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Now Accepting Applications for the WeTech Seed Fund for Women & Girls in Computer Science in Africa

Application Deadline: September 10, 2014

Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) announces the opening of the application process for the second round of funding.

WeTech’s Seed Fund for Women + Girls in Computer Science in Africa provides small grants to support civil society organizations and individuals working to increase the participation of women and girls in computer science-related education and careers. Read about the first 17 grantees here:

We use a tiered approach to the Seed Fund grants. Grants will be issued in line with the financial experience and capacity of the organization or individual. Individuals, volunteer-led and smaller organizations are invited to apply for a grant between $2,000 to $5,000. Organizations with an annual operating budget of at least $25,000, or experience managing large grants, are invited to apply for funding between $5,000 to $20,000.

Grant applications will be reviewed and recommended by an independent panel of experts knowledgeable in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) content areas and/or applicant’s countries. Based on selection panel review, the WeTech team may propose modifications to the budget, requested amount and/or scope of the project. Winners of the WeTech Seed Fund grants are required to report quarterly on their progress, and actively participate in a virtual community comprised of fellow grantees.

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.

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 supporting women and girls in computer science or 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 letter will be required)
  • Application must be submitted in English (Please note: planned activities may be conducted in ANY language)

Evaluation Criteria

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


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