Request For Application

Grant Applications

October 29, 2019


October 2019

Please note: The application form is below.


The SMALL PROJECT AND SUPPORT FUND (SPSF) aims to empower communities to act and participate in their own development through actions that are designed, implemented and owned by the communities themselves. This is a call for applications for funding for activities that provide an immediate response to Human Rights violations (Component 2) through, for example, legal support and/or mobilisation. The activities will have the overall aim of empowering the vulnerable communities through the process and will be focused on one or more of the following:

  1. Environmental rights;
  2. Gender-Based Violence;
  3. Land redistribution and
  4. Xenophobia and Violence against immigrants and people on the move.

The maximum number of organisations that can be supported annually through this component of the SPSF is 5 and the maximum grant amount is R75000 ZAR. There are no geographical focus areas for this component.


It is intended that the grant will enable support to be provided in emergency situations to the vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities affected by the violation of human rights.

This response to emergency situations will be made through direct financial support, which may then cover, among others, the expense of logistics, food, legal advice/services and strengthening safety networks.

Applications may be submitted by individuals, non-governmental organisations, faith based organisations, groups/collectives working with the following aspects of human rights:

1. Violation of environmental rights and negative footprint on the environment

Everyone has a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being and that is protected for the benefit of present and future generations through reasonable legislative and other measures which promote conservation. This is enshrined in Section 24 of the South African Constitution. Some of the violations may relate, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Mining;
  • Ground, Water and/or Air pollution;
  • Ecological degradation and climate change;
  • Water; and
  • Wildlife Conservation.

2. Gender Based Violence

Gender-Based Violence (“GBV”) is violence that is directed against a person on the basis of gender. It constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life; liberty; security; dignity and equality among women and men, non-discrimination and physical and mental integrity. GBV reflects and reinforces inequalities between men, women and non-binary people; common forms of GBV include but are not limited to:

  • Sexual harassment, rape, sexual violence during conflict and harmful customary or traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation, forced marriages and honour crimes;
  • Trafficking in women, forced sex work and violations of human rights in armed conflict (in particular murder, systematic rape, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy);
  • Forced sterilisation, forced abortion, coercive use of contraceptives, female infanticide and pre-natal sex selection; and
  • Intimate partner violence, violence against children, LGBTQ+ people and other vulnerable groups.

3. Land redistribution

The redistribution of land is a key priority in contemporary South Africa; activities under this theme will include the offering of support, lobbying and advocacy to disposed collectives, community groups and movements that are committed to improving living conditions of the marginalised groups in any of the following:

  • Secure land tenure;
  • Restitution and
  • Redistribution post settlement support (where required).

4. Xenophobia and Violence against immigrants and people on the move

Immigrants and people on the move who are from beyond the borders of South Africa face discrimination and sometimes violence, although the South African constitution provides that all people have inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected. There are some who view immigrants and people on the move as a burden on society by taking jobs and social benefits and are often portrayed as the reason for crime. Xenophobia, simply put is the fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers; it is embodied in discriminatory attitudes and behavior, and often culminates in violence, abuses of all types, and exhibitions of hatred (Mogekwu 2005). In order to ensure that all human beings are afforded dignity, their full human rights and a sense of worth, activities under this theme will be those that:

  • Advocate for non-discriminatory behavior and
  • Protect immigrants and people on the move from torture, violence and other forms of aggression due to nationality.


Any organisations that:

  • Are currently being supported and funded by AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) will not be eligible to apply for funds from the SPSF.
  • Are already being funded by Bread for the World (BfdW) cannot be supported through the SPSF.
  • Are part of government structures or are in any way linked to government cannot be funded.
  • Have an annual budget of more than R1.5m will not be eligible to apply.
  • Any project that requires a ‘top up’ to an existing project will not be eligible for funding.
  • The grant cannot be used to support any HIV/AIDS related work.


  • The activities for which SPSF support is required fit within one or more of the above categories.
  • All sections of the application form provided in the link have been completed in full.
  • All required supporting documentation is submitted with the application form.


As this grant component is intended to enable an urgent response to human rights violations, applications will be acknowledged within 48 hours of application being received with the fully completed application form and supporting documentation being provided.


Please use the online application form below:

SPSF Component 2: Protecting Human Rights

  • Section 1: Applicant Details

  • 1.2.1 NPO Number (allocated by the Non-Profit Directorate of the DSD1.2.2 PBO Reference Number (issued by SARS)1.2.3 Income Tax Reference Number (issued by SARS)
  • 1.3.1 Name
  • Section 2: Name, objective and brief description of the programme for which funds are required

  • Section 3: Full details of groups/communities of people at risk and their circumstances

  • Section 4: Funding Needs

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  • Section 5: Interventions

    Provide full contact details of up to 3 people who represent the groups/communities at risk
  • Section 6: Declarations

    8. Submit a letter of declaration that is sworn in front of, and signed by, a commissioner of oaths confirming that the organisation/entity for which funding is being applied: 8.1. is not funded by BfdW; 8.2. will not use these funds as “top up’ funding for existing projects; 8.3. does not have an annual budget of more than R1.5M; 8.4. will not use any funds provided by Ukusekela to support HIV/AIDS work and 8.5. The individual (activist) has no relations with either BfdW or AFSA which may in way cause conflict of interest in this initiative.
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  • Section 7: Attachments

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    Eg: Letter of support, registration documents, NPO certificate, registration documents, etc