African Union Commission (AUC) Skills Initiative for Africa funding – Call for proposals for Funding Window I

The Call for Proposals in now open for Funding Window I !

Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC) supported by the German Government to strengthen occupational prospects of young people in Africa. 

SIFA finances skills development projects in several African countries. Projects should contribute to employment-oriented skills development and vocation training for young people.

Selected projects can receive a grant between EUR 0.2 to 3 million for sustainable and innovative initiatives.


Who is eligible to apply?

SIFA funding is available for applicants in the participating countries. Applicants must be experienced stakeholders in the field of skills development. One responsible lead will always form a consortium with either one or two partners, according to the eligibility criteria for each Funding window or Category with a specific goal. Each funding window has specific criteria defining who is eligible to apply and what type of project can be funded, as well as maximum grant amounts.

The Lead must be a domestic entity and a public or private accredited training provider. The primary partner needs to be from the domestic private sector.


Thematic Area: Large investment projects in modern work place skills development, building the capacity of public and private training institutions to deliver quality skills programs for the youth in priority growth sectors.


Currently, eight countries have been selected as Pilot Countries – Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia. SIFA funding is available for projects in these participating countries only. Calls for Proposal are opened for each country individually, as follows:

  • Tunisia: Call is CLOSED – 03 June 2019
  • Togo: Deadline for submission of Concept Notes: 24 June 2019
  • Ghana: Call is OPEN – DEADLINE for submission of Concept Notes: 01 July 2019
  • South Africa: Call is OPEN – DEADLINE for submission of Concept Notes: 10 July 2019
  • Kenya: Call is OPEN – DEADLINE for submission of Concept Notes: 05 August 2019


Applicants: those who are interested in applying to the SIFA grant, please check the 'Instruction Guide for Applicants' and the 'eligibility criteria' before applying.

Then, register in SmartME, the online application system of SIFA.


For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the AUC Skills Initiative for Africa