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Funding opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​Division for Social Impact

The Division for Social Impact provides modest seed funding for initiatives that align or respond to SU themes. The purpose of this seed funding is to support Social Impact initiatives that cannot be financed by means of normal funding mechanisms. It provides start-up capital and is not meant to cover normal running costs or subsidise existing programmes. View the comprehensive DSI funding criteria here. There are normally two funding opportunities per year and the dates for 2023 are as follows:-

Round 1

  • 31 March 2023

Round 2

  • 31 August 2023

For more information, e-mail:

Development & Alumni Relations Office

The Development & Alumni Relations Office​ will assist with the funding of initiatives that comply with certain criteria.

​Funding calls

Periodically, the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), Western Cape Government (WCG) and National Research Foundation (NRF) put out calls for funding for Social Impact initiatives. They will be displayed here when they are available.

Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) / Western Cape government (WCG) Joint Task Team (JTT) Additional Call for research proposals 2022/2023

Researchers are invited to submit proposals on the attached template which aims to strengthen the contribution of the province's higher education institutions to the provincial economy by developing the body of research focused on regional and local economic growth, productivity, and employment.

Proposals should demonstrate existing relationships with business or industry which can be mobilised to conduct this research. 

Selected proposals will be reviewed by members of the CHEC-WCG Joint Task Team after which all applications will be notified of the outcome.  

Please submit proposals on the application template to: Mawethu Nyakatya ( by Friday 23rd September 2022.