On Nigeria Grant Guidelines


Our strategy seeks to reduce corruption by supporting Nigerian-led efforts that strengthen accountability, transparency, and participation.

Through targeted support to primarily Nigerian organizations, we aim to bolster the momentum around Nigeria’s efforts to strengthen accountability and reduce corruption. All organizations work together in cohorts to set and achieve their shared goals and objectives. Our strategy has four complementary areas of focus:

  • Enabling independent Nigerian media and journalism outlets to investigate and expose corruption and share anti-corruption success stories.
  • Strengthening the criminal justice system through nationwide adoption and implementation of the 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and complementary laws and policies. We also support anti-corruption agencies to work independently and effectively to implement their respective mandates.
  • Supporting Nigerian civil society organizations, communities, and social influencers to use media reports to call for action, mobilize to demand accountability, and advocate for policy changes that make it easier to prevent, detect, and punish corruption.
  • Promoting behavior change by supporting faith communities from across religious traditions to interrogate integrity within their respective religions—and supporting performers, creators, and influencers from across Nigeria—to produce and share compelling content about corruption and the cost of corruption to Nigerian communities. 

At the end of 2024, we will wind down our time-limited Big Bet strategy on anti-corruption as we explore new opportunities in Nigeria.

What We Fund

The media and journalism component of our work seeks to strengthen investigative and data-driven journalism in Nigeria and to reinforce the role played by independent media and individuals in revealing and documenting corruption. This approach is an important part of reaching people and communities across the country in the fight against corruption and generating widespread demand for transparency and accountability. Advocates and activists use media stories reported in English and local languages to galvanize community action and to advance a policy agenda that institutionalizes anti-corruption and accountability policies, practices, programs, and approaches that will continue to prevent and reduce corruption in the future.

To strengthen the criminal justice system in ways that will combat corruption at all levels and improve government effectiveness, we support organizations that strengthen the legal environment through the implementation of the 2015 ACJA nationally and in select states. We also support anti-corruption agencies to implement a range of anti-corruption laws, policies, and practices that make it more difficult to commit corrupt acts.

Additional grantmaking supports entertainment organizations and content creators to explore corruption-related topics in their programming. Grants also fund efforts by religious communities and interfaith organizations to serve as anti-corruption champions and to encourage dialogue at the intersection of corruption, accountability, and religion in Nigerian society. We ask all prospective grantee partners to design and carry out their work in ways that will advance gender equity and social inclusion.


Updated June 2023


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