Grants - Frequently Asked Questions
At Africa No Filter, we believe that by investing our money, time, and voice into the community of African storytellers and content creators, we will (over time) see an increase in narratives and stories that reflect a more diverse, dynamic, and evolving continent. We welcome applications from all over the continent and the Diaspora and are particularly interested in pan-African organisations or projects.
Africa No Filter is a donor collaborative funded by Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society Foundation, Comic Relief, British Council and the Hilton Foundation. We support the development of nuanced stories that shift existing, stereotypical narratives about Africa through research, grant making and advocacy.
Africa No Filter is committed to supporting storytellers within the Media, Research, Arts & Culture sectors who are presenting contemporary, nuanced and empowering narratives about Africa and/or challenging stereotypical narratives about Africa through their work. We do not award grants to projects just because they are good, popular or creative. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate how their work potentially shifts perceptions of Africa and/or a country on the continent.
Narratives evolve from stories which when told consistently overtime, ladder up to narratives. ANF theory of change suggests that to shift narratives we need to crowd in new stories that offer alternative perspectives. So, does your story offer an alternative, not often seen perspective of Africa? If it does, then it will contribute to shifting narratives. Some examples of Africa No Filter grantees can be found here
Africa No Filter prioritizes the funding of storytellers and stories that present an alternative perspective of Africa and showing Africans as changemakers. Currently, we are not looking to fund stories that perpetuate stereotypical narratives about the continent.
We do not. Due to the volume of applications, we receive, we will only consider applications that have been submitted on time.
Visit Our Grants for information on our current grants, application process and application. We will only consider submissions that have gone through the online application process.
If you are having trouble submitting your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Please refer to the specific grant call out you are applying for as amounts vary depending on the grant, but as a rule of thumb, the maximum amount that can be applied for is $25,000 for project support grants, capacity building grants and operational support grants, $15,000 for convening grants and $2,500 for Kekere grants.
For all other grants, please visit the relevant page.
Our maximum grant limit is $25k
The eligibility criteria for each grant are listed on the application form. The common thread for all our applications is that we want to support narrative-changemakers/storytellers on the continent.
No, you do not have to be in Africa, but your project must be demonstrating a focus on Africa and the Diaspora. Interested persons from the diaspora are encouraged to apply.
Not at all! We continue to strive to ensure inclusivity and diversity with our grants process and are now receiving applications in French and Arabic for each application. Francophone, Lusophone and Arabic speaking Africans are encouraged to apply!
Yes of course! Individuals are encouraged to apply but you must have a track record and experience to show for the project you are applying for.
Yes, it can! You only need to show evidence of how it will be implemented.
No, we do not. This includes the purchase of computers, cameras, microphones and any other equipment needed to implement projects.
No, we do not.
The grant duration is typically up to 1 year. Please check the terms of the specific grant you are applying for.
Our Project-Support Grants support the delivery of creative projects on the continent by storytellers and media platforms that are using art, innovation, tech and creativity to challenge stereotypical narratives about Africa. Grants must be for a specific project, with a clear start and end date and project milestones. Operational Support grants cover operational costs to keep the organisation going whilst it conducts its work. The grant supports organisations seeking to build a stronger, more sustainable infrastructure.
Yes, you can.
The organization that is serving as the fiscal sponsor, and is eligible to apply for funding, should be the organization submitting the application.
Rarely. When we do fund them, they are generally initiated by Africa No Filter. We focus our support on projects for which applicants have already began working on with evidence of initial impact.
Yes, an organization needs to be registered to apply for a grant application. All organisations are taken through a due diligence process which requires providing documentation to verify your organisation and organisational activities. Successful candidates will be informed of this prior to receiving their grant.
Once the deadline for a grant application has closed, an email will be sent to all applicants confirming their submission has been received. Please ensure you check your junk/spam inbox to avoid missing this email. Your application will then be reviewed against our scoring criteria by the Africa No Filter Team. Shortlisted candidates are then invited for an interview or pitch where we get to know more about you, your organisation/project and your application.
It depends on the grant application. All applications will indicate the date in which applicants will be notified. It typically takes 6-8 weeks AFTER the closing of the application process for us to get back to applicants.
Yes, we do. All applicants shall receive an email on status of their applications. However, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to give detailed feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
Yes, however you will not be awarded more than one grant as we want to support as many storytellers on the continent as possible!
There is no waiting period for organisations or individuals that have been declined for a grant. Please look out for the next grant call out to submit your application once again.
No. We do not offer COVID relief grants.
Please reach out to us on email@example.com for any further questions.
Any tips for me as an applicant?
- Be concise!
- Be different
- Be cost effective
- Be jargon free
- Don’t re-use ANF language 😊
- Demonstrate impact!