Africa Innovation Mradi: In Real Life (IRL) Fund

Africa Innovation Mradi: In Real Life (IRL) Fund

Grantmaking Process

The IRL Fund award decisions will be based on a two-stage application process: (1) an expression of interest through a letter of intent (“LOI”) followed by (2) a full application. LOIs meeting all eligibility and award criteria will be reviewed by an external review committee. Only those applicants who are shortlisted by this committee after the LOI stage will be invited to submit full applications.

Reviewers will seek to fund initiatives that advance a healthy internet that translates impactfully in the lived realities of their respective communities’ partners in Africa, that apply a social justice lens, and that draw connections between digital and human rights. Funded projects should reach and represent real African internet users.


1st November 2022 Call for applications is open

30th November 2022 Call for applications is closed

10th January 2022 Short-listed applicants invited to submit full application

24th January 2023 - Deadline to submit a full application

March 2023 - Award period begins and is anticipated to be up to 12 months.

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Call for applications is currently closed.

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  • Only those projects meeting the applicant eligibility and award requirements listed for each award type will be reviewed by a committee of external experts.
  • The committee will use quantitative scoring of the LOIs and a qualitative discussion at a review committee to short-list applicants to invite to submit a full application.
  • If your LOI is selected to proceed by the committee of external reviewers, you will be invited to submit a full application by 10 January 2023.
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Full Application

  • Applicants successful in the first stage will receive an invitation from Mozilla to submit a full application.
  • At this stage, additional organizational or budget details will be needed. If you have any questions about documentation required, please reach out to [email protected].
  • The deadline to submit a full application is 24th January 2023.
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Final Selection

  • Final selections will be made after full applications are submitted and reviewed based on the selection criteria in the Call for Proposals.
  • We aim to inform successful applicants by the mid-Feburary 2023.
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Award Period

  • The awards are anticipated to be up to 12 months beginning March 2023 and ending in February 2024.
  • Awardees will be expected to attend scheduled convenings, including quarterly cohort calls, for the duration of their project (12 months, beginning in March 2023) in order to share their progress, ask questions, and exchange learning.
  • Learn more about other supports provided.

Please note:

  • All applications must be submitted via Fluxx at
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, illegible, incorrect, inaccurate or misdirected registrations or submissions; or for any error, human, technical or otherwise, that may occur in the processing of submissions.
  • Neither Mozilla nor any potential grantee responding to thisCall For Proposals shall be considered to have entered into an agreement, until and unless both parties have signed a separate definitive grant agreement.

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