The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) is a national organization that works across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The organization is a nonpartisan organization. NWTF runs with a vision of a  Nigeria where women and men engage equally in governance leading to National Development

The ideals of NWTF are woven around the principles of inclusion, equity, favorable political environment and the absence of gender-based discrimination and violence. Towards the advancement of the above, NWTF seeks to support women groups and institutions at the national, state and across communities in Nigeria to empower them to rise above all barriers and be able to demand for their human rights, participate fully in governance and strengthen Nigeria's democratic process. 

The overall goa lof the call for the submission of concept notes is  to increase the number of viable women’s rights organisations or groups working to achieve gender equality and inclusive governance in Nigeria.


  1. To build the capacity of women led and women focused organisations
  2. To serve as a mentor organization for women led and women focused organisations
  3. To increase scholarship on women’s issues that can influence policy
  4. To reduce incidences of violence against women in communities where women led and women focused organisations are based
  5. To increase the number of women led and women focused organisations that are working on women’s leadership
  6. To build a cohort of organisations that can effectively link ending violence against women with women’s political aspirations and leadership

Thematic Areas of Grant Call

  1. Institutional strengthening of 'women's rights groups and organizations.
  2. Community mobilization and strengthening of network of young women on women's leadership and ending violence against women and girls.
  3. Research on topical issues affecting women and girls from a gender perspective, addressing national gender issues, women’s rights, women’s leadership and participation.

NWTF invites women led and women focused non-governmental organisations, community-based organizations (CBOs), academic institutions, and individual young women networks and initiatives across Nigeria  to submit concept notes on any of the three areas of focus listed above.  Guidelines for the concept note include the following:

Background, Justification, objectives, expected outcomes, scope, methodology timeframe and summary budget.

Categories of Grant

Category A: N2, 000, 000 – N2, 500,000

This is targeted at community based organisaitons that are active and with evidence of project work in the last 2 years who require institutional strengthening.   

Category B: N2,500,000 – N4,500,000

This is targeted at civil society orgnaisations focused on community mobilization on women's  leadership and ending violence against women and girls.

Category C: N2,000,000 – N5,000,000

This is focused on support for  research on topical issues affecting women and girls from a gender perspective, women’s rights, women’s leadership and participation at community, state and national levels.

Duration of the grant project: 6 – 12 months

Deadline for Submission of Concept Notes: 15 October2021. All concept notes must be submitted to:

Eligibility Criteria For Organisations Submitting  Concept Notes

  • Must be a women led organization and or women focused organization with majority of its staff and board being women.
  • Must have been in existence for at least 18 months
  • Must demonstrate the necessary organizational structures for effective implementation of the project.
  • Must be a local Non- Governmental Organization (NGO)/Community Based Organisation (CBO) registered with relevant bodies at local government, state or at the national level and based in
  • Must have an appreciable administrative, financial, human resource and information management system to properly account for funds received.
  • Must be capable of reporting back on the outcomes of the project
  • Proposed projects should be innovative, have objectives that are sound and well-thought-out, and clearly indicate the target audience.

All grant concept notes received will be reviewed based on the criteria and in addittion  according to program needs and funding availability. Only applicants whose concept notes have been shortlisted will be invited to move on to the next stage of submitting full proposals.  

Please note that NWTF will not shortlist any concept note that focuses on funding political parties or campaigns; government agencies;  scholarships; for-profit initiatives and projects aimed at religious conversion. Young women, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with  organisations working in hard to reach areas are particularly enco