Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What types of programs do you NOT fund?

We do NOT fund programs that fall under the following areas:

  • Individual or single family projects, or organisations applying on behalf of individuals
  • For-profit institutions
  • Advocacy or campaigning projects including disseminating information
  • Animal charities
  • Credit, revolving loan and/or micro-finance projects
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation services
  • Emergency appeals
  • Endowments or fundraising drives, including fundraising dinners
  • Legal cases and/or expenses, or payment of services to provide legal advice or representation
  • Migration including asylum and refugee-related cases or programs
  • Military, police or prisons or offenders related projects
  • Nurseries or playgroups
  • Political campaigns, to support political activities, or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation
  • Procurement of heavy machinery or equipment
  • Start-up projects and/or costs for the creation of new organizations or initiatives
  • Religious institutions, religious proselytising or instruction, and/or faith-based activities
  • Research e.g. academic or medical research including development and testing activities
  • Retrospective funding: costs that have already been incurred
  • Social events such as receptions, parties, galas, concerts, conferences, exhibitions etc.
  • Sports and leisure projects including football matches, sports
  • Transportation grants (air, road, rail sea)
  • Un-formed groups or un-registered alliances, associations, organizations or initiatives
  • Project costs that include:
    • Administrative and operating costs e.g. salaries, rentals, licenses etc.
    • Advocacy or campaigning work
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Advertising and marketing costs e.g. media, leaflets, posters etc.
    • Fertilizers or perishable foods
    • Fines and penalties, bad debt costs, deficit reduction
    • General un-earmarked funding, miscellaneous and/or contingency costs
    • Gifts and prizes, including cash prizes as well as other items (e.g., iPads, gift certificates) with monetary value
    • Landscaping or equipment for playgrounds, parks or recreation areas
    • Literary publishing
    • Production of films or videos
    • Property rental or purchases including repairs and general maintenance
    • Restoration or conservation of buildings or habitats
    • Sub-granting or re-granting
    • Vehicles rental or purchases including vehicle maintenance
    • Venue costs including rental, catering, decorating etc.
  • Is there a deadline for grant applications?

All our programs are rolling which means you can submit an application at any time.

  • Is my organization eligible for a grant?

The Mo Dewji Foundation awards grants to Tanzanian public institutions, multilateral donors, and registered non-profit institutions. If you meet these criteria and your project does not fall under the areas that we do not fund (see above), you may be eligible for a grant.

  • Is there a geographic requirement?

Yes. All grant programs must be located in the United Republic of Tanzania. We will not consider projects that take place out outside the country and/or do not target residents of the country.

  • How much can you apply for?

There is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for us to make a grant of more than TZS 10,000,000. At the first stage of the application process, we strongly advise you specify exactly how much you are looking for. Please note that the Mo Dewji Foundation may choose to fund only a specific amount of the requested grant. If your application progresses to the second stage we will discuss your funding requirements in more detail.

  • What are the funding priorities for the Mo Dewji Foundation?

Grants are given to organizations working in one or more of our programmes areas (health, education and community development). Preference is given to projects that are related to:

  1. Education
    • Gender in Education
    • Innovative / ICT based-education interventions
  2. Health
    • Innovative / ICT based-health interventions
    • mHealth
    • Nutrition
  3. Community Development
    • ICT for development outcomes
    • Communal agribusiness
    • Rural electrification
    • Water and sanitation
  • How long can we fund you for?

The Mo Dewji Foundation grants are generally one-time grant made within the month of when your project has been approved by our Board. However, our interest in supporting work in the longer term has to be balanced against our need to encourage new groups and new thinking. This means that our funding can’t continue indefinitely.

  • Can I re-apply for a grant?

The Mo Dewji Foundation does not accept resubmissions.

  • What is the selection criteria for Mo Dewji Foundation grants?

The Foundation focuses on projects with the following qualities:

  • Data-driven
  • Delivers measurable results
  • Scalable (depth and expanse)
  • Sustainable
  • Addresses a demonstrated need
  • Has significant community participation
  • Fosters community capacity and self-reliance
  • What is the application process?
  1. Applications should be made using the Mo Dewji Grant Application Form and submitted via e-mail to
  2. The Foundation has established a committee, including members of MeTL Group to assist with the assessment of applications and make recommendations to the Trustees as appropriate.
  3. As part of its assessment of an application, the committee may contact the applicant to request further information and/or may arrange to visit the applicant where appropriate.
  4. The decision whether to award a grant, and the amount of such grant, will be made by our Board of Trustees, taking into consideration any feedback or recommendations from the committee.
  5. In the event of an application being successful, The Foundation will confirm grant offers in writing, setting out the amount and purpose of the grant; the arrangements for payment; and any monitoring or publicity arrangements.

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