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To date Global Philanthropy Alliance has made 48 grants totaling over $256,000 providing opportunity to over  15,000 youth in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.
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Information for Grant Seekers

The GPA grant submission deadline has passed. All submissions received after May  1, 2016 will be considered in June, 2017.

Global Philanthropy Alliance encourages grant proposals from grassroots organizations in Kenya, Nigeria and the Gauteng region of South Africa working in the areas of community development, youth empowerment and local philanthropy.  GPA is committed to supporting young social entrepreneurs and innovative ideas. Our grantees use an innovative approach and are creating value or new goods to solve problems in their community.


In order to leverage the impact of our funding, GPA will fund initiatives which involve youth leadership or empowerment and promote social entrepreneurship, community development, or economic development.


GPA supports specific project grants and overhead costs (staff time, rent, etc.) associated with the project. 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.  Complete instructions for submitting your grant application are listed below. 


General Eligibility

  • Organizations must be small, registered NGO's locally operated and based in Kenya, Nigeria or the Gauteng region of South Africa.
  • 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 be youth led (or at least youth engaging/empowering)--preferably developing strong identities for effective leadership as well as support youth work on behalf of their communities. For sustainability, economic development is an important component. Organizations should use business practices to solve social or community problems (social entrepreneurship)
  • While GPA will pay overhead costs associated with grants, proposals must have a programmatic focus.
  • Organizations must have reliable email address and ability to submit the application and other documentation in English, electronically.
  • South African applicants: All South African grant applicants must be located within the Gauteng Region and you must agree participate in training with GPA Partner, BIG. This organization will assist grantees developing their vision and skills to increase your program sustainability. Participation with BIG will include boot camp learning sessions with other GPA grantees (2 days every 6 months) as well as individual, monthly training sessions. The cost for participation in this program will be approximately $300 USD which you may include in your GPA grant request. 

How to Apply

If your organization is seeking your first GPA grant:

Please consult our general website, the grant application and in particular the information above to make certain you meet GPA criteria for funding. If you have any questions about your eligibility for funding please contact Jamie Brooks, GPA Executive Director.


Download the GPA First Level Grant Application HERE

If your organization is seeking second level funding from GPA:

Please consult our general website, the grant application and in particular, the information above to make certain you meet GPA criteria for funding.  If you have any questions about your eligibility for funding please contact Jamie Brooks, GPA Executive Director.     

Download the GPA Second Level Grant Application HERE


How 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 GPA Executive Director, Jamie Brooks about the status of your application.  

Please submit your complete application NO LATER THAN May 1, 2016

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 June 30, 2016 and funding decisions will likely be communicated by September 1, 2016.

Please also note: If an organization is chosen tor 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. A site visit is required prior to funding second grants.   This site visit may be conducted by the Africa Advisory Board (AAB), a member of the AAB, a member of a country committee, or a partner organization. 

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