Grants - Frequently Asked Questions

Who does Africa No Filter fund?

We support individual storytellers as well as arts, culture and media organisations who are presenting contemporary, nuanced and empowering narratives about Africa. For a greater understanding of what we mean by harmful and stereotypical narratives of Africa, read our Home page.

What’s Africa No Filter’s funding criteria?

We don’t award grants to projects just because they are good, popular or creative. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate how their work potentially shifts perceptions of Africa, or a country on the continent.

How do I know if my work shifts narratives?

We have partnered with leading institution and experts to research the African narrative, its impact on perceptions about Africa and Africans. These include the How African Media Covers Africa and Africa in the Media reports, and period literature reviews on topics like African youth and academic writing on African narratives. Read our reports for a deep dive on narrative. We also unpack research findings in our monthly webinars. Even if you are not applying for a grant now, we recommend that you join our webinars - they will help you understand how we articulate narrative. Experts also offer solutions on how arts, culture, research and storytelling can be used to challenge and shift stereotypes.

How do I submit an application to Africa No Filter?

Visit out ‘Grants’ page and click on the ‘Apply Now’ link for the grant you are interested in applying for. Due to the volume of applications, we will only consider submissions that have gone through the online application process. If you are having trouble submitting your application, please email for assistance.

I’m an emerging artist aged over 35, so I can’t apply for a Kekere Grant but I don’t have a body of work that qualifies for other ANF grants. Does this mean I’ll never get any support from Africa No Filter?

We are committed to supporting emerging, on-the-ground artists. We understand that this means you may not have a massive body of work. But we would still like to hear about you, your organisation or your projects. So take the leap and apply.

How much can I apply for?

Our grants have been designed to support individuals and organisations at various stages. This means we have different amounts available for each grant we offer.

Please visit our grants page for more information about the individual amounts available for each category.

How do I know if I’m eligible for a grant?

The eligibility criteria for each grant is listed above the application form.

Do I have to be in Africa to receive a grant?

We support narrative changemakers in and around the continent. Interested persons from the diaspora are welcome to apply for our grants if they can demonstrate their work is Africa-focused and includes the collaboration or involvement of storytellers living on the continent.

Can my project be delivered in any African country?

We welcome applications from all over Africa and are particularly interested in pan-African organisations or projects that are delivered across more than one country on the continent.

If I’m an organisation, do I need to be a registered company to receive a grant?

All organisations are taken through a due diligence process which requires providing documentation to verify your organisation and organisational activities. Successful candidates will be provided with a due diligence checklist prior to receiving their grant.

When can I apply for an ANF Grant?

We have various funding seasons throughout the year. Follow us on social media @africanofilter to stay up to date and sign-up to our community newsletter.

How long does it take to know if I’ve been successful for a grant?

Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to get back to shortlisted applications. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted within six weeks from the application closing date.

What happens after I submit my application?

Your application is reviewed by the Africa No Filter team and scored against a criteria. Shortlisted candidates are then invited for an interview where we get to know more about you, your organisation/project and your application.

Do you provide feedback for unsuccessful applicants?

We don’t typically provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. You can request feedback via email however, we cannot guarantee all requests will be honoured due to the volume of applications we received.

Can I apply for more than one grant?


If my first application is not successful, can I apply again in the future?


Do you offer COVID relief grants?

We do not offer COVID relief grants.

To learn more about our funders and partners, read "Who We Are".