The CIVICUS Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator Program 2018 for SDG youth advocates ($30,000 USD in funding)

Application Deadline: October 31st 2018

Do you want to increase youth representation and influence in development decisions in your community? Do you want to generate and use data to improve accountability for local development?  Do you have a great idea, but need a little extra support to realise its full potential?

The Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator is a 12-month pilot project that will engage and support up to 30 youth advocates using data to improve local development related to poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, gender equality and water and sanitation (Global Goals 1-6).  These youth advocates will have access to a suite of funding and technical capacity development support, valued at up to $30,000. Participants will also have access to local and international networking opportunities to garner visibility and mobilise funds for their initiatives.

The Accelerator will support promising youth advocates who are using data in innovative ways to address Global Goals 1-6 — local development challenges related to poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, gender equality and water and sanitation.

You’re an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are an experienced social activist, researcher, campaigner, technologist, scientist or change agent.
  • Are committed and ready to advance and accelerate the progress of a successful idea now and in the longer-term.
  • Are passionate about solving local development issues, no matter what it takes

You (the applicant) should fulfill the following criteria:

  • You are a young person (age 18-35 as of 1 January  2019) or represent a youth-led organisation.
  • You or your organisation are affiliated with one of the following partners:
    • Action for Sustainable Development
    • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Goalkeepers Community
    • George W. Bush Institute
    • Obama Foundation
    • Restless Development
    • *If you’re not affiliated with any of these organisations, you can sign-up to become a CIVICUS member here.

    You work in your community to enhance local development in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East (with priority given to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia).

  • You are able to dedicate up to 50% of your time to Accelerator-related activities from January to December 2019, including a 5-day workshop in Arusha, Tanzania, from 21-25 January 2019, and twice-monthly online calls.
  • You have the capacity to deliver on your proposed idea/plan.
  • You can share your expertise and knowledge with other participants, and bring learnings or synergies back to your organisation/community.
  • If you are applying as an organisation, you must demonstrate alignment between your organisation mission and the initiative.
  • If you are applying as an organisation, the governance structure of your organisation must approve your application.


Successful applicants (who become Accelerator participants) will have access to a suite of technical support, networks and mentors as well as funding, goods and services valued at up to $30,000. In addition to facilitating connections with CIVICUS members and partners nationally and sub-nationally, Accelerator participants will have the opportunity to engage in international networking opportunities to build global solidarity and further create visibility and mobilise funds around their initiatives.

Detailed offerings include:

  • Hands-on guidance to refine and finalise your project proposal into a comprehensive implementation plan
  • Tailored training and resources to help you build the skills needed to implement your initiative
  • Ongoing, regular support with Accelerator project implementation, including support with measuring citizen-based data collection and analysis with a mentor/ technical advisor
  • Being part of an active community of youth and non-youth organisations working on citizen-driven data sourcing and accountability approaches and data analysis and storytelling focused on peer-to-peer learning and problem solving
  • Promotion of your work to a global audience via case studies, blog posts and learning resources


  • Applications open: 26 September 2018
  • Applications close: 31 October 2018
  • Finalists announced: 30 November 2018
  • Virtual orientation (mandatory): December 2018
  • Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania (mandatory): 21-25 January 2019

Apply Now for the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator Program

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator!


  1. Good morning
    Please kindly advise me on the accelerator grant.
    I submitted my application yesterday and I haven’t received any acknowledged response which got me assuming I didn’t submit the right email in my application.

    Accept my regards.


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