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

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 $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 non-profit organization in the country of operations.


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.


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

  • Operate in a country where SFF currently has several other grantee partners.
  • Operate in a country that is not currently involved in armed conflict.
  • Operate in countries where we are actively growing our portfolio: Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Malawi. We are currently only accepting solicited applications from organizations working in Kenya or Uganda.

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, endowments, or capital campaigns.

Grant Guidelines

  • We determine a grant’s size based on the context of the organization. First-time grants typically range from $10,000-$30,000.
  • Most grant commitments last 12 months. Grants are capped at $100,000 a year per partner.
  • Funding restrictions: Our support is generally capped at 20%-30% of an established organization’s budget. We want to be an influential support while ensuring our partners have diverse donor networks.
  • Milestones: We create mutually agreed-upon milestones with our new and existing partners with each new grant. Milestones give our partners clear, measurable goals, and allow us to better follow progress and understand how partners operate.

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, Andy discusses how to stand out when submitting to an open portal, talks about fundraising from American donors, and takes questions from the crowd.