Donor: Sankofa Initiative for West Africa (ISDAO)
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: Senegal
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 31.10.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 5.000$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 20.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Human Rights
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo


1) Objective

ISDAO is a West African activist-led Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights by adopting a flexible approach to grant-making, and ultimately developing a culture of philanthropy that is committed to equality and social justice.

ISDAO provides flexible funding to support the overall coordination, operations, and strengthening of a group, organization, or network, and its members. Funding can be used to cover expenses such as registration fees, advocacy, capacity building (by peers), membership meetings, networking events, emergency funds, programs, and projects. Organizations can apply for core support funding, project funding or a combination of both. Organizations can determine the duration of the grant, from 6 months (minimum) to 12 months (maximum).

The grant can be used to support initiatives such as organization development (registration fees, drafting of standard and strategic documents, staff recruitment, etc.), advocacy, capacity building, membership meetings, networking events, participation in strategic conferences, programs, projects and any other areas of interest contributing to a West Africa free of violence, stigma and discrimination towards LGBTQI communities.

2) Eligibility

ISDAO grants are currently awarded to organizations, networks, and groups that: (1) are led by lesbians, gays, bisexual, queer, intersex and trans* (LGBTQI) people . ISDAO considers a group to be “led by LGBTQI people” when LGBTQI people are in decision-making roles, including defining the organization’s strategic and financial priorities, and represent at least 75% of the staff, spokespersons, and members of the board or other decision-making bodies; (2) are based in at least one of ISDAO’s current focal countries, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal or Togo.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal or Togo.

4) Budget

ISDAO’s grants range from USD 5,000 to USD 20,000 for a period of one year; depending on the organization’s needs, grant experience, and available funds. Our call for proposal is informed by our earlier community consultations, which mapped the varied capacities and needs of organizations in West Africa.

5) Application

All applications must be submitted on or before 31 October 2023. 

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