The following information relates specifically to the “Karibu New Realities Grant” (KNRG) – a pilot project that is distinct from Karibu’s regular grantmaking operations.

This grant program is African-led and co-designed, and only organizations/formations/networks that are based in Sub-Saharan Africa can apply.

This grant has different eligibility and selection requirements than Karibu’s regular grants. For more information about our regular grantmaking, visit Karibu’s homepage.

The “Karibu New Realities Grant” (KNRG)” – an African-led and co-designed grantmaking pilot project within the Karibu Foundation – is pleased to accept concept notes for ongoing or emerging projects in Sub-Saharan Africa with start date of 1st January 2023.

The project’s “Core Group” (made up of primarily African activists and civil society members) is looking to support grassroots networks, formations and/or organizations 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 are aiming 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.


In order to apply for the “Karibu New Realities Grant,” your network, formation and/or organization must:

  • Be based in Sub-Saharan Africa and be African-led
  • Have a systemic analysis (a focus on the root causes of injustice, and how systems are interconnected)
  • Have a non-violent approach
  • Have a plan and provide a jointly-decided upon concept note (maximum 4 pages) describing your initiative. Optional video applications may also be accepted as an alternative.
  • Provide a simple budget draft to help us understand how the funds are planned to be used.
  • If your network, formation and/or organization is not registered, this is not a problem. We will just need a registered fiscal sponsor who can potentially receive the funds.

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 1 is August 15th, 2022.

How to apply

Link to the application will be released June 20th. Please find below important information about this grant and how to apply.

1. Eligibility, Selection Criteria, and Application Process

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

– Eligibility and selection info

– Application guidelines

– Submission instructions

2. Frequently Asked Questions

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

3. Application Link

Once you have carefully read the “Information Packet” and “Frequently Asked Questions,” you can login to Karibu’s “Grant Management System” to apply.

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

Informational Webinar

Join our informational webinar on Thursday, July 28th from 12:00-13:30 Central African Time (UTC+2), where we will present the grant program and respond to general questions.

The webinar will be held in English, with simultaneous French and Portuguese translation.


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

You can attend our Informational Webinar on Thursday, July 28th from 12:00-13:30 Central African Time (UTC+2), where we will respond to general questions. Register 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.