- Meeting basic material needs (such as nutrition and economic support)
- Providing care and protection (such as psychological support and advocating for children’s rights), and
- Facilitating access to government services (such as education and healthcare)
Firelight Foundation also funds learning circles that bring together community-based organizations with similar missions. Learning circles present networking opportunities and establish communication between organizations that share certain challenges and successes. Since its establishment in 1999, Firelight Foundation has awarded over $18 million in grants to more than 330 grassroots organizations in Africa.
Areas of engagement in non-state educationEducational TechnologyGirls' EducationSkills for WorkEarly Childhood DevelopmentOut-of-School ChildrenStudent AssessmentTeacher Training and EvaluationStudent supportSchool supportEarly childhoodPre-primaryPrimaryProviding funding for non-state programsProviding general sector support (e.g., sharing of best practices, networking)Providing organizational support (e.g., capacity building, M&E support)Not-for-profitEarly Stage ProgramsPilot Programs (e.g. testing new models/ideas)
Funding PrioritiesGrantsContractsUnder $100,000Most are investments of between 5-10 years (“Patient Capital”)$1 million and up
Grants constitute 100% of portfolio