WIDU Grants

WIDU.africa offers two grant programmes to support micro and small enterprises in participating African countries. Depending on the business you wish to support, you can choose between the Original WIDU Grant and Corona Business Grant. For both grants, a diaspora donor needs to start the application process by inviting a friend or relative with a business idea (entrepreneur) to the platform.

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Small Shop Corn Mill Entrepreneur presenting purchase
Original WIDU Grant

Encourage entrepreneurship by applying for an Original WIDU grant to support new and existing businesses in participating African countries with up to 2,500 €. The entrepreneur will receive an extra grant of 250 € for each funded project.

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Corona Business Grant

Start a Corona Business Grant project and support existing businesses with ideas that want to extend their existing business to enable them to bring innovation and creativity to the national and community response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Further Useful Information

Find out which grants are currently available for each African country.

Sign up for a free WIDU information session where you can ask all your quesions.

Watch the WIDU explainer video to learn how the application process works

Comparison Between WIDU Grants

Original WIDU Grant
(250 - 2,500 Euro + 250 Euro Corona top-up)

Corona Business Grant
(max. 2,500 Euro)

  • New or existing businesses, max. 20 employees
  • Existing businesses (at least 1 year old), max. 20 employees
  • All sectors (e.g. small farms, garages, shops, hairdressers)
  • Impactful businesses of all sectors that are innovatively contributing to the national or community Corona pandemic response
  • Investment of the diaspora donor and entrepreneur  (50%) 
  •  No investment by the diaspora donor or entrepreneur
  • Each diaspora donor in Europe can support up to 3 African entrepreneurs at the same time 
  • Each diaspora donor in Europe can support up to 1 project, priority given to successfully  completed WIDU Original Grant projects
  • Up to 3 reapplications possible for successful projects  
  • No reapplication possible

WIDU is always free of charge

We do not ever ask diaspora donors or African entrepreneurs, nor their relatives or friends, to pay for our services. WIDU funding and coaching is and will always be provided for free.
Do not under any circumstances agree to give a share of your WIDU grant to a broker or a middle-man. These brokers/middle-men are breaking the law and will be sued by us.