Donor: Dovetail Impact Foundation
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 06.05.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Social Inclusion
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe


1) Objective

The Dovetail Impact Foundation established the Acceleration Portfolio in 2021 to enhance its impact by supporting smaller African nonprofit organizations with annual budgets under $400,000. The foundation recognized the potential of these organizations to effect meaningful change but acknowledged that they often lack the resources and support to maximize their impact.

Through the Acceleration Portfolio, the foundation provides unrestricted grants and tailored support to help these organizations grow their impact, refine their programs, strengthen their operations, and expand their funding base. By focusing on sectors such as health, livelihoods, justice, and education, the foundation aims to empower local leaders and grassroots organizations to address critical social challenges in their communities.

2) Eligibility 

Prospective partners eligible for the Acceleration Portfolio must be locally-led African nonprofit organizations that have been operational for at least two years and are officially registered in their countries of operation. They should have an annual budget under $400,000 and possess an official Board of Directors or Trustees. Additionally, the leadership or team must be fluent enough in English to participate in capacity-building workshops conducted by the foundation.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Africa.

4) Budget

The foundation focuses on supporting African nonprofit organizations with annual budgets under $400,000, with a preference for those with budgets over $100,000.

5) Application

The application cycle for the 2024 Acceleration Cohort is open from April 5 to May 6. Eligible organizations can apply online via the Airtable platform. The application process involves two rounds, with selected finalists undergoing interviews and submitting a second-round application. Final decisions on acceptance into the Acceleration Portfolio are made after the interview stage, with the program year commencing in September.

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