Number 78, AWDF House
East Legon, Accra, Ghana
PMB CT 89 Cantonments,
Tel: +233 (0) 302 521257 / +233 (0) 302 923626 / +233 (0) 302 28 722006
Scholarship Application deadline: Rolling
Scholarship Open to International students: Yes (ONLY Africans)
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