Call for Proposals for Solidarity Action

An invitation for proposals for community actions that promote social justice and solidarity

ACT Ubumbano invites proposals from community and activist organisations, churches and organisations of faith for support for action that targets injustices faced by their communities.  These actions may be responses to the impact of climate change, or 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 2023.

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.

Proposals must be completed and submitted online at

The deadline for submission is 14h00 (SAST) on 3 April 2023. 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. ACT Ubumbano will consider the following in making these decisions:

  1. The proposed work is led by or directly involves people who are affected by the issue.
  2. The proposed work seeks to change the root causes or conditions of injustice.
  3. The proposed work has potential to bring new knowledge that can be shared with others.
  4. The budget is in proportion to the action that will be undertaken.
  5. The organisation has demonstrated capability to undertake the action, or has a plan to work with others who have the capability.

Who can apply?

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 Eswatini (Swaziland), Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Organisations in Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia are welcome to make contact with ACT Ubumbano about possible participation.

Any funding is intended to help with taking action for change or in solidarity with those who are under stress. It is not intended for general or core support for organisations, although some of the funds may  be used for organisational costs.

What will NOT be supported!

ACT Ubumbano will NOT support any action that undermines the dignity of people and the earth. Actions will not be supported 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.

Who is ACT Ubumbano?

ACT Ubumbano is a resource to organisations working for social justice in different fields. We believe that there is strength in collaboration, and by sharing knowledge and experience – as well as by linking up for joint action where possible – communities can more effectively defend their dignity and bring change.

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