earmarks $1 million to fund online safety projects in Africa

Impact Amplifier, a South Africa-based social enterprise accelerator and advisory firm, has  announced that the deadline for funding applications to support innovative existing and new solutions to combat cyber security and safety threats is August 21, 2020.

Tanner Methvin, Impact Amplifier’s Director urges organisations and initiatives to submit their entries within the next two weeks. “The Africa Online Safety Fund, supported by is making a $1 million commitment to address online safety challenges. There are two funding categories: Transformative, which provides grants of a maximum $100,000, is aimed at projects that provide larger and scalable solutions across multiple geographies and/or potentially large numbers of beneficiaries. The Catalytic category targets smaller, potentially local or culturally specific projects, with grants of a maximum $10,000,” he explains.

The call for entries is open to social enterprises, public sector or public benefit organisations (not individuals) throughout Africa, but will be prioritising South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia, and the Côte d’Ivoire.

Impact Amplifier accelerates the growth and capital provision of high impact, innovative social enterprises in Africa. With over 40 years of collective experience in developing social and environmental innovations, Impact Amplifier has designed its business to build the solutions and ecosystems required to enable the community to thrive and create a world where access to food, energy, education, health care, housing, economic opportunities and a clean environment are equally available to everyone independent of their country of birth, gender, race, age, or resources.

Impact Amplifier has supported other Google interventions between 2018 and 2020, which include the implementation of the Google Impact Challenge – South Africa.  As a local country partner, Impact Amplifier was tasked to source, select and accelerate 12 social enterprises in South Africa that provide technology solutions for economic inclusion in South Africa. A new initiative that launched recently is GetSet-4IR, which aims to work with employers and ecosystem funders to put in place a number of interventions that will result in fixing the digital skills ecosystem by better matching candidates with the right level of digital skills to the requirements in the workplace., Google’s philanthropic arm, supports non-profits that address humanitarian issues and apply scalable, data-driven innovation to solving the world’s biggest challenges. The organisation accelerates their progress by connecting them with a blend of support that includes funding, products, and technical expertise from Google volunteers.


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