Presentation of the donor

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an inter-governmental organisation that was launched in 2006. Its mission is to support the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. The African Members States of UNESCO and the African Union, with the aim to develop a strategy to deal with the challenges that many African countries meet in implementing the 1972 World Heritage Convention, initiated the AWHF.

The AWHF is committed to capacity building. The capacity building programs focus on training related to the World Heritage nomination process and on conservation and site management. Our funds are accessible to all African countries that are Member States to the World Heritage Convention

Summary of opportunity

The AWHF strives to complete five missions:

  1. Provide support to identify and list African heritage sites on the World Heritage List;
  2. Provide support and assistance for the conservation and management of heritage sites in Africa, particularly those already inscribed on the World Heritage List;
  3. Rehabilitate sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger;
  4. Train heritage experts and site managers as ongoing capacity building;
  5. Involve communities in decisions concerning their heritage and ensuring that tangible benefits accrue to them

The application date for financial assistance starts on 1st June every year and closes on 31st of August.

There will be two funding categories; The Small Assistance Grants and the Standard Assistance Grant. The Small Assistance Grant is a proposal requesting funding from $10 000 and below.

Eligibility criteria

Request for proposals and assistance is open to all African member states that have ratified the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Note that only applications endorsed by the National Director in charge of cultural/natural heritage, or equivalent, will be accepted.

How to apply

This template is the original assistance request form which when sent should cover all the questions asked. It can be adjusted to accommodate aspects not covered or the length and detail of your request. It should be filled in, in English or French and sent with supporting documents and a concept proposal as per the format provided in section C to: –

  • The African World Heritage Fund
  • 1258 Lever Road
  • Headway Hill
  • Midrand, 1685
  • South Africa.
  • Tel: +27 [0] 11 313 911      E-mail:

AWHF Grant Programmes