General Fund Projects

For over 30 years, Friends of Tanzania (FOT) has provided grant funding for small projects in underserved communities in rural Tanzania. FOT’s strength as an organization has its roots in its experience in and connections to small towns and villages across the country, which relationships are continuously developed through our work together.

Through our General Fund Projects Program, member donations to the General Fund are put directly towards sustainable, well-designed projects in specific thematic areas, including education, community development, environment, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). In addition to General Fund Projects, FOT members may designate contributions for projects with a specific community organization in Tanzania, as part of the Member Sponsored Project Program.

The FOT Projects Committee works to identify project partners located in and/or working in Tanzania to which FOT will provide full or partial funding for projects. The Projects Committee has formulated specific guidelines used to select partners and projects for funding.  This video provides an excellent summary of the manner in which FOT selects, reviews, approves, funds and monitors projects in rural Tanzania.

For any organizations interested in applying for a general fund project, please read the information below:

Thank you for your email and your interest in partnering with Friends of Tanzania (FOT). FOT is a volunteer-operated, non-profit organization that partners with other organizations to fund sustainable development projects in rural Tanzania ranging from 5 million to 20 million TSH, with some exceptions.

If you believe your organization and project are aligned with FOT after reading the Partner and Project Guidelines, please email [email protected] with a completed Potential Partner AssessmentProposed Project Application, and Detailed Budget by the application deadline for this funding cycle outlined below. Submissions outside of the application period or with incomplete and/or missing documents will NOT be considered for funding.

  • Rainy Season Funding Cycle –
    • FOT accepts project proposals between March 1 and May 31
    • Applicants notified if their project proposal is Under Review, Waitlisted, or Denied by June 30
    • If Under Review, the Projects Committee will reach out to the organization with questions about their project proposal between mid-July and mid-October
    • Applicants notified of Projects Committee’s Approval/Denial by mid-October
    • Applicants notified of FOT Board Approval/Denial by mid-November
    • If approved by FOT Board, funds are transferred by November 30
    • All approved projects MUST be started by May 31
  • Dry Season Funding Cycle –
    • FOT accepts project proposals between September 1 and November 30
    • Applicants notified if their project proposal is Under Review, Waitlisted, or Denied by December 31
    • If Under Review, the Projects Committee will reach out to the organization with questions about their project proposal between mid-January and mid-April
    • Applicants notified of Projects Committee’s Approval/Denial by mid-April
    • Applicants notified of FOT Board’s Approval/Denial by mid-May
    • If approved by FOT Board, funds are transferred by May 31
    • All approved projects MUST be started by November 30

As a reminder, FOT is entirely operated by volunteers. Please be patient with us and know that we are working diligently to review your proposal. During this process, we will be reaching out via email to request additional information about your organization’s proposed project. In order to operate on the above timeline, we request that your organization responds to our questions in a timely manner. If your organization does not respond in a timely manner, resulting in delays to the above timeline, your proposed project might be denied.

If you have any questions or would like an update on the review of your proposed project, please email [email protected].

Thank you again for your interest in partnering with Friends of Tanzania.

Recent General Fund Projects

Mara Region

Funds were provided to Project Zawadi for the technological supplies (such as laptops, projectors, tablets, etc.) needed for facilitators to lead a series of innovative teacher training modules for primary school teachers at 15 schools in Bunda District, Mara Region. FOT contributed $5,000.

Mwanza Region

FOT provided a grant of $ 6,393.85 to Africa School Assistance Project toward a library and computer laboratory at Idetemya Secondary School. The project is already providing important computer skills training to over 450 students, and an official credited four-year course that will train even more students.

Mbeya Region

FOT partnered with SHIPO on the construction of an improved water supply system, including a shallow well, electric water pump, water tank, domestic use water point, and 8-tap hand washing facility at Mbuga Primary School in Mbozi District. FOT contributed $5,162 to this project.

Mtwara Region

With assistance from FOT, Jiamini built a dormitory for 80 female students at Nangwanda boarding school in Mtwara. Such dormitories significantly improve educational opportunities for girls. The project was jointly funded with Tanzania Development Trust (TDT). FOT contributed $4,198.

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