The call for submission of grants proposals for 2018 is now open
The FIRE Africa Grants will be open between 5th March and 6th April. A total of $58,000 USD in funding will be available across two (2) categories. Selected projects will benefit from a series of institutional strengthening and capacity building activities aimed at providing the knowledge, tools and contacts needed to further advance successful initiatives. Projects must be aligned with one of the following categories:
- WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN ICT: New projects from organisations led by female entrepreneurs focusing on practical solution(s) that use technology to address specific challenges faced by women and girls. Three (3) grants, each amounting to $11,000 USD will be allocated in this category
- BUILDING COMMUNITY NETWORKS: New projects relating to research and implementation of low-cost solutions in the form of locally owned and managed communications infrastructure that uses technologies such as wireless communications/technologies to build community networks. Two (2) grants, each amounting to $15,000 USD will be allocated in this category.
There is a strong emphasis on the documentation of impact and knowledge sharing through papers, videos, and other communication materials. Successful applicants must include realistic project time frames, a detailed budget, and a clear communication strategy that details plans for dissemination of project outcomes. Project details, results and outcomes will be shared on the FIRE Africa website, the Internet Society website, with the AFRINIC community and global RIR community, on social media and on the Seed Alliance partners' websites for the benefit of the Internet as a whole. Grant Recipients are encouraged to share “behind the scenes” lessons learned during the project cycle as well as make themselves available for interviews and other promotional activities around the dissemination of project results.
Projects from African-based public or private sector organizations, universities, or research and development institutions, and non-government organizations will be considered. Individuals are not eligible. All applications must be aligned with the specific Grant's objectives, eligibility criteria, and administrative guidelines. Applications will only be accepted if the project is based in the African or Indian Ocean region as defined by the AFRINIC Service Region.
FIRE Africa actively encourages Francophone, Lusophone, female-led projects, projects originating in post-conflict countries, and projects that support isolated communities. We also encourage projects that use technology to address the specific challenges faced by women and girls, disabled people or marginalised groups.
FIRE Africa reserves the right to decide to partially fund a project. Grants proposal applications accepted for review will be assessed based on the following criteria:
|Grants applications open||15th March 2018|
|Grants applications close||6th April 2018|
|Selection process||9th April - 30th June 2018|
|Due diligence review and contracts||1st July - 30th July 2018|
|The announcement of successful application/s||1st August 2018|