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RAITH is a South African funder that provides grants to NGOs and Universities. Grants vary in size and can be completed over a short time frame or a maximum of 3 years.

We offer the following types of grants:
• Core Grants
• Emergency Grants
• Discretionary Grants
• Institutional Development Grants

Applications are made through an online portal – Fluxx. For more information on each grant type, see below.

Please note:

• Each year, the Fluxx portal is open from January to end April for core grant applications.
• Applications for all other grants can be submitted at any time of the year.
• The Foundation does reference checking of all new applications.
• The decision with regard to all applications for funding is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Core Grants

For core grant applications please note, RAITH funds across all thematic areas in the social justice space (e.g., environment, health, education etc.) as they relate to the achievement of our medium term outcomes, specifically:

• Holding those with power accountable for the fair and just exercise of that power where it affects the marginalised and vulnerable; and/or
• Enhancing the ability of the marginalised, voiceless and vulnerable to hold those with power accountable for the fair and just exercise of that power.
• Informing and engaging society in realising social justice

From time to time, the Foundation Board decides on priority areas for core grant funding, given our limited budget and the need to be responsive to critical emerging social justice issues. The current priorities are:
1. Governance and Accountability, with a focus on corruption and state capture (e.g exposing and prosecuting corruption or poor governance)
2. Economic Justice, with a focus on economic redistribution and resource allocation (e.g. alternative food systems, health and education resource allocation, social grants and the Basic Income Grant)
3. Media and Access to Information, with a focus on the elections in 2024 and 2029

The Foundation funds core grants of up to 3 years. There are no automatic re-grants. Each grant application is considered on its merits. Approval of these grants is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

Discretionary Grants

Discretionary grants are provided for support to the sector for strategic interventions. These are small, once off, core grants up to a maximum of R100,000 for a one year period. Approval of these grants is at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Emergency Grants

The Foundation provides emergency funding in the following cases and within the context of our overall goal:

• If the issue to be addressed requires an immediate response
• If the request is as a result of unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the applicant
• If the issue is not addressed immediately, this would damage RAITH’s long-term goal or cause immediate irreparable harm to the achievement of that goal

Emergency applications can be submitted for any amount but the emergency intervention should be completed within a short time-frame. Approval of these grants is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

Litigation Support Grants

These grants are provided in support of public interest litigation. Applications can be submitted for any amount and for a period next exceeding three years. Each grant application is considered on its merits. Approval of these grants is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

Institutional Development Grants

Institutional development grants are once off grants of up to a maximum of R100 000. These grants are for any institutional strengthening intervention aimed at making the organisation itself more sustainable. Approval of these grants is at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Grant Application Processes

Find below guidelines for applying for each of the above grants. Please follow these guidelines. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
Core grant application process
1. Applicant proceeds to https://raithfoundation.fluxx.io and completes eligibility quiz. Select: apply for regular (Core or Discretionary)
2. Should the applicant fulfil the eligibility criteria, applicant then completes registration
3. Once registration details are received, applicant will complete the first part of the application process
4. If the application does not qualify at the first stage, the applicant will receive a decline notification
5. If the application qualifies for funding, the applicant will complete the final stage of application
6. After review of the final application, the RAITH office will present the application to the meeting of the RAITH Board in September of each year and it is approved or declined.
7. If the application is approved, the RAITH office will complete a verification of institutional and financial information and once the verification is concluded satisfactorily, the contract will be signed.
Discretionary grant application process
1. Applicant proceeds to https://raithfoundation.fluxx.io and completes eligibility quiz. Select: apply for regular (Core or Discretionary)
2. Should the applicant fulfil the eligibility criteria, applicant then completes registration
3. Once registration details are received, applicant completes the first part of the application process
4. If the application does not qualify, the applicant will receive a decline notification
5. If, in the view of the Executive Director the applicant qualifies, the application will be approved and contract signed.

Emergency grant application process
1. Applicant proceeds to https://raithfoundation.fluxx.io and completes eligibility quiz. Select: apply for emergency funding
2. Should the applicant fulfil the eligibility criteria, applicant then completes registration
3. Once registration details are received, applicant completes the concept note
4. If the application does not qualify, the applicant will receive a decline notification
5. If the application qualifies, the applicant completes a full application
6. The final application will be presented to the RAITH Board where it is either approved or declined

Litigation support grant application process
If you wish to apply for a litigation support grant please email info@raith.org.za to request for an application form to complete and submit.
Institutional development grant application process
If you wish to apply for an institutional development grant please email info@raith.org.za for a concept note template to complete and submit.