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Thank you for your interest in Firelight

Firelight supports community-based organizations and community action for children, youth, and families in southern and eastern Africa. We raise funds and re-grant funds from a range of foundations and philanthropists to supports the capacity of catalytic community-based organizations that are working with their communities to realize smart, sustainable, and scalable solutions to the challenges faced by children and youth in southern and eastern Africa.

If you are a foundation, a philanthropist, or a donor and would like to give to Firelight or consider re-granting through Firelight, please reach out directly to our Executive Director Nina Blackwell nina@firelightfoundation.org

If you are a community-based organization in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia or Kenya please know that we would love to hear from you but because Firelight raises all of its capital from major foundations, family foundations, and individual philanthropists, we do not always have the ability to accept new grantees or to award grants to every organization that applies.

That said, please consider registering with us through this page to be notified of future funding opportunities. Click on the orange "Register Here" button on the left below the Login button. In order to register, you will first need to complete an eligibility survey to determine if your organization meets the qualifications for Firelight funding. At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter your organization's information into our database and to sign up for email updates from Firelight. You will not be able to login again to edit/update your information after the first time, so if you have any issues please contact grantsadmin@firelightfoundation.org

As you complete the eligibility quiz, please note that Firelight only supports organizations that are born and raised in African communities and – as such – does not support individuals, expat-founded organizations, or international NGOs. We specialize in supporting organizations that work with or around children, youth, and families, so we unfortunately cannot fund other kinds of organizations. Please also note that Firelight does not fund organizations that evangelize to beneficiaries of their programs. Firelight also does not support orphanages because we believe that children grow best in families.

Thank you again for your interest in Firelight.

Sincerely, The Firelight Team

PS – if you are an organization that does not meet Firelight's criteria for funding eligibility, please consider applying to these other organizations:

- Fund for Global Human Rights (human rights)

- Global Fund for Community Foundations (community philanthropy)

- Global Fund for Women (women and girls)

- Thousand Currents (food sovereignty, alternative economies and climate justice)

- African Women’s Development Fund (African women’s rights)

- Urgent Action Fund (supports feminist activists to seize unanticipated opportunities to make change and to protect themselves when in immediate danger)

- Frida the Young Feminist Fund (young women and girls)