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Nigeria, Kenya, others for $1m Africa Online Safety Fund

Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa are the four focused countries that will be accessing grants under the under Impact Amplifier (IA) $1 million Africa Online Safety Fund (AOSF).

Impact Amplifier (IA) has sent out a call for applications for the award of grants, for the project made possible with the support of Google.org.

The Fund will be awarding grants to organisations in Africa, but will be focused on four primary countries – Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa – that address one or more of the safety issues the internet facilitates.

In a statement, the company said there are three categories of funding Transformative, Maturing and Catalytic.

“The Transformative projects are intended to be larger in scale, reach multiple geographies and/or potentially large numbers of beneficiaries, and be scalable as a solution. The Maturing projects are intended to test ideas at a larger scale, try new ideas within existing projects, and reach new audiences.

“The Catalytic projects are intended to be smaller, targeted, and potentially only locally or culturally specific,” it said.

Transformative projects will attract a maximum grant of $50,000, Maturing projects up to $25,000, and Catalytic projects $10,000.

The shortlisted applicants will be announced by May 31 and taken through the second stage of the application process. The finalists will be known by July 15.

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