Ukusekela funding components and requirements

The Ukusekela programme provides funding under the following:

Component — 1

The Small Project and Support Fund (Ukusekela) aims to empower communities to act and participate in their own development through actions that are designed, implemented and owned by the communities themselves.

A maximum of 15 small projects in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and Eastern Cape will be supported with a maximum grant amount of R150.000 with a focus on specific thematic areas that centered on women empowerment. Applications close: on 8th May 2022 at 15h00 and must be hand delivered.

The call for this component is officially open

Application process

  1. Call for proposals is put out annually usually in December in local newspapers of the 3 target provices ( KZN, EC & MPL), NGO pulse, AFSA website and other various stakeholder networks outlining Terms of Reference and application documents to be completed. These are hand delivered at our Musgrave Office in Durban
  2. Internal screening of the applications takes place according to the set criteria and exclusion list then these are reviewed by the Approvals Committee and set according to the 3 provinces
  3. The short listed organisations are then visited by the Ukusekela team to conduct due diligence and situational analysis
  4. Organisations that pass this process are then supported in the programme design phase which thereafter leads to the granting process

Component — 2

Once off ad-hoc that is themed on the protection of Human Rights in South Africa. There are no geographic locations. This once off funding that is provided as and when required. Maximum value funding is R75K. AFSA guides the applicants through programme design. The implementation of these projects usually take a maximum period of 1 month as this is re-active funding to whatever human right violations that are taking place. 5 organisations are funded per financial year.

Please note the call for this component is closed

Application process

  1. Call for applications is put up on AFSA website on a quarterly basis where applications are received on live application process; these are then screened by the AFSA team then submitted to the Approvals Committee for their review
  2.  The successful organisations are engaged on programme design phase and compliance matters according to AFSA standards then funds are dispersed accordingly. This process takes a period of 1 month- implementation of the projects takes a maximum period of 1 month
  3. Thereafter the grantee is required to provide narrative and financial reports to AFSA and project is closed off

During the applications process, applicants must note the TOR and exclusion list as that is what is used as a fundamental screening tool and submitting the required supporting documentations places the applicant at an advantage for both components.

The following support is offered throughout the funding cycle

Programme Design

Capacity Building


Lobbying & Advocacy

Increased Footprint

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