Elimu Africa Grants

Elimu Africa Grant Funding Criteria and Application Instructions 

NOTE: Elimu Africa is not currently accepting new grant applications.

Elimu Africa awards grants to Non-Governmental Organization or community-based organizations that support educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. To qualify for a grant, organizations must be located in Northeast Tanzania. (See map below to view our specific area of focus.) We cannot consider applications for organizations outside this region.

Grant amounts will vary each year depending on Elimu Africa’s available resources and the specific needs of the applicant.  Generally, each grant award will range from $500.00 to $5,000.00.

Grant applications will be considered by the Elimu Africa board and an Elimu Africa Representative will visit the organization prior to sending grant funds. If the organization is approved for a grant, a contract will be signed between Elimu Africa and the beneficiary organization outlining the terms and conditions for use, verification and accountability of Elimu Africa grant funds. After grant funds have been utilized by the organization, an Elimu Africa representative will visit the site to verify use of funds and help celebrate the success of the students and programs.


Grants are awarded two times a year. Application deadlines are December 31st and June 30th. 

Elimu Africa selects projects that:  

  • Require less than USD $5000.00.
  • Have a clear outline of the needs for which they are requesting funding.
  • Can provide a detailed budget and timeline and plans for future growth.
  • Serve a larger group of people rather than an individual or family.  Minimum of 20  beneficiaries is required.
  • Are an official Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), community-based organization,  vocational training facility or school.  Official registration certificate must be provided.

Elimu Africa has a preference for projects that:

  • Have an emphasis on the education of girls and boys equally and promote gender equity.
  • Are very creative and careful with their resources.
  • Have a positive learning environment that does not include corporal punishment and  provides encouragement and positive feedback for students.
  • Serve the community.  For example, provide programs to other children and adults that  promote skill development, business skills, gender equity, health issues and protection of the environment.
  • Have a plan for sustainability.   For example, over a specified period of time, the organization  will be able to pay for operational costs and for future growth with little or no outside funding.

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