We support a wide range of organizations. If you are interested in joining SFF’s family of partners, carefully consider the following eligibility criteria before proceeding:


Organizations will only be considered for a grant if they operate in countries where we are actively growing our portfolio:

  • Burundi
  • Eastern DRC
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant…

  • Are led by people who live and work in the community.
  • Engage the communities they serve in their own development.
  • Can demonstrate that their work is effective.
  • Show innovation in their approach.
  • Have ambition to grow their impact.

Stage of Maturity

Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant…

  • Are small and early stage.
    • Have an annual budget ranging between $10,000 and $500,000.
    • Can demonstrate at least one full year of operations and successful fundraising to support such operations.
  • Have paid staff as well as a board of directors or advisory committee.
  • Are legally registered as a non-profit organization in the country of operations.

Please Note

  • We do not provide funding to create new organizations.
  • We do not support solely research or advocacy-based organizations.
  • We do not support local affiliates of international organizations.
  • We do not fund individuals.

Next Steps

Our team in Africa is responsible for identifying and vetting new partners. If your organization aligns with the criteria listed above and you would like to be notified about application cycles for your country, please fill out this form. You will then be placed on the mailing list for your country and will be among the first to hear about application opportunities as they arise.

What Donors Want

Listen to Executive Director Andy Bryant’s guest appearance on I.G. Advisors’ “What Donors Want” podcast. Recorded in front of a live studio audience in 2018, Andy discusses how to stand out when submitting to an open portal, talks about fundraising from American donors, and takes questions from the crowd. Read the transcript here.