Botebong Trust remains dedicated to the achievement of the African Renaissance. We have established programmes which work to support the renewal of the youth development in Africa

Strategic Approach

With proper nutrition early in life, children can grow, develop and thrive their full potential.
Children around the world are given the educational materials needed for success in the classroom with the help of corporate partners and educators.
When we work with community partners, we support neighbors and work together towards recovery.
Poverty leads to hunger - but if we work together, we can create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.
Through our program, we promote healthy immune systems and enable children to develop through adolescence and into adulthood.
Through our village savings and loan programs, we hope families will be self-reliant, financially stable and able to support and strengthen their communities.

Education still provides an indisputable link between access to economic growth and social development. At the very least, a quality education is a ticket out of poverty and an opportunity to enter the labour market. For the 21st century African child, the education requirement is more than basic primary skills.

On average, 6% of South Africa’s GDP is spent on public education (roughly R245 billion). Despite high education expenditure, the primary education system in South Africa has been ranked 126th out of 138 countries in the World Economic Forum 2017 Global Competitiveness Report. South Africa lags in terms of good educational outcomes compared to other SADC countries that spend much less on public education.

The schooling system in South Africa is marred by inequality, with about 20% of schools being classified as wealthy schools and 80% as poor schools. The resources that both category of schools have access to are incomparable, meaning that low resourced schools are significantly impacted compared to well-resourced schools. 

After numerous policy changes and the stop-and-start implementation of various models, South Africa’s education system required reengineering. According to Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga the new emphasis is on re-engineering the sector to be more responsive to the needs of learners, adopt digital innovation and building the service delivery ecosystem for better quality and value in the basic education sector. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on children and youth all over the world in terms of education. School closures, lockdown, and psychological distress will have serious consequences on their futures and well-being, as well as on those of their educators and families. Governments need to secure quality education for all and make sure that the most vulnerable are not left behind, and this is a major challenge in this crisis.



After receiving your proposal, Botebong Trust will review it and disseminate it broadly through donor networks and other groups. We invite organisations that meet the minimum eligibility criteria and whose programmes are aligned with Botebong Trust’s focus areas to make formal applications for funding via email. Applicants must submit a fully developed proposal using the guidelines provided below.

Please note that Botebong Trust accepts only one application per grantee per year. Due to the volume of requests, we ask that organisations that have received a decline wait a full year before resubmitting a request.


Applications are received, reviewed, and evaluated by programme staff.

 Proposals are assessed based on:

  • Their alignment with Botebong Trust funding priorities
  • The organization’s capacity to carry out the expected activities
  • How effectively the proposed activities can address an expressed need in the community
  • The likelihood of achieving measurable, positive impact
  • The financial health of the organisation

For applicants that have received funding from Botebong Trust in the past, the programme staff may examine previous grant compliance.

Pre-grant inquiry and engagement with organisations by programme staff.

Programme staff will visit applicants for a pre-grant inquiry. These visits are intended to:

  • Assist in the verification of information received in the application
  • Clarify the written application, if required
  • Obtain a general sense of the organisation
  • Provide an opportunity for the organisation to engage with programme staff on the important work that they do
  • The outcome of the pre-grant inquiry is recorded and forms part of the organisation’s application

Applicant organisation receives a final response.

  • The Programme Staff informs approved applicants in writing of the outcome
  • The Programme Staff engages with successful organisations to revise, where necessary, the budget and deliverables
  • The Programme Staff prepares a grant agreement for each grantee within a reasonable timeframe
  • Grants may only be paid by EFT and can, in certain circumstances, be paid to a fiscal agent acting for the grantee (must submit a Memorandum of Understanding)

Grant monitoring and reporting.

  • All grants are monitored and assessed by Botebong Trust according to the terms and conditions of the grant agreement
  • During the duration of the grant, Botebong Trust will assess progress to ensure that grant outcomes are achieved
  • The grantee will be responsible for the preparation of timely interim progress and financial reports and final narrative and financial reports as required by the grant agreement, on dates specified in the grant agreement


There are a variety of ways to get involved with the Foundation:

  • To start a program and become a Site Coordinator
  • Sponsor equipment costs for an organization in your community
  • Introduce us to a youth organization in your community
  • Donate towards program grants
  • Become a Business Professional at our mentoring events
  • Network on our behalf
  • Volunteer for an event