Cities Alliance – Micro Funds for Community Innovation 2019

The Cities Alliance Innovation Programme has launched a Call for Proposals to award small grants for community organisations working on innovative ways to improve tenure security, property and land rights in African cities.

The Secure Tenure in African Cities initiative

The Secure Tenure in African Cities: Micro Funds for Community Innovation initiative will address the connection between the issue of land tenure, Africa’s growing young population, and its capacity to innovate and deploy modern technologies. It is funded by Cities Alliance member, Omidyar Network.

To address this niche, the Cities Alliance has prepared a special Call for its Innovation Fund.  The aim of this Call is to provide opportunities for innovation and impact in community-level projects by targeting national and local organisations and constituencies typically regarded as high risk and/or hard to reach. Applications are sought from social entrepreneurs, micro enterprises, innovators, community-based organisations, national and local NGOs to stimulate the use of simple, affordable, accessible innovations designed to strengthen land and property rights.


Scope. Proposed projects must meet the objectives of the chosen theme of promoting secure land tenure and property rights in cities.

Target organisations. Organisations working at the city and community level, such as social entrepreneurs, microenterprises, innovators, community-based organisations, national and local NGOs. They do not fund the local offices or affiliates of international organisations.

Fiduciary requirements. Organisations must be legally registered for at six months and must have (or should be able to open) a bank account in the name of the organisation.

Geographic scope. Projects can take place in any African country.

Funding. Funding can be requested for grants between US $10,000 and US $50,000.

Language. Applications can be submitted in English, French or Portuguese.

Applications: Applications must provide all the information and support documentation requested.

Available Funding

Funding is available for projects with a duration of up to 12 months. Available grant sizes per project range from US $10,000 to US $50,000.

How to Apply

To apply for the grant, follow these guidelines:

Deadline. All proposals must be submitted by 14 March 2019, 23:59 Central European Time. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Format. All proposals must be submitted via the online application form.

Language. Applications can be submitted in English, French or Portuguese.

Completeness. Applications must provide all the requested information and support documentation. Applications must be submitted with two attachments: (1) project budget sheet; and (2) legal registration certificate of the organisation applying for the grant.


Please submit your questions/clarifications about this grant opportunity or the application to They will accept question/clarification requests until 27 February 2019.

They will post their answers to your questions/clarifications on their website on 1 March 2019.


Please note, in this call, they prioritise organisations that are rooted in their community and operate with community input, involvement, and investment, embracing the community as an integral part of their success. They also prioritise small organisations that do not have access to large government, corporate or private funding sources, and for whom a small grant from Cities Alliance could make a significant impact.

Source: Cities Alliance

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