USAID is offering the following grants funding opportunities supporting technology for development projects in disaster response/WASH/renewable energy/health, Internet connectivity, agriculture, digital services and technology innovation across Africa.
1. Name: Humanitarian Grand Challenge for Development
Subject: USAID, DFID, and Grand Challenges Canada grant funding for life-saving or life-improving innovations in WASH, renewable energy, life-saving info, health products and services to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict
* Funding: 15 grants for $250,000 CAD, 4 grants for 1,000,000 CAD
* Deadline: Register by April 9, Apply by April 12.
2. Name: Women Connect Challenge
Subject: USAID’s Challenge in seeking comprehensive solutions that empower women and girls to access and use digital technology to drive positive health, education, and livelihood outcomes for themselves and their families in USAID presence countries. Proposals should demonstrate a clear understanding of the local context and barriers that prevent women and girls from having full access to digital tools. Solutions should have the potential to reach women and girls through replication or adaption in new geographies, sectors or contexts.
* Funding: 10 grants totaling $1,000,000 USD
* Deadline: Apply by May 4th
3. Name: Fall Armyworm Challenge
Subject: The USAID Digital Development for Feed the Future seeks digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to mitigate, identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.
* Funding: Grants totaling $400,000 USD
* Deadline: Apply by May 14th
4. Name: GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund
Subject: Equity-free funding, technical assistance and the opportunity to partner with mobile network operators (MNOs) to help scale the products and services of elected start-ups in Africa (and Asia Pacific) into sustainable businesses with positive socio-economic impact. The Fund is sector-agnostic and open to post-revenue start-ups using mobile technology to solve local challenges. Applicants need target low-income citizens, rural populations, women, or youth..
* Funding: 10 grants of $350,000 USD
* Deadline: Apply by April 15th
1) 50% matching funding for the total grant amount requested;
2) supported by the DFID and the Australian Government, not USAID.
5. Name: Zambezi Prize for Financial Inclusion
Subject: Grant funding to unearth and celebrate the startups that are solving Africa’s biggest financial inclusion challenges, such as financial literacy, digital identity and commercial viability. In addition to the cash prizes, selected firms will get fast-tracked to MIT’s $1 Million Inclusive Innovation Challenge, get introduced to investors and mentors from the MIT Legatum network of global leaders, and attend the Zambezi boot camp at the MIT campus in Boston, Massachusetts.
* Funding: 10 grants totaling $200,000 USD
* Deadline: Apply by June 1st
1) Funded by MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and the Mastercard
Foundation, not USAID.