ISDAO Calls for Grant Proposals – 2019

Application deadline: 31st  October 2019

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 nine West African countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo.  For this call, grants will be awarded through an open, competitive, and participatory process, presided over by an Activist Grantmaking Panel (AGMP).
Our call for proposals includes three categories of grants, which are: :

  • Up to USD 5,000 ⎯ Foundational seed support for informal start-ups between 0-2 years, working locally at the grassroots. These organizations 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 organizations 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 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, the eligibility of the above grant applications is limited to LGBTQI-led organizations focusing on LGBTQI people in the nine current ISDAO focal countries.
 You can access the Visual representation of our Grantmaking process, our Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions and our grant application forms, at  :
For more information, please refer to the Grantmaking Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions document. For further assistance, please e-mail Given the high volume of inquiries we receive during the call, we encourage applicants to send queries and questions as soon as possible.

You can learn more about the latest cycle of ISDAO grants, examples of grants awarded and our partner organizations by clicking on this link:

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