The following information related specifically to the “Karibu New Realities Grant” (KNRG) – a pilot project that is distinct from Karibu’s regular grantmaking operations with its own routines, decision-making processes, and eligibility requirements.

The deadline for KNRG applications has now passed, and we are no longer accepting KNRG-applications.

All applications (from all regions) should now follow Karibu’s standard grantmaking procedures.

The “Karibu New Realities Grant” (KNRG)” – an African-led and co-designed grantmaking pilot project within the Karibu Foundation – accepted concept notes for ongoing or emerging initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa with start date of 1st January 2024.

The project’s “Core Group” (consisting of African activists and civil society members) is looking to support groups of change-agents in Sub-Saharan Africa who have bold, innovative, forward-thinking, and “constructive troublemaking” ideas that disrupt the status quo of injustices that the continent and our world are currently facing.

We are looking to support groups of change agents (social movements, associations, organizations, cooperatives, collectives, and/or networks) in Sub-Saharan Africa who are undertaking imaginative initiatives that strengthen and add new dimensions to the collective struggle for systemic justice. This is specifically related to the economic, socio-cultural, political, and ecological crises we face.

We anticipate about 10-15 grants total in this cycle.

Application System Open:
20 June, 2023

Application Deadline
16 August, 2023 (Now Closed)


In order to apply for the “Karibu New Realities Grant,” your group (social movements, associations, organizations, cooperatives, collectives, and/or networks) must:

  • Be based in Sub-Saharan Africa and be African-led
  • Have particular focus on the root causes of injustice, and how systems are interconnected (systemic approach)
  • Have a non-violent approach
  • Have a plan and provide a jointly-decided upon concept note (maximum 4 pages) or optional video application (maximum 10 minutes) describing your new initiative
  • Provide a simple budget draft to help us understand how the funds are expected to be used
  • If your group is not registered, this is not a problem. We will just need a registered fiscal sponsor who can potentially receive and financially administer the funds. We are also open to hearing alternative models.

What we are not funding

  • For-profit and/or income-generating efforts
  • Government programs
  • Infrastructure (homes, buildings, etc)
  • Humanitarian aid (food, water and sanitation, school kits, disaster relief, etc.)
  • Capital investments (farm equipment, livestock, computers, etc)
  • Individual scholarships


The deadline for applications for Cycle 2 was August 16th, 2023. We are no longer accepting applications.

How to apply

Link to the application system closed on August 16th, 2023. Please find below important information about this grant.

1. Eligibility, Selection Criteria, and Application Process (Cycle 2)

Download and read carefully the “information packet” for Cycle 2 that describes:

– Eligibility and selection info

– Application guidelines

– Submission instructions

2. Frequently Asked Questions
(Cycle 2)

Read the frequently asked questions about this grant before potentially applying.

3. Application Link

Karibu’s “Grant Management System” is no longer accepting KNRG applications.

Please note that all applications for this grant in particular must be submitted through the “KNRG” button inside the system.


We encourage you to carefully read our “Frequently Asked Questions” and read carefully the “Information Packet” for Cycle 2.

You can view our 30-min Informational Webinar that has been updated for Cycle 2 (2023), where we present the grant program. The video can be found below or here.

For general questions, you can send us an email at

You can also send a short “WhatsApp” message to +47 906 35 204.

Given the large amount of emails and messages that Karibu receives, however, we cannot guarantee that we can respond to all inquires about individual projects.  

Informational Webinar

Watch our 30-minute informational webinar that has been updated for Cycle 2 (2023), where we present the grant program.