Calling All African Entrepreneurs: FIRE Africa Grants and Awards 2017 Now Open


AFRINC has launched the 2017 round for FIRE Africa Grants and Awards. Find out more about the programme and how you can apply for funding.

Are you using the Internet to empower people and solve issues in your local community? Perhaps you’re building a community network to provide affordable and reliable access for you and your neighbours. 


Maybe you’re building a mobile app that can help healthcare practitioners in rural areas access information about treatments for their patients. Or are you part of a team that trains high school girls to code and coaches them to pursue STEM courses at university?


Whatever part of the community your project empowers, the FIRE Africa Grants and Awards Programme 2017 could give your project the boost it needs to take it to the next level. With over US$ 35,000 in funding available this year, five initiatives using innovative ICT solutions to impact Africa’s social and economic development will be selected to receive two Grants and three Awards.  

You’ll need to act soon to be in with a chance as the deadline for applications is fast approaching: Applications must be received by 1 August 2017. 

FIRE Africa Grants 

If your project is well-established and already has a proven record of success, you should apply for one of the two FIRE Africa Grants on offer. 


FIRE Africa Grantees will receive between US$10,000 -12,500 to help scale up your activities and move your project to the next level of its cycle. Applications for the FIRE Africa Grants can be submitted in one or more of the following categories:


Previous Winner?

Projects that have received funding from FIRE Africa in the past are encouraged to apply, as are initiatives from Francophone and Lusophone countries and women-led projects.


Spreading IPv6 Knowledge?

FIRE Africa is also keen to fund a project that is working to solve the continent’s IPv6 challenges. If you’re leading the way in your country’s IPv6 deployment initiatives, please apply. 

Apply for a Grant Now!

Find out more about the projects that won grants in 2016. 

FIRE Africa Awards

Three FIRE Africa Awards of up to US$3,000 each will be given to initiatives that are using innovative technology-based solutions to solve developmental issues in the following three categories:


In addition to the cash prize, Award winners will also receive a travel grant to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017. Winners will attend the Awards Ceremony, showcase their project on a global stage and meet with other Award winners from FIRE Africa’s sister programmes FRIDA (run by LACNIC) and ISIF Asia (run by APNIC).


IPv6 Pioneer?

This year FIRE Africa is keen to fund a successful IPv6 deployment case study. If your deployment plans could use a boost to help expansion, please apply.

Apply for an Award Now!

Find out more about the Awards that won in 2016.

More Information

About FIRE Africa


FIRE Africa provides funds for projects, initiatives, tools and platforms that harness the power of the Internet to empower the local and regional community to solve the region’s unique online communications problems. Since 2012, FIRE Africa has supported 43 projects from 18 economies throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean region, allocating over USD 1 Million in funding.