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The Fund provides and manages grants community-based organisations (CBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in priority districts. The priority districts are chosen for the five-year strategic period due to the challenges of children in those communities in alignment with the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of the Fund. These organisations that are called the implementing partners (IPs) are selected through a process called the Request for Proposals (RfP) which is run by the Fund periodically. The IPs need to be registered and have governance and all systems and procedures in place to work with the Fund on outcomes of the NMCF. Grants range from R200k to R1 million maximum and are guided by a binding contract which is supported by the implementation plan, budget and clear Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) processes. NMCF staff monitor the grants to ensure that they benefit children following the four focus areas. These grants run for a period between one year and five years depending on availability of funding and the performance of the implementing partner.


  •   Children and Youth shall be the central beneficiaries of the fund.
  •  The NMCF will strive in all its activities to be inclusive and to have balanced participation with regard to race and gender.
  •  In all its activities the NMCF will strive to empower children and youth who live in seriously disadvantaged circumstances.
  •  All funding requests will be assessed in terms of our programme criteria and procedures. This assessment is likely to include an interview with the applicant and a visit to the project concerned.
  •  We prefer to deal directly with the proposed recipients of our funds and not through funding agencies.
  •  We seek to build long-term relationships with partners and will do our best to ensure-open and honest communication between the partners and ourselves.
  •  We would consider funding projects jointly with others.


  • Projects we fund should strive to:
    •  Have sound action plans and efficient administration to ensure sustainability.
    •  Have strong youth participation.
    •  Have the support of the community in which it operates.
    •  Show a desire for learning and self-reliance.
    •  Empower the youth with whom it works.
    •  Have established financial management systems or show that such are being developed.
    •  Have a legal charter or constitution
    •  Have a governing structure such as board of trustees, a management board, or committee representative of the community.
    •  Create a plan for future sustainability.


  •  All requests must be submitted in the required format.
  •  Additional documentation including annual reports, brochures, etc. may be attached.
  •  The application should, if possible, be in English and typed.
  •  All questions should be answered. If they are not applicable state why.


  •  All recipients of funds from the NMCF will be expected to submit written reports detailing progress twice a year or as requested.
  •  Audited financial statements shall be submitted once a year for the duration of the funding agreement.
  •  Management reports, newsletters and annual reports shall be made available to the Fund.


  •  Receipt of all applications for funding will be acknowledged promptly.
  •  Assessment of the request may include an interview or a visit to the project.
  •  Once the assessment has been completed, a proposal will be put forward on your behalf to trustees.
  •  Trustees’ meetings are held three times a year.
  •  Decisions made by the trustees are final.
  •  You will be informed by post/email about the trustees’ decision.
  •  Applicants should allow up to four months after the date of the submission of the funding request for a decision.


  •  Motor vehicles, school buses
  •  Conferences, seminars, once-off events and accommodation
  •  Student exchange programmes
  •  Tertiary bursaries and School fees
  •  Sponsorships and promotions
  •  Profit making initiatives
  • Projects outside South Africa
  •  Children in dire straits (e.g.: medical expenses for individuals with serious medical conditions)
  •  Building of class rooms and school facilities