Developing young social entrepreneurs in Africa.

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To date Global Philanthropy Alliance has made 54 grants totaling over $301,000 providing opportunity to over  16,000 youth in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.
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Information for Grant Seekers

Global Philanthropy Alliance is dedicated to supporting young social entrepreneurs in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. Social entrepreneurs have ideas, skills, and experience effecting change in their own communities.  We know that they often lack financial capital to accomplish their goals and have learned that they also need technical assistance to help them to succeed.

We listen to our grantees and we have learned that grantees need capital to build their programs but also need technical support to ensure sustainability. GPA has adjusted our approach to grant making in an effort to better support our grantees.

Beginning January, 2017 GPA our dedicated country committees and partners in Kenya and South Africa will source grantees and, if funded,  provide vital technical assistance. For the 2017 grant year and beyond,  GPA will not accept unsolicited grant applications for both first and second grants for funding from youth led NGO’s in Kenya and South Africa. If you are not eligible for a GPA grant we will attempt to connect you with resources who may be of assistance.

GPA will accept unsolicited grant applications from Lagos, Nigeria and vicinity only. If your organization is based in this area and you would like to apply. please follow the links and instructions below:

General Eligibility   

  •  Are you a grassroots organization? Global Philanthropy Alliance encourages grant proposals from grassroots organizations in Lagos, Nigeria and vicinity who are working in the areas of community development, youth empowerment and local philanthropy.  Organizations must be small, registered NGO's based in Nigeria.
  • Are you a social entrepreneur? GPA is committed to supporting young social entrepreneurs and innovative ideas. Our grantees use an innovative approach and business practices that create value solve problems in their community.
  •  Is your organization youth led (or, youth empowered)? GPA will fund initiatives which involve youth leadership or empowerment and promote social entrepreneurship, community development, or economic development.
  • Will you use grant funds to benefit your community? Funds must be used for a charitable purpose. (Charitable purpose is defined by the US Internal Revenue Service as a broad range of activities that benefit the general welfare or the community.) 
  • Organizations must have reliable email address and ability to submit the application and other documentation in English, electronically.

What we will fund: 


GPA supports specific project grants and overhead costs (staff time, rent, etc.) associated with the project however, projects MUST have a programmatic focus. GPA supports capacity building, training and other organizational growth activities in addition to its programmatic interests. 

First grant funding will not exceed $5000.00 USD per year.  GPA seeks to maintain funding relationships with grantees over time with funding growing in size and scope therefore, after the conclusion of a first grant, grantees may apply for a second grant from GPA which may not exceed $10,000.00 USD.  

How to Apply-Lagos, Nigeria only


Please review the information above to make sure you meet the GPA criteria for funding. If you have any questions about your eligibility please contact Jamie Brooks, GPA Executive Director.

Download the GPA First Level Grant Application HERE

Download the GPA Second Level Grant Application HERE

To Submit:

Please send your materials or inquiries to:

Grant submissions will be acknowledged within 3 days by our Executive Director, Jamie Brooks who may follow up with additional questions. If you fail to receive an acknowledgement, please contact Jamie Brooks about the status of your application.  

Please submit your complete application NO LATER THAN May 15, 2017

Grant applications will be forwarded for review to our Africa Advisory Board, a dedicated team of professionals living and working in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. All grant requests will be reviewed by our Africa Advisory Board by the end of June, 2017 and funding decisions will likely be communicated by August 1, 2017.

NOTE: If an organization is chosen to receive either first or second level funding, GPA will require a post-approval form, grant agreement and documentation of NGO status.  In addition, GPA may request a site visit prior to funding.

GPA does not fund individuals, fundraising efforts, ongoing service provision, endowments or general operating costs not associated with a grant.