The African Women Development Fund

African Women Development Fund


The African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant-making foundation which supports local, national and regional NGO in Africa working towards women's empowerment. Through institutional capacity building and programme development, AWDF seeks to build a culture of learning and partnerships within the African women's movement.

The vision of AWDF is for African women to live in a world in which there is social justice, equality and respect for women's human rights. To this end, our mission is to mobilise financial resources to support local, national and regional initiatives led by women, which will lead to the achievement of this vision.

The AWDF funds local, national, sub-regional and regional organisations in Africa working towards women's empowerment. The AWDF is an institutional capacity-building and programme development fund, which aims to help build a culture of learning and partnerships within the African women's movement. In addition to raising money and awarding grants, the AWDF will attempt to strengthen the organisational capacities of its grantees.


The AWDF funds work in six thematic areas:

·        Women's Human Rights

·        Political Participation

·        Peace Building

·        Health & Reproductive Rights

·        Economic Empowerment.

·        HIV/AIDS


Who can apply?

1.     NGO can be local, national, sub-regional or regional African women's organisations, from any part of Africa.

2.     Local women's NGO should send in the names of two referees, one of who should be a member of a women's NGO that operates nationally.

3.     The African Women's Development Fund will give grants for projects related to any of the thematic areas specified above.

4.     The African Women's Development Fund will give grants for capital costs such as purchase of computers, printers, photocopiers.


Deadline -

AWDF make grants in three cycles each year. Applications can be sent in at any time.


Size of grants

NGO can apply for grants ranging from $5000 – $50,000. Kindly note that most grants will be for less than the maximum. Grants over $20,000 will only be made to NGOs which operate on a regional basis.


Criteria for the review of grant applications:

1.     Applying NGOs should preferably have been in existence for at least three years.

2.     Women's NGOs have to be led and managed by women.

3.     National or regional NGOs may apply for a women-specific project, but will have to demonstrate that there are women involved in their governance, and that the project will be managed by a senior woman in the organisation.

4.     Potential grantees should show how the project proposal fits into the organisation's overall strategy for the area of work or community in which it is located.

5.     NGO have to demonstrate how their work fits into either a local, national or regional strategy for the empowerment of African women.

6.     NGO should have basic organisational systems and structures in place. The African Women's Development Fund will look for evidence of effective leadership, planning and networking.

7.     NGO should have a clear evaluation and sustainability plan for the project

8.     The potential to raise additional funding.

9.     Ability to manage funds and account for them in a transparent manner.


The AWDF will not support the following projects:

·        NGO that aim to convert people to any religious belief

·        Political parties or women's wings of political parties

·        Individuals

·        Government departments

·        Scholarships and fellowships for academic studies

·        Women's NGOs which are not led by women


How to apply?

Interested NGO should send in their proposals to The African Women's Development Fund secretariat in Accra, Ghana, using the grant application guidelines. Applications can be sent in English, French, or Portuguese, by email (, or post.


Grant Application Guidelines

In order to consider your request, The African Women's Development Fund need basic and specific information about your NGO, its composition, and its purposes. The African Women's Development Fund need to know how your organisation believes its work can be supported with a grant of $5,000- $50,000. Please write your project proposal using the following guidelines:



1. Name of NGO

2. Address (Physical & Postal)

3. Telephone and Fax numbers

4. E-mail address, and World Wide Web site address (if any)

5. Contact person's name and title

6. Who completed this proposal? Please sign and date.

7. Contact details of two (2) referees

8. How did you learn about the African Women's Development Fund?



Purpose of the organization?

1. What are your NGO's main goals?

2. When was your NGO formed?

3. Who started your NGO and why?

4. Is your NGO local, national, sub-regional or regional?

5. In which region(s) does your NGO work?

6. Who are the main beneficiaries of your NGO's activities?

7. What are your organisational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?



1. How does your NGO make decisions? Does your NGO have a staff, a board, advisors, or volunteers? How many of each? What are their roles? How many are women? What are their positions?

2. How many people participate in your NGO? Do you have members? If so, how many? How many are women? What are their positions?

3. Is your NGO a women's organization? If not, please explain the role women play in making decisions about your organisation's activities.


Activities and/or Programs

1. What would you describe as the key areas of work for your NGO, i.e. women's human rights issues, economic empowerment, etc.

2. What are the key challenges your NGO faces in this area of work?

3. Describe your NGO's past activities and/or programs.

4. Describe your NGO's present activities and/or programs.

5. What are your NGO's plans for the future?

6. How does this project you are applying for fit into those plans?


Financial Situation

1. Please include your NGO's budget for current financial year

2. What sources of funds does your NGO have for the last twelve months? (Please list sources and amounts.)

3. Enclose a set of audited accounts for last financial year. The audited accounts/financial statement should include sources of funds for NGO activities and details of income and expenditure.



·        How much money are you applying for?

·        For what purpose are you seeking a grant from the African Women's Development Fund? State project objectives.

·        How many women do you expect to benefit from this project and how?

·        How this grant will be used, and include an activity plan and monitoring plan.

·        Clearly describe project sustainability plan

·        How will this grant enable your NGO to achieve its strategic objectives?

·        What is the change you expect to see at the end of this grant?

·        How will the grant benefit the women you wish to work with?

·        What are the views/perceptions within your community on the issues covered by the project? How do you expect to change these views by the end of the project?

·        What, if any, changes will the project make at policy and legislative levels?

·        Any other changes achieved?

·        Provide a detailed budget for the project. If you have prepared the budget using your local currency, please include the US dollar or UK Pounds Sterling equivalent.


Please include the following information:

a) A copy of your most recent annual report and financial statement

a) Brochures/leaflets describing the work you do

b) Relevant photographs, press clippings, posters, videos (if available)


The African Women's Development Fund,

Plot 78 Ambassadorial Enclave, East Legon,

Post: P.M.B CT 89 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana

For more info email to:


The NGO Funding Consultants