Ukusekela funding components and requirements

The Ukusekela programme provides funding under the following:

Component — 1

Is implemented in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape & Mpumalanga provinces with no thematic focus area through initiatives likes Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and smaller Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) . Maximum funding period is 1 year to the value of R150K. This is kick start funding where the grass root initiatives are supported throughout the funding cycle through programme conceptualisation and design phase, implementation phase, monthly reporting and various capacity building interventions to ensure the organisations are self-sustaining or eligible for future at the end of the SPSF whilst bringing about change in their communities.

Please note this call is now closed

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.

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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