ACT Foundation announces grant opportunities for Innovators and nonprofits serving in Health, Entrepreneurship, Environment, and Leadership

Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation (ACT)which is one of Africa’s leading grant-making bodies, has opened its annual grant cycle to eligible non-profit organizations and social enterprises based on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to drive sustainable impact across Africa.

Applications for funding are open from 17 October 2022 through the deadline of 11 November 2022 at 11:59pm (WAT). Successful applicants and grant awards will be announced in the first quarter of 2023.

To learn more about funding opportunities and eligibility criteria, please visit

For the 2023 grant cycle, ACT Foundation will welcome next-generation social entrepreneurs and community leaders who will build enterprises that create impactful and scalable innovations within the Foundation’s key focus areas – Health, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Leadership. Ideal applicants must demonstrate a proven track record of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in their community.

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal together with a detailed grant budget. After a thorough review by independent consultants and a final selection of the proposals, organizations will be formally informed of the next steps.

Now more than ever, the ACT Foundation is demonstrating its commitment to unlocking the potential of young African entrepreneurs, the key to Africa’s long-term economic transformation,” said ACT Foundation CEO, Osayi Alile. “There are different challenges across the continent, and with the 2023 grant cycle, we aim to find innovations that will break the cycle of poverty, weak health systems, low-quality education, climate change and economic inequality in Africa.”

“With the rapid development of the global digital economy and the availability of technology, the next century belongs to Africa,” said Alile. According to her, ACT Foundation is focused on impact-based projects that will create a sustainable impact for people, communities and the world at large.

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Since its establishment in 2006, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation has remained steadfast in its support of local, national and regional non-profit organizations working to address challenges and related vulnerabilities across the African continent.

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From health to entrepreneurship, leadership and the environment, ACT Foundation’s impact continues to touch lives in all 36 states of the Nigerian federation and eight other African countries, benefiting more than two million people across the continent.

Application Guidelines

Entries opened on Monday, 17 October 2022, and closes 11 November 2022, 11:59 pm (WAT). Late entries will not be considered. Only one entry per organization will be accepted. Once an entry is submitted, further changes will not be accepted. All entries must be submitted in English. No entry fee, purchase, or payment of any kind is required to apply.

Eligibility Criteria – Organizations must:

  • Submit social innovations that address challenges within any of the Foundation’s key focus areas – Health, Entrepreneurship, Environment, and Leadership.
  • Be registered with the appropriate legal entity within their respective countries (Africa) for a period of not less than two years (24 months).
  • Be legally registered as a non-profit organization (GTE/LTD). However, if the Foundation applies as a social enterprise, the Foundation will only fund non-profit initiatives.
  • Demonstrate a strong governance structure. The details of the board of directors should appear in the company’s registration documents.
  • Show evidence of other funding sources.
  • Have a minimum staff of 3 Part-time/full-time people.
  • Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, ie not acting as an intermediary.
  • Program/Initiative must be implemented in Africa.
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Ineligibility – ACT Foundation grants will NOT be extended to the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Non-profits without a legal Board of Directors or Trustee (as stated in your registration documents).
  • Any entity that has mismanaged the funds of other foundations in the past.
  • Political parties, campaign groups, institutions or their subsidiaries and affiliates.
  • Organizations that advocate, promote or support inhumane policies, illegal activities or terrorism.

For more information, visit or follow @actfoundation_on social media.


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