Apply for ISDAO’s Inaugural Call for Grant Proposals

ISDAO is pleased to announce the launch of her first call for proposals

Application deadline: 30th November 2018
ISDAO (Sankofa Initiative for West Africa), is West Africa’s first activist-led and managed fund. ISDAO is dedicated to building a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights through a flexible approach to grantmaking and the strengthening of a culture of philanthropy committed to promoting human rights and social justice.

Currently, and for this call, ISDAO focuses on the nine West African countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo. In the future ISDAO will be expanding her reach in the region. For this call, grants will be awarded through an open, competitive, and participatory process, presided over by an Activist Grantmaking Panel (AGMP). This panel is currently being recruited to represent the geographical and demographic diversities that ISDAO seeks to resource.

Our first call ⎯ informed by our earlier community consultations, which mapped the varied capacities and needs of organisations in West Africa ⎯ includes three grant categories you can apply for, tailored to the diverse organising in the region. These include:

  • Up to USD 5,000 ⎯ Foundational seed support for informal start-ups between 0-2 years, working locally at the grassroots. These organisations might lack formal systems or structures and have most, if not all, their work led by volunteers.
  • Up to 15,000 ⎯ Funding to sustain pre-existing work undertaken by more formal groups that have been active for at least two years, working at local, national, or regional levels. These organisations should have some systems and structures in place, and a consistent team of part-time staff and should be consistently staffed by either paid employees (part-time or full-time) or volunteers.
  • Up to 20,000 ⎯ Funding to consolidate or develop work by formal groups working at national or regional levels that have at least 3 years’ working experience and have functional systems and structures and full-time staff.

Because we are a flexible, learning fund, we do not have fixed or predetermined funding priorities and thematic areas. We believe that movements’ complex needs are best addressed by using a varied mix of strategies developed and implemented by varied communities at different levels. However, eligibility to apply for the above grants is limited to LGBTQI-led and LGBTQI-focused organisations from any of the nine West African countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.

You can access our Grantmaking Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions, our grant application, and a visual representation of the process your application will go through once submitted, at

If you have any questions at this or any other stage of the process, we advise you to refer to the Grantmaking Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions document, available here. If you need further assistance, kindly send us an e-mail at Kindly note that our capacity to provide feedback to you will be limited by the number of requests we will receive during the call, and we advise you to send in your queries as soon as possible.

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