Developing young social entrepreneurs in Africa.

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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

Global Philanthropy Alliance encourages grant proposals from grassroots organizations in Kenya, Nigeria and 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 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.

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.


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.     


How to submit

Grant applications will not be accepted at this time, kindly check our website near the end of 2015 for updated information and grant applications. All materials must be submitted electronically. Our next funding cycle begins in June, 2016.

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.  

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. While we do not have a specific date for notification of funding status to applicants at this time, we strive to do so in a timely manner. 

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.