We issue calls from time to time for applications from multiple African countries or on specific themes. To be advised of such calls, please email to be put on our mailing list. Our general fund covers southern Africa and one can apply at any time. This fund only accepts projects, including book projects, dealing with contemporary issues that affect Southern Africa. The fund will not award educational scholarships or grants for professional training. Applications can be from individuals, teams of individuals or a publication/broadcaster.

We favour work which:

  • Is in the public interest
  • Aims to reveal information which might otherwise not be known in the public arena
  • Is in-depth and investigative in nature
  • Uses innovative techniques, approaches or technology

We encourage applications from both experienced and new journalists. We offer mentors for the less experienced.

All decisions are made by an independent panel of experienced journalists and are treated confidentially.

This panel will have sole and final discretion on the grants as well as the criteria used and any conditions attached to them. Recipients will be required to sign a grant agreement with the fund which stipulates the work to be done, a time frame and budget.

Recipients will be required to report on the progress, outcome and expenditure of the project, to provide copies of all published material and to document the proper use of funds. Recipients will also be required to do a safety and risk assessment, to inform us of any potential risk arising from the project they are proposing and to take measures in agreement with us to minimise such risk. If deemed necessary, we will sponsor safety training for the applicant.

The fund will accept no responsibility for the work produced or the conduct of the grantee, but will retain the right to use any material published as a result of a grant for publicity and promotional purposes providing due accreditation is given to the individuals and organisations responsible for the work.

The Fund will ask publishers/journalists to give credit to the Fund when material is published as the result of a grant.

From time to time we issue calls for applications on a theme, but applications on any subject may be made at any time.

If you have received a grant, you cannot apply again within three years of the completion of the project.