Call for Proposals: Community Actions that Promote Social Justice and Solidarity

Deadline Date: April 03, 2024

Donor Name: ACT Ubumbano

Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

ACT Ubumbano invites proposals from community and activist organisations, and organisations of faith, for support for social justice action.

These actions may be responses to the impact of environmental, gender and economic injustice on communities, or they may be campaigns to change particular situations that communities are struggling with.

The action must be implemented and completed by 30 November 2024. 

Proposals may be for a maximum of ZAR30,000 (Thirty thousand South African Rands). Amounts allocated are likely to be less than this to reach as many applicants as possible. You are encouraged to complete the online application as early as possible. You can watch a 3-minute video here to guide you with your online submission.

What will be supported?

  • There is a maximum of ZAR700,000 available for this call, so ACT Ubumbano will need to make decisions about where to allocate funding. The following will be considered:
    • The proposed work is led by or directly involves people who are affected by the issue.
    • The proposed work seeks to change the root causes or conditions of injustice.
    • The proposed work has potential to bring new knowledge that can be shared with others.
    • The budget is in proportion to the action that will be undertaken.
    • The organisation has demonstrated capability to undertake the action, or has a plan to work with others who have the capability.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The opportunity is open to any registered non-profit organisation or association that is part of the ACT Ubumbano network, or willing to work with ACT Ubumbano partner organisations in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland (Eswatini), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Any funding is intended to help with taking action for change. It is not intended for general or core support for organisations, although some of the funds may be used for organisational costs.


  • ACT Ubumbano will not support any action that undermines the dignity of people and the earth, or that are:
    • Homophobic or discriminatory against people from the LGBTI+ community,
    • Sexist and undermining of the dignity of women,
    • Xenophobic and discriminatory against foreign nationals,
    • Generally harmful to any vulnerable or marginalised group in society, or
    • Environmentally destructive and working against efforts to fight climate change.

For more information, visit ACT Ubumbano.

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