Opportunities Weekly: Over $30,000 in grants and seed funding available

August 9, 2017
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This week present more opportunities at your finger tips. They include grants, training, etc. Carefully peruse and be sure to apply for the ones you fit.

Call for Concept Notes for TY Danjuma Foundation’s Grants Program 2018

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The TY Danjuma Foundation is accepting Concept Note for its 2018 Grants. The TY Danjuma Foundation (TYDF) is a private independent grant-making philanthropic organisation based in Abuja, Nigeria. It was established by General TY Danjuma GCON (Rtd) and works with a distinguished board of trustees.

Grant Priority Areas

The Foundation focuses on the following two (2) priority areas:

  • Community Health; and
  • Education

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a registered not for profit organisation working in Nigeria;
  • Possess a valid audit report of not more than two (2) years old (This does not apply to applicants under Community Funds scheme);
  • Have a verifiable organisational structure;
  • Verifiable community participation & government involvement in the project; and
  • Demonstrable track record of engagement in similar or related projects.

How to apply for the TYDF Grant

Applicants must visit the website to submit their concept notes of 3 pages, strictly following the provided guidelines. to apply.

Airtel Digital Journalism Training 2017

Google Digital Journalism Program 2017

The digital journalism training being sponsored by Airtel Nigeria under the aegis of The Journalism Clinic, will start in Lagos on Monday, 21 August. The training will be facilitated by Dan Mason, an internationally-acclaimed digital journalism trainer will last five days in each location, with three days for multimedia storytelling and two days for data journalism. In 2015, Airtel Nigeria had sponsored 100 journalists on the #ChangeYourStory multimedia storytelling training also organised by The Journalism Clinic and facilitated by Mason. The Kaduna leg of the training starts on Monday 28 August.

Interested journalists are advised to watch out for further information on The Journalism Clinic’s Facebook page, its Twitter handle @Clinic4Journos or email founder@TheJournalismClinic.com

Clean Energy Wire Grants Program for energy & climate journalism beyond borders

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Clean Energy Wire CLEW is offering three grants for the most promising international collaborative projects from at least two different countries on the topics of clean energy, climate policy and the shift to a low-carbon economy.

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Clean Energy Wire CLEW will support successful applicants’ stories with a grant of between €4,000 and €6,000. The three successful journalist teams will be invited to the 2017 Clean Energy Wire CLEW Network Conference, which will take place in Bonn, Germany, 10-11 November 2017. Each team will present their project pitch and an audience vote will decide which will receive the award of €6,000, €5,000 or €4,000.

Application criteria

  • Teams of at least two journalists working across different media outlets in different countries will be eligible.
  • Adherence to internationally applicable professional journalistic standards is a must. By submitting your application, you agree to follow the code of professional conduct for journalists developed by the International Federation of Journalists. You are also welcome to consult the principles of quality journalism and transparency that the Clean Energy Wire additionally subscribes to.
  • The backing of an editor, or editors, stating concrete interest in publishing your story is an advantage.
  • Focus: Topics that explore the transition to clean energy, climate policy and the shift to a low-carbon economy will be considered.
  • Cross-border: The story must take a genuinely cross-border approach, i.e. involving actors or activities in more than one country. In addition, it must be aimed at publication by different media outlets in two or more countries by April 30, 2018. Your application must demonstrate how a cross-border perspective adds value to your story.
  • Type of story: All types of story are encouraged, including features, investigative journalism and comparative reporting. This grant is targeted primarily at print and online journalism but projects in other media/taking a multimedia approach will also be considered.
  • Language: The story may be published in any language/s. Applications for the grant must be submitted in English.

The application deadline is 15 September 2017.

Interested journalists may visit the website to apply.

KB Business Support (KBBS) in partnership with Insidify

Opportunities from KBBS

The KB Business Support (KBBS), in partnership with Insidify, is calling for applications for its 2017 programme.

The KB Business Support is a program that provides financial support to small businesses or individuals in need of funds that can be used as set-up cost, additional working capital for an existing small business, or additional funding required in the operations of a new business.

The 2017 programme will be giving out a collateral and interest-free cash support of ₦3million in bits of ₦500,000 to 6 young entrepreneurs to help them kick start their micro-businesses. In addition to this, every applicant will enjoy a short online course on entrepreneurship for free, with a certificate. The entrepreneurship course was designed in collaboration with the Enterprise Development Centre EDC.


  • Applicants should be between the ages of 25 to 35.
  • The business must be a type which in the opinion of the trustees, has a likelihood of survival, is profitable and scalable.
  • The Business leader must be 100% dedicated to the project and must not be employed in any other company while you are participating in the Scheme.
  •  Only 1 application is permitted per applicant

How to apply

All application begins online.

The Next Titan

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The Next Titan is back for the fourth season and scouting for young and ambitious entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Heritage Bank, the program seeks entrepreneurs who can demonstrate their commercial insights, business acumen and emerge victorious in a 16-week challenge. Entrepreneur looking to start a new business idea or expand an existing one can take advantage of this. Winner gets to walk away with ₦5,000,000 and a brand new car.

How to apply

Visit the website to register.

Africa As a Platform (AAAP)

Opportunities from AAAP

Africa as a Platform is a tech conference that recognizes information and communications technology (ICT) innovators throughout the African continent using technology to confront Africa’s daring economic challenges. The Platform is a joint partnership of Q21solutions Ltd and ADE Digital Media Ltd. Together, they seek to invest in innovators truly affecting lives in Africa.


  • ₦2,000,000 seed funding per initiative category
  • Mentorship training with established professionals in the winner’s sector.

How to apply

To begin your application process, visit the online platform.

YouWiN! Connect

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YouWiN! Connect is a multimedia programme of the Federal Ministry of Finance. The programme aims to promote entrepreneurship, job creation and wealth via enterprise education for young Nigerians between the age of 18 – 40. Nigerian entrepreneurs will enhance their productivity through relevant SME development tools.


  • Applicants must be a graduate from a higher institution.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 40.
  • Applicants must be Nigerians and resident in Nigeria.
  • Applicants businesses must be resident in Nigeria.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate effectively – speaking and writing – in English.
  • Applicants must be willing to attend all training and mentoring exercises organised by the programme.
  • Applicants must not be an employee of the Nigerian Civil Service.
  • Previous YouWiN awardees are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

Eligible applicants may head to the online portal. Deadline for application is August 31, 2017.

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