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TRACE Innovation Fund

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TRACE provides grants to organisations in an effort to enhance state accountability and transparency, and preserve democratic space, building on the new constitution. It seeks to empower Zimbabwe’s citizens to hold the state to account for its use of resources and its respect for human rights and democratic principles.  


A key thematic focus for TRACE is:

Increased citizen access to quality independent media, research and information.


The innovation fund is designed to support new and existing organisations that intend to, or are using new technology to support increased citizen access to quality independent media, research and information. Focus on the marginalised and voiceless is encouraged as is ensuring that any platforms encourage engagement with potential audiences.



The fund is designed to award grants of between $5 000.00 and $40 000.00 over six months to successful applicants. The grant spend does not have to be spread evenly over that time. Only in rare instances will additional funds be allocated to successful applicants after the six month period. The aim of the fund is to support initiatives aiming for self-sustainability.


As the fund is aimed at innovation, the application criteria is broad. For those seeking support for new projects a strong concept note is required with a focus on scalability. For existing organisation, the grants are aimed providing support to generate audience/revenue growth to move towards self-sustainability.


Individuals, organisations and teams can apply.


Click on the button below and complete and submit the application form.  All applicants will be informed as to the success of their application. Successful applicants will be invited to meet with TRACE for further discussions.



Reporting will be flexible and dependent entirely on the type of initiative being supported.



All online forms will be evaluated as submitted with the submissions deadline being April 30th 2018.

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