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What is a grant ?

One way that non-profit charitable organizations can gain additional funding that does not need repaid is by submitting applications for grants.
a grant is an amount of money that is dedicated to project owners, non profit organizations or people who  need money to achieve a certain result in general.

In this lesson, we are going to tackle applications for grants with a real life example.

At the moment I’m writing this article, I’m going to fetch for grants in google, let’s say I’m going to type in the search bar the following text ” grant for education in Africa”. Let’s combine the pleasant to the useful then 😉

After I queried for this keyword, I stumbled upon this website

Once there, we can find the following text :

The FIRE Africa Grants will provide two Grants of of $10,000 Google grant and $12,500 grant each for two existing successful projects to scale up activities and move to the next level of their cycle. This Grant is for scale up projects that will be implemented within the next 12 months.

Projects that have benefited from previous FIRE Grants or Awards are encouraged to apply. Selected projects will benefit from a series of institutional strengthening and capacity building activities aimed at providing the knowledge, tools and contacts needed to further advance successful initiatives.

Afterwards , the website specifies which categories belong to the scope of the grant :

  • Technical innovation
  • Community development
  • Governance Enhancement
  • Education

In the end of the webpage, we can notice the requirements that applicants need to meet :

There is a strong emphasis on the documentation of impact and knowledge sharing through papers, videos, and other communication materials. Successful applicants must include realistic project time frames, a detailed budget and a clear communication strategy that details plans for dissemination of project outcomes.

Now, let’s practice !

Imagine that you’re the head of a NGO, or the CEO of a young startup that aims to improve one of the above mentioned fields in Africa ( Technical innovation for example or let’s say Education which is the case of Kezakoo itself 😉 ).

Now, You’re young and ambitious, but above all, you think that your project will do wonders in Africa, will save lives, or even create jobs and fight illiteracy. However, you’re lacking funds and you had the opportunity of finding this grant program.

Take 30 minutes, and do the pitch of your life, explain  the following :

  • The reason why you need this grant
  • The scope of your project
  • The way it will impact lives in your home country  or in Africa
  • The main activities of your organization
  • The exact amount of money you need
  • The composition of your team

I’ll be glad to receive your essays as a FB comment of this article ( you can find it below), meanwhile, you can find hereby what I would have written if I were in your shoes ( as the founder and CEO of Kezakoo 😉 ) :

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       Status of the recipient of the letter ( For example : Miss Monroe )    

     Dear Miss Monroe,

     In reply to the grants opportunity offered by organization, we would like to apply for the 2017 grants program

     Our project works on Education field in Morocco, and it aims at helping as many students as possible during their high school.

     Our main activities would be creating online content

…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

     To implement this project, we would need ………………………………………………….

…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

     The project also needs a budget that can be estimated at ……………………………………

     For more details, we are enclosing a technical card of our project.

                                                                                                                Yours Sincerely,

                                                                                                                 ………………..

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