Scholarship, Grants and Funding Opportunities For Africans

Internet Society $150,000 SCILLS Grant Programme 2020

The Internet Society Foundation has launched a new grant programme that aims to expand economic growth, improve health outcomes, and increase educational opportunities by supporting individuals and communities to more knowledgeably and skillfully use the Internet.

The Internet Society Foundation’s Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) programme is open to eligible organizations in Bangladesh, Colombia, and Senegal; with expansion to additional countries planned in coming years. Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to organizations for projects lasting up to 24 months.

Focus Areas

The Foundation is committed to working with organizations that focus in one (or all) of the following three areas:  Economic Growth, Health and Education.

Economic Growth

The Foundation is seeking projects that help communities leverage Internet access to build financial opportunities, increase economic independence, and create sustainable income sources. Such projects could include:


The Foundation is seeking projects that support communities to leverage Internet access to improve health outcomes, facilitate patient care and upskill local healthcare providers. Such projects could include:


The Foundation is seeking projects that support communities to leverage Internet access to increase entry to basic education, improve learning outcomes and increase teaching skills. Such projects could include:

Aligned with the above focus areas, the Foundation will be seeking projects that address the following cross-cutting issues:

These are not to be considered as stand-alone goals of a project, but rather a means by which proposed programmes may expand economic growth, improve health outcomes and increase educational opportunities.

Given the exceptional situation created by the spread of COVID-19, the Foundation will also accept applications that leverage the Internet to address the impact of this pandemic on the above three focus areas.

Eligible Countries

In Year One, the Foundation will target its efforts in one country in each of three distinct regions: Asia Pacific, LAC and Africa. The target countries for our first launch for applications are Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal.


The basic eligibility requirements for all Foundation grants are outlined here. All applicants must ensure that they meet these basic requirements.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria against which the Independent Review Panel (IRP) will review eligible applications is:


Grants of up to $150,000 USD will be awarded for projects lasting up to 24 months.


The 2020 SCILLS cycle will take place as follows:

Deadline:  3 July 2020

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