2021 Afri-plastics Challenge Grant of £100,000 is Open


Over 17 million tonnes of waste are generated by Sub-Saharan Africa annually, and only 12% of plastic waste is recycled.

The Challenge aims to reduce marine plastics in Sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement in a way that promotes gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

The Challenge will help communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to prevent plastic waste from entering the marine environment by finding ways to minimize reliance on plastic and new ways of managing plastic waste.

Challenge Timeline

The Afri-Plastics Challenge is divided into three strands:

Strand 1: Accelerating Growth – Apply Here

Seeking small and medium-sized enterprises that have a proof of concept and the ability to scale nationally or regionally to reach a high target number of people, particularly engaging women and girls. 

Strand 2: Creating Solutions (Launching September 2021)

A call for new ideas particularly those that respond to a particular gap in the innovation landscape in specific Sub-Saharan African countries or with specific population groups. 

Strand 3: Promoting Change (Launching December 2021)

A call for large scale campaigns that raise awareness and engage women and girls in the plastics value chain.

Prize Structure

Initial Entry

Submit an online application form. Entries will open on 21st July 2021 and submissions must be received by the deadline of 15 September 2021 12PM BST. Late entries will not be accepted.

Semi-finalist Phase

Participation in a Digital Activation Workshop followed by six weeks of further capacity building support to help consolidate plans for scaling solutions. Grants of £10,000 will be provided to the Semi-Finalists to support in the development and validation of their scaling plans.

Finalist Phase

Participation in a 12 month in-depth Scaling Strategy and Implementation Phase. During this phase Finalists will be provided with a range of capacity building support, based on individual need. They will also receive a grant of £100,000 to implement their scaling plans during this phase. 

Apply Now

If you have an already established startup business and wish to apply, kindly do so using the link below:

Apply for the 2021 Afri-plastics Challenge

Closing Deadline

The Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 1 Accelerating Growth opens for entries on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 09:00 (BST) and closes on Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 12 noon (BST).

Following the closing date on Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 12:00 noon (BST), entries for the Challenge will be screened for eligibility and assessed.

A diverse portfolio of entries that best meet the relevant assessment criteria will be long-listed by a group of external assessors, then later shortlisted by a Judging Panel.