Donor: Southern Africa Trust
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: South Africa
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: 2.000.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Covid-19
  • Economic Development
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Social Inclusion
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


1) Objective

The aim of the Southern Africa Trust is to support processes to deepen and widen engagement in policy dialogue with a regional impact, so that the poor have an effective voice in shaping policies that overcome poverty. It was established in 2005 to support civil society organisations in Southern Africa to participate effectively and with credibility in policy dialogue so that the voices of the poor can have a better impact in the development of public policies. The Trust supports processes that deepen and widen participation in policy dialogues with a regional impact on poverty.

The Trust has four programme areas:

  • Climate Justice & Natural Resource Management: The work on the Trust responds to challenges emerging from the climate crisis and weak natural resource governance in Southern Africa.
  • Economic Recovery & Social Protection: This programme supports civil society organisations and community foundations impacted by the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Gender Justice: In this programme, they undertake activities that establish and strengthen civil society alliances and groups for gender justice at regional and national levels.
  • Youth Empowerment: They advocate for youth’s participation and empowerment in the development agenda for southern Africa.

2) Eligibility

Most grantees are national network associations that implement projects with a regional footprint. We also give grants to regional networks, regional apex organisations, social movements, civil society organisations, and media houses.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Southern Africa.

4) Budget

The average grant size is around $60,000 and the annual grant budget around $2,000,000.

5) Application

Submissions need to be done online via their grants portal. This can be done all year round.

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