Top 30 International Grants For NGOs In Nigeria & Other African Countries


A grant is that which is given as a benefit or as an act of charity.

Many Non-profit organizations in Africa have the initiative to help people that are lacking in one way or the other. Whether handicapped, special needs, autistic children, orphans etc. But they need sponsors; people who are willing to render help financially or otherwise.

These nonprofit organizations actually receive grants from local and international bodies who are interested in charity work.

In this article, we’re going to look at the various international grants for non-profit organizations in Nigeria and other African countries.

1. A.B. Charitable Trust

Created in 1990 by Yves and Anne Bonavero, the Trust supports unpopular causes that defend human dignity.

The Trust also focuses its grant on small and medium sized charities working close to the ground.

The Trust supports charities working where human dignity is threatened and where there are opportunities for human dignity to be affirmed.

Grants are awarded to organizations that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances.

2. A Glimmer of Hope Foundation

A Glimmer of Hope is a family foundation primarily focused on making a sustainable difference in the lives of the rural poor of Ethiopia by way of its innovative direct aid, self–help approach.

3. African Development Foundation

ADF provides small grants of $250,000 or less to private and other nongovernmental entities in Africa to:

Finance sustainable poverty alleviating initiatives that are conceived, designed, and implemented by Africans and aimed at enlarging opportunities for community development;

Stimulate and expand the participation of Africa’s poor in the development of their countries; and Build sustainable African institutions that foster grassroots development.

4. Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Aga Khan Foundation Canada is a non–profit international agency that supports social development programs in Asia and Africa.

Its programs focus on four core areas: health, education, rural development and building the capacity of non–governmental organizations.

Gender equity and protecting the environment are integrated into every program.

5. Bernard van Leer Foundation

The Bernard van Leer Foundation funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development (ECD).

Eligible countries for future grants currently are Brazil, Colombia, the East Caribbean region, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United States of America and Zimbabwe.

6. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Through its Global Health program, the foundation works to close the gap between rich and poor countries by encouraging new research and supporting healthcare organizations that reach people most in need.

7. Carnegie Corporation of New York

The Carnegie Corporation of New York was created to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”

Under Carnegie’s will, grants must benefit the people of the United States, although up to 7.4 percent of the funds may be used for the same purpose in countries that are or have been members of the British Commonwealth, with a current emphasis on Commonwealth Africa.

8. Cedar Foundation – Education & Children

The Cedar Foundation provides funding to enable students in disadvantaged circumstances to have the opportunity for high–quality education through college/university.

This is done through partnership support of orphanages, schools, and other charitable organizations providing academic development to children in USA, Mexico, South Africa and Kenya.

9. Credit Suisse Foundation

The Credit Suisse Foundation enhances participation through education by supporting innovative organizations and projects all over the world.

The programs promote and support the education of school–aged children in selected countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific using a three–fold approach that focuses on access; quality and relevance; impact and sustainability.

10. Flahive Family Foundation – International Focus

The purpose of the Flahive Family Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of people all over the world through activities that promote education, self–sufficiency, health and wellness.

The emphasis is on international projects and third world countries, especially Africa.

11. Greenbaum Foundation – International Focus

The Greenbaum Foundation focuses its funding primarily on international innovative human rights projects benefiting children and youth –– abolishing all forms of modern day slavery, ending female genital mutilation/cutting, fighting child abuse, neglect, sex trafficking of children, forced prostitution, the using of children as soldiers.

12. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – UK, Ireland, South Africa

The JRCT makes grants to individuals and to projects seeking the creation of a peaceful world, political equality and social justice.

They chiefly support work undertaken in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.

13. Oak Foundation – US & International Focus

The Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

Areas of funding interest include Climate Change, Human Rights, Homelessness, Marine Conservation, Child Abuse, Women Issues.

14. W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Grants are made in the four areas of: Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism.

All programming in these four interest areas is tailored to meet the needs of each geographic region.

Others include:


  • Canadian International Food Security Research Fund
  • Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters
  • Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation
  • Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs: Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • Ekhaga Foundation
  • European Commission: EuropeAid


  • Air France Foundation
  • Disability Rights Fund
  • United Nations Women’s Guild Vienna


  • Austrian Development Agency
  • Bank of New York Mellon Powering Potential Program
  • Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters
  • Dr. Scholl Foundation
  • Eaton Charitable Fund
  • Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs


  • Family Care Foundation
  • Global Fund for Children
  • Purley OverSeas Trust

In Conclusion

These grants for NGOs in Nigeria and Africa are very important because they go a long way in helping these organisations fight for the empowerment of women and youths, human rights, improve living conditions, education of less privileged, women development, peace and security etc.

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