Fully Funded FIRE Africa Grants for Innovative African Entrepreneurs 2017


Entries are now accepted for The FIRE Africa Grants worth US$3,000 each for projects aligned with one of the following categories below. This Grant is for projects that will be implemented within a 12-16 month period.All entries are to b submitted before the deadline.


About the Award: The Fund for Internet Research and Development – FIRE Africa – is one of Africa’s leading Grants and Awards programmes designed to encourage, support and develop innovative online solutions to Africa’s education, information, infrastructure and communication needs.

FIRE Africa actively encourages Francophone, Lusophone, female-led projects, projects originating in post-conflict countries, and projects that support isolated communities. We also encourage projects that use technology to address the specific challenges faced by women and girls, disabled people or marginalised groups.

An Award is a prize for a job well done. The FIRE Africa Awards seek to acknowledge innovative initiatives in Africa that have made concrete contributions through the use of information and communications technologies and have had a proven impact on the region’s social and economic development.

Application Deadline: 1st August 2017

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Organizations based in the Africa or Indian Ocean region

To be taken at (country): Countries in Africa or Indian Ocean region

Eligible Funding Categories: Three main categories are available, and several subcategories for applicants’ applications.

  • Internet development.
  • Internet for social inclusion.
  • ICT for Development.


Offered Since: 2013

Type: Entrepreneurship/Grants

EligibilityCriteria: The FIRE Africa Awards will be presented to ongoing initiatives or completed projects that submit concrete evidence of their impact. Projects pending execution or which are about to begin will not be accepted.

Winning initiatives must meet three main requirements.

  1. All project proposals must have a technological component through which they seek to solve development issues.
  2. Proposed solutions must be innovative, i.e., they must present new strategies, notions, ideas, methods and processes that respond to social needs and can broaden and strengthen communities.
  3. Finally, successful initiatives must have a proven impact, i.e., they must submit indicators and evidence that support the creation of value for the target communities.

Number of Awards: 3

Value of Award: The FIRE Award consists of a USD 3,000 cash prize plus full travel and accommodation for one representative of each project to attend the awards ceremony, and participate in sessions which will be held in Switzerland during the 2017 Internet Governance Forum.

Duration of Program:

  • Selection process: 1 August – 30 August 2017
  • Announcement of successful projects: 1 September 2017

How to Apply: APPLY NOW

Visit Program Webpage for details

Grant Provider: The Fund for Internet Research and Development – FIRE Africa



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