The project has three interdependent objectives as follows:
- Objective 1: Strengthen Community-Based Organizations and Movements.
- Objective 2: Create opportunities for dialogue and support evidence-based advocacy.
- Objective 3: Grow the Community Immunity network of partners.
TrustAfrica is a partner to the continent's change agents, diverse civil society organizations, top-ranked think tanks, and vibrant social movements. It aims to support civic engagement that achieves justice, accountability, and equitable development in Africa. In its 14-year history, TrustAfrica has stewarded over US$80 million in support of African civil society organizations and has worked at the local community level on advocacy campaigns to bring the voices of the most vulnerable and marginalized citizens to the continent's top policy arenas. Its theory of change is that societies become more stable, prosperous, equitable, and just with responsible citizenship and accountable leadership. It leverages philanthropy that connects resources to priority development needs and catalyzes' action for Africa's transformation.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
TrustAfrica, as part of the Community Immunity Initiative, is inviting Concept Notes from potential partners in West Africa, Central Africa, and North Africa. We seek to partner with community-based organizations and organizations that work directly with marginalized populations or individuals.
We will support grants:
- Aimed at ensuring poor and marginalized communities are equipped with the tools to access information, relief to counter the effects of COVID-19, and hold decision-making structures accountable.
- We are focused on impacting the livelihoods of one or more of the following groups: women in rural areas, young people, ex-miners, informal and cross-border traders, domestic workers, small-scale farmers, migrant workers, and refugees.
- That can also be used as a strategy for scale, where artists, media outlets (including community radios), emerging social movements of youth, women and other groups, social entrepreneurs, and relevant community-based organizations develop and disseminate popular media from the perspective of communities and aligning with the Community Immunity objectives.
Applications should be in the form of a Brief Concept Note, not more than 2-3 pages, and a budget from civil society organizations in the three targeted regions. Concept notes should include the following sections:
- About the organization
- Context and Problem Analysis
- Project Goal and Objectives
- Specific Activities
- Partnerships and Stakeholders
This is a small grants program and will support budgets of below $10,000.
ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY FOR TRUSTAFRICA GRANTS
Before beginning the process, applicants should ensure their organizations are eligible to apply for a TrustAfrica grant. Successful concept notes submitted by organizations will be invited to submit a complete application using TrustAfrica's online grants portal - Fluxx. You will have the opportunity to create your profile by completing a detailed online form to provide information on your organization's governance structure and accountability, both financially and operationally. TrustAfrica will give more details to shortlisted applicants.
As part of our due diligence process, the documents below will be required:
- A valid registration certificate.
- The most recent financial statements.
- The banking information of the organization for an account in the name of the organization.
- The IRS form provided, which is an affidavit containing organizational information.
- A letter of recommendation (first time applicants only), usually from a local institution.
- The resumes of key staff involved in the project.
USE OF FISCAL SPONSOR
In certain circumstances, when a prospective grantee fails to meet essential criteria, pertains to an individual application, or lacks the capacity to manage grant funds, a fiscal agent can be proposed on behalf of the implanter.
What We Cannot Fund
- Funds for travel to the United States
- Endowment grants
- Capital projects, such as the purchase or construction of buildings.
- Partisan politics
- For-profit activities or enterprises