Do you have a project that focuses on the advancement of women in Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and are looking for funding?
Then apply for the Institute of International Education’s Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) Seed Fund aimed at supporting such projects.
Three months ago, 17 projects focusing on women and girls in STEM from around Africa were selected as beneficiaries of the WeTech Seed Fund in partnership with Google, and received grants between $2,000 – $20,000.
The first round of Seed Fund Grantees includes:
- Akirachix Association
- Asikana Network Limited
- AZUR Developpement
- Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
- Get Ready
- Global Minimum Inc. (GMin)
- iLab Liberia
- Makerere University
- Mobile Web Ghana
- Nairobi Developers Association
- Nigeria Geek Girls Collaborative Camp
- Sci-Enza, University of Pretoria
- TechWomen Rwanda Alumni
- Women in Engineering (WomEng)
- The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
WeTech’s Seed Fund for Women + Girls in Computer Science in Africa provides small grants to support civil society organizations (non-governmental agencies) and individuals to play a role in increasing the access for women and girls to computer science-related training, jobs and leadership roles.
The Seed Fund is a competitive process; nearly 100 applications were received during the first round application process earlier this year and 17 grants were issued.
Applications for the second batch of beneficiaries are now open to all non-governmental agencies, individuals, social enterprises and academic institutions that support the advancement of women in technology across the continent. You can apply and be in line to receive a grant, participate in, and contribute to, a virtual community of fellow grantees and constant support from WeTech.
Individuals and volunteer-led or smaller organisations are invited to apply for a grant range of $2,000 to $5,000. Organisations with an annual operating budget of at least $25 000 are invited to apply for a grant range of $5,000 to $20,000.
To apply for the WeTech Seed Fund, applicants MUST meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Applicant must be a current resident of an African country (including North and Sub-Saharan Africa)
- Applicant must be an individual working independently (at least 18 years of age), or a representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO), social enterprise or educational institution based in Africa
- Applicant must be able to demonstrate previous experience conducting high-impact activities supporting women and girls in computer science or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields
- Applicant must be committed to developing and contributing to a virtual community for WeTech Seed Fund grantees
- Applicant must be able to demonstrate leadership potential (reference letters will be required)
- Application must be submitted in English (Please note: planned activities may be conducted in ANY language)
Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate:
- A collaborative approach
- Plans for sustained engagement with women and girls involved in initial project activities
- An innovative use of technology
- Realistic plans for expansion and growth
- Volunteer-led organizations are encouraged to apply
You can apply for the WeTech Seed Fund on the WeTech website – applications close on the 10th of September.