Who can apply for funding?

OSF-Africa awards grants to public institutions as well as sub-regional and continental organizations. Eligible organizations include not-for-profit entities, trusts, public interest media and university-based institutions registered in Africa. All entities must have appropriate governance structures in place, which include term limits and rotation and accountable financial systems.

In some instances, where an entity is not registered, is nascent or has limited capacity, it can apply through a fiscal agent/host/sponsor. A fiscal agent/host/sponsor is an eligible entity that manages grant funds and all required reporting on behalf of the entity and agrees to be liable for the financial management of the grant. Fiscal hosts are ideal for nascent organizations or movements.

Can organizations apply as a consortium?

Yes, if it is clear who the leading organization will be, and the participation of consortium members in the application process is evident. Before a grant is allocated, a contractual document between the consortium members; linking the organizations and their roles and responsibilities will be required.

Can private companies or for-profit organizations apply for funding?

OSF-Africa does not fund private companies or those operating on a for-profit basis, except for academic institutions for research. OSF-Africa will however support social enterprises that make profits but do core work for social impact. For this to be possible, sustainability needs be well addressed.

Can individuals apply for funding?

OSF-Africa may award grants to individuals whose proposed work fits within the OSF-Africa strategy, and where funding an organization is not possible.

Does OSF-Africa support unregistered movements?

We may support the work of unregistered movements.

Does OSF-Africa fund international organizations?

OSF’s priority is to strengthen African led institutions and initiatives working at national, continental, and global levels. It is necessary to invest in building strong, autonomous, agency, ideas, and solutions to critical challenges on the continent. OSF-Africa primarily awards grants to African organizations. Under exceptional circumstances, OSF-Africa may provide funding to Africa-based international organizations committed to African leadership, voice, and agency.

What does OSF-Africa not fund?

Each application is considered on its own merits and must fall within our strategic focus areas and approach. However, OSF-Africa does not support the following:

a. Projects located and for the benefit of regions outside of Africa.

b. Projects providing social services such as health clinics, childcare facilities, hosting of youth groups, food parcels. However, OSF-Africa will support social enterprises that make profits but do core work for social impact. For this to be possible, sustainability needs be well addressed.

c. Humanitarian relief.

d. Scholarships, bursaries and individualized academic or other support.

Does OSF-Africa fund overhead costs?

OSF-Africa funds core and project costs. Core funding supports an organization’s functioning, such as rent, full-time salaries and other fixed costs, institutional support such as strategic plan, strengthening financial policies and accounting systems, corporate governance and technical support.


Project funding relates to costs for a specific project or initiative that an organization wants to undertake. Examples include workshops and time-specific projects.

What is the maximum/minimum amount that can be applied for?

There are no maximum or minimum thresholds to the amounts we fund. However, applicants may be asked to adjust their budgets if necessary.

What currency should be used in the requested budget?

The budget template provides space for use of the local currency and its equivalent in USD. The proposal budget should be submitted in both currencies (local currency and USD). The exchange rate used should be indicated.

Where can proposal and budget templates be found?

Proposal and budget templates are available in English, French and Portuguese. Please click on the appropriate links below:

How do we know whether our project is a good fit under the OSF-Africa pillars?

Please refer to our detailed strategy document or the useful two-page summary of our strategy.

Can the project target more than one pillar?

Yes, applications may target more than one pillar.

Can an organization submit multiple proposals?

Yes, an organization may submit more than one proposal. However, applicants are encouraged to de-silo applications.

Can an organization submit a proposal using its own organizational template?

No, only proposals submitted in the provided OSF-Africa templates will be accepted.

Can an organization apply for a multi-year grant (e.g. a grant over three years)?

Yes, organizations may apply for multi-year grants with a maximum of five (5) years in line with the organizations strategic plan

What are the OSF-Africa priority countries?

Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Can organizations not operating in OSF-Africa priority countries apply?

No, only organizations operating in the OSF-Africa priority countries listed above may apply. A partner registered in non-priority country but has a regional and/or continental proposal which covers targeted OSF-Africa priority countries might be qualified.

Is there a possibility to get help in filling in the templates?

OSF-Africa staff are unable to assist applicants to fill in templates and other application material. However, our staff are on standby to answer any questions you may have in this regard. Please contact OSF-Africa-Proposals@osisa.org if you have any questions not answered by these FAQs.

When will we hear whether our application has been successful?

The time required to review a proposal varies according to the complexity of the proposal. It may take three to six months from the time a proposal is received to the date a final decision is made. You will be advised accordingly.