Are you a content creator, wordsmith, performance artist, visual artist, or journalist whose work tells African stories beyond stereotypes of poverty, conflict, disease, poor leadership, and corruption? Africa No Filter Kekere Storytellers Fund is inviting you to write and share captivating and distinctive stories about Africa to win a grant of up to $2000.
About Africa No Filter Kekere Storytellers Fund
The Kekere Storytellers Fund is a special program by Africa No Filter. It gives small grants to young storytellers who are already creating interesting and unique content about Africa. The fund wants to show Africa in a different way, focusing on its innovation, growth, and creativity, rather than just the usual problems people hear about.
Africa No Filter established this fund to address the limited access that emerging artists, journalists, and content creators have to fund opportunities. The organization wants to ensure that those who are passionate about telling more positive and accurate stories about Africa, as well as improving the quality of storytelling about the continent, receive the necessary financial support. By doing so, Africa No Filter hopes to encourage the production of diverse narratives that challenge existing stereotypes and offer new perspectives on Africa.
To be eligible for the Kekere Storytellers Fund, you need to meet the following criteria:
- You should be from Africa or part of the African Diaspora.
- You must be under 35 years old.
- You should be able to communicate effectively in English or French.
- Impactful Work: You should have a track record of creating groundbreaking content that challenges stereotypes about your community, country, or Africa as a whole.
- You should have at least two years of relevant work experience.
- You should have a minimum of 5000 followers combined across popular social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.
- You should fall into one of the following categories:
- Media/Content Creator: Journalist, Blogger, Vlogger, Podcaster, Fiction & Non-Fiction Writer, Photographer.
- Artist: Poet, Musician, Spoken Word Poet, Dancer, Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator, Animator.
- If you are applying as a collective or media organization, only one person can submit the application on behalf of the team. This person will be responsible for the success and completion of the project.
The Kekere Storytellers Fund has certain ineligibility criteria. They are as follows:
- Filmmakers are not eligible to apply for the fund.
- Storytellers who do not have evidence of creating work that challenges stereotypes about Africa will not be considered.
- The fund does not provide funding for the purchase of equipment such as cameras or laptops.
- The fund does not cover expenses related to hosting or attending events like workshops, festivals, conferences, and similar activities.
The fund typically provides financial support ranging from $500 to $2000.
- The application deadline for the Africa No Filter Kekere Storytellers Fund is until the end of the year or until they have chosen 20 storytellers for the fund.
- When submitting your project for the Africa No Filter Kekere Storytellers Fund, it should be a short-term project that can be completed within three to six months from the date of receiving the funding.
Type of content required
- The Africa No Filter Kekere Storytellers Fund is particularly interested in supporting storytellers who can share captivating and distinctive stories about Africa.
- They encourage narratives that give a voice to those often unheard, challenge common global perceptions, and present contemporary perspectives.
- The fund values creativity and innovation, so it’s essential to consider the impact you want your work to have on the reader or viewer.
- Think about the message you want to convey and the kind of impact you aim to make, both locally and globally.
How to Apply
- To apply for the Africa No Filter kekere Storytellers Fund click on the application form and fill appropriately
- If you are a writer who has never applied for a grant before, you can watch this video [https://youtu.be/NYXr54e3bxU].
- This video shares valuable insights from grantmakers who participated in the Africa No Filter Masterclass: Grant Writing for Creatives. The masterclass was facilitated by
- Paul Nwulu is a strategic communication consultant and content creator with eight years of experience as a grantmaker at the Ford Foundation.
- Jessica Hagan, an award-winning playwright and program officer at Africa No Filter who specializes in arts and culture grants,
- Anthony Wafula, the program development manager at Hivos, an international organization that supports changemakers across more than 40 countries worldwide.
- The video offers useful information and guidance related to grant writing for creative projects.
Types of opportunity: Competition/Grant
Deadline: End of the year or until 20 storytellers are selected
Worth: $500 to $2000
Open to: Content creators, wordsmiths, performance artists, visual artists, journalists, etc
Duration: Short-term projects to be completed within 3 to 6 months of receiving funding
Organizer: Africa No Filter
Country: Various countries in Africa and the African Diaspora