On Nigeria Grant Guidelines



This grantmaking seeks to reduce corruption by supporting Nigerian-led efforts to build an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and good governance in the country.

Through targeted support, we aim to bolster the momentum around Nigeria’s efforts to strengthen accountability and reduce corruption. Our multifaceted strategy has four complementary areas of focus:

  • Reducing corruption in two sectors, education and electricity, to demonstrate tangible results that citizens can see when accountability and transparency are strengthened;
  • Strengthening the criminal justice system through nationwide adoption and enforcement of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and complementary laws and policies; and
  • Supporting media and journalism to expose corruption and share information about anti-corruption efforts.

Each facet of our strategy is supported by a variety of primarily Nigerian organizations working on a range of cross-cutting activities, including civil society groups focused on anti-corruption, organizations piloting norm and behavior-change tactics as a means of reducing corruption, and groups mobilizing marginalized voices and new anti-corruption champions. All organizations work together in coalitions to set and achieve their shared goals and objectives.

What We Fund

In the education sector, our grantmaking seeks to promote transparent, effective, and efficient use of public resources in basic education and to reduce corruption in the sector. Our efforts employ various approaches intended to lay the foundation for achieving this goal, from making contracting and procurement practices more transparent, to mobilizing communities, to monitoring and tracking education funds. Our work focuses on two programs: the Universal Basic Education Commission’s matching grant fund, and the Home Grown School Feeding program, both of which entail frequent financial transactions and transfer of resources from the federal government to states, local government areas, schools, parents, and ultimately students.

In the electricity sector, we are bringing together regulators, professional associations, civil society actors, and the media to raise consumers’ awareness about their rights in the newly privatized sector, test new mechanisms for consumer redress, and pilot new approaches to improving accountability.

The sectoral work is complemented by support for efforts to strengthen the criminal justice system in ways that will help combat corruption at all levels, from day-to-day exchanges to acts of grand corruption. This work aims to improve government effectiveness by supporting civil society organizations that strengthen the legal environment through the implementation of the 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act nationally and in select states. As the law is more widely and consistently implemented, it will become easier to prosecute those who commit corruption.

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 citizens in revealing and documenting corruption. This approach is an important part of reaching and galvanizing people and communities across the country in the fight against corruption and generating widespread demand for transparency and accountability.

Additional grantmaking supports media and entertainment organizations to explore corruption-related topics in their programming. Grants also support efforts by religious leaders and interfaith organizations to serve as anti-corruption champions and to encourage dialogue at the intersection of corruption, accountability, and religion in Nigerian society.


While we are not accepting unsolicited proposals at this time, we are always eager to hear new ideas and perspectives


Updated June 2018

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