Practical Insights on Grant Funding

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ICT4D Grant Funding

Do you want to use information and communication technologies to improve social and economic development? Do you need grant funding for your ICT4D startup business idea? Here are two popular international donors that provide seed funds for innovative humanitarian aid programs.

USAID Grant Funding

USAID generally undertakes direct assistance programs to benefit developing countries through competitive grants and cooperative agreements. This ensures that all activities are concentrated on specific objectives to maximize impact and that they are consistent, mutually reinforcing, and draw support from the best available sources.

Check to see if USAID and your organization are currently working in the same country and to ensure that your organization’s goals align with the USAID priorities for that country. Establish a relationship with the USAID Mission in the countries where you work; set up meetings with them and invite them to see your operation.

Gates Foundation Grant Funding

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. They offer two grant types: Seed Grants and Scale-Up Grants.

  • Seed Grants: $250,000 to be implemented up to 12 months. Seed Grants should leverage digital technology innovations with the potential to scale by utilizing a proven technology from another sector.
  • Scale-Up Grants: $1,500,000 to be implemented up to 24 months. Scale-Up Grants demonstrate ability and sufficient evidence to have positive impact by using digital technology innovations with demonstrated readiness to scale and proven ability to bundle with other services.

More Grant Funding Opportunities

Apply Now: $900,000 for African Natural Language Processing Projects

Apply Now: $900,000 for African Natural Language Processing Projects

Published on: Nov 24 2021 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
The ability to communicate and be understood in one’s own language is fundamental to digital and societal inclusion. Natural language processing techniques...
Apply Now: $500,000 for Ethical Emerging Technology Research Projects

Apply Now: $500,000 for Ethical Emerging Technology Research Projects

Published on: Nov 15 2021 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Artificial intelligence and other emerging technology are producing serious ethical questions for their creators, promoters, and society at large. How can we examine...
Apply Now: $6,000 in Fellowships for African Women Data Journalists

Apply Now: $6,000 in Fellowships for African Women Data Journalists

Published on: Nov 01 2021 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
The Global Media Monitoring Project is the largest and longest longitudinal study on the gender gap in the world’s media. Every five years since 1995, GMMP research...
Apply Now: $100,000 for Global South Feminist Artificial Intelligence Research

Apply Now: $100,000 for Global South Feminist Artificial Intelligence Research

Published on: Oct 18 2021 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
Systemic gender, racial and intersectional bias sit at the core of current artificial intelligence processes born in the North, replicated in the South. There is...
Apply Now: $86,000 for EduTech Innovations for South African Learners

Apply Now: $86,000 for EduTech Innovations for South African Learners

Published on: Oct 12 2021 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
As access to technology grows rapidly throughout South Africa, educational technology provides an opportunity for parents to harness innovation and rapidly accelerate...
Apply Now: €10,000 for Inclusive EduTech Solution for African Learners

Apply Now: €10,000 for Inclusive EduTech Solution for African Learners

Published on: Sep 06 2021 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Access to education is one of the greatest barriers to inclusion for children, young persons and adults with disabilities in Africa. The COVID-19 digital response...
Apply Now: $300,000 for Your Open Source Internet Freedom Initiatives

Apply Now: $300,000 for Your Open Source Internet Freedom Initiatives

Published on: Aug 23 2021 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
In the COVID-19 era, connectivity is a necessity. Virtually all human activities – business, education, healthcare, politics, socializing – have moved...
Apply Now: $635,000 for African Academic Research on Digital Inclusion

Apply Now: $635,000 for African Academic Research on Digital Inclusion

Published on: Aug 16 2021 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
Information and communication technology infrastructure has proven vital in helping countries and consumers adapt and respond to the pandemic. ICTs have enabled...
Apply Now: $17,000 Agriculture Satellite Data Machine Learning Challenge

Apply Now: $17,000 Agriculture Satellite Data Machine Learning Challenge

Published on: Aug 09 2021 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
The agricultural sector makes a substantial contribution to GDP and livelihoods across the developing world. However, regular and reliable agricultural data remains...
Apply Now: €1,500,000 for Your Educational Technology Solutions

Apply Now: €1,500,000 for Your Educational Technology Solutions

Published on: Jul 12 2021 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
The unprecedented Covid-19 crisis has greatly affected the education sector, with more than a billion young people in a lockdown and distance education expanding...