This is the most practical workshop I have ever attended. Beyond the fact that it was excellently organized, the content was new and unconventional. It was real, participatory and practical. The worksheets gave clear insights and actionable steps for my organization’s project. (Past Participant)



Lack of access to funds and lack of diversification of funding sources are significant challenges to continued professional and institutional growth for many organizations lead by young entrepreneurs as well as civic and public management leaders in Africa.  The goal of this Course is to provide intensive four-day onsite or 5 weeks online Grant Writing training for young entrepreneurs, civic and public management leaders in Africa so that they may acquire skills to write grants in order to support their worthwhile projects. Over $600, 000 have been raised by some of the previous participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how project proposal ideas are developed;
  • Understand strategies for developing relationships with funders;
  • Understand the major components of a project proposal; Learn how to develop strategies for successfully implementing funded projects;
  • Become familiar with the grants opportunities available through the US Embassy.
  • Receive a resource directory of “Funding for Community Development Projects in Africa” compiled by Professor Jesse Lutabingwa;
  • Learn about other fundraising concepts besides grant writing, and share knowledge about what has worked well within their organizations and explore opportunities to collaborate with each other.


The lead facilitator is Professor Jesse Lutabingwa an expert in grant writing, Associate vice chancellor of international education and development; director of international research and development; and professor of public administration Office of International Education and Development, Department of Government and Justice Studies, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA.


The online course would be delivered using recorded class sessions from previous grant writing courses that we have held, Facebook live sessions, live webinars, workgroups, and assignments and it would adopt a project-based learning approach. Most instructions would come through emails.


Preferred participants are emerging non-profit executives or entrepreneurs who require grant writing for raising funds to sustain or scale their impacts and must be available for the entire course duration. Participants of the online edition must have good connectivity, a Gmail account.


Cost of training: Onsite- $100 (N36, 000, Online- $30 (N10, 000) You may pay using this link Or directly to our account: Account Name: Sozo Empowerment and Mentorship Initiative Bank: Zenith Bank Naira account number: 1016372514 GBP: 5060274365 USD: 5071093016

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