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Vital Capital Fund

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Vital capital

Vital Capital Fund is a $350 million private equity fund that invests in opportunities which simultaneously enhance the quality of life of communities in rapidly developing nations, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, while also delivering attractive financial returns for investors.

Sectors: Urban community housing solution, Agriculture, Healthcare, Renewable Energy, Water and Education

 

Type of Fund & Amount

Private equity 
Investment ticket size of US$10-50 million 

 

Eligibility

Ventures or businesses which present a strong potential for both significant positive financial returns, as well as social and/or environmental (S&E) impact 

 

Geographic Eligibility

Africa

Segal Family Foundation (SFF)

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SFF

SFF is a philanthropic organization that gives opportunities and resources to people in rural Africa, allowing them to change their communities for the better.

 

Type of Fund & Amount

First-time grants to Grassroots Innovators and Systems Innovators range from $10,000-$30,000. 

Grants are capped at $100,000 a year per partner 

Only covers 20-30% of an NGO’s organization’s budget 

 

Eligibility

Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant:
•    Are small and early stage
•    Have an annual budget ranging between $50,000 and $500,000
•    Demonstrate at least two years of operations and successful fundraising to support such operations
•    Have paid staff and a board of directors or advisory committee.
•    Are legally registered as a nonprofit organization in the country of operation

 

Geographical Eligibility

Africa

Ford Foundation

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Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is always open to new ideas, and it invites the submission of ideas through its short online form. The Foundation will review each one and be in touch within 45 days if it is interested in learning more. Before ideas are submitted, it is suggested to familiarize oneself with Ford Foundations seven program areas focused on challenging inequality: (1) Civic engagement and government; (2) Creativity and free expression; (3) Future of Work(ers); (4) Gender, racial and ethnic justice; (5) Just cities and regions; (6) Natural resources and climate change; (7) Technology and Society

Eligibility

Innovators, organizations, another with an innovative idea

SAB Foundation

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SAB foundation


SAB Foundation invest in entrepreneurs and social innovation, with a priority in benefiting women and youth, people in rural areas and people with disability. They focus on providing funding for small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.

The Social Innovation Awards are aimed at innovators/ /institutions/social enterprises with prototypes or early stage businesses that can solve a social problem in South Africa. 

 

Type of Fund & Amount

Social Innovation Awards range from: R200,000 – R 1,300,000

 

Eligibility

Organizations and entrepreneurs

 

Geographical Eligibility

South Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Youth Entrepreneurship Innovation Trust Fund (YEI)

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AfDB

The Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund (YEI Trust Fund) is a trust fund launched in November 2017 under the auspices of Jobs for Youth in Africa, a Bank initiative in line with the Bank's High 5 priorities.

The YEI Trust Fund is intended to help implement the goals of the Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative, which are to create 25 million jobs and equip 50 million young men and women of working age with the skills they need to help them join the formal sector, by 2025.

The Fund, which is managed by the Agriculture, Human and Social Development division in the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department, received an initial contribution from Denmark and Norway in 2017. Today, the Fund has reached nearly USD 40 million and welcomed the Governments of Sweden, The Netherlands and Italy as additional donors to its pool of donors.