Latest Grants, Fellowships & other Resources in Kenya

Here is a list of latest grants, fellowships, funding call for proposals and other resources for individuals and NGOs in Kenya.

Apply to Participate in MDLI East Africa Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

Deadline: 16 May 2016

The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is seeking applications from lawyers based in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the right to freedom of expression that will held in Kampala, Uganda from 8 – 11 August 2016.

All applicants are required to submit for discussion and workshopping a current or potential case involving a violation of the right to freedom of expression.

Objectives

  • To identify and provide substantive support to cases on the right to freedom of expression that could be pursued before domestic and/or international fora;
  • To assist and build working relationships with lawyers undertaking such cases;
  • To equip the participants with the necessary skills and knowledge regarding the international human rights mechanisms available for pursuing freedom of expression cases in East Africa.

Focus Areas

  • Defamation (criminal)
  • Privacy
  • Restriction of the media by means of regulatory measures
  • Physical safety of journalists
  • Protection of sources
  • National security

Eligibility Criteria

  • The surgery is open to lawyers from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi;
  • The lawyers can either be working in private practice, or be working for or be affiliated with NGOs promoting the right to freedom of expression in East Africa through litigation;
  • Exceptionally strong applications from lawyers who have not yet undertaken freedom of expression work, but have experience litigating other human rights cases and have a strong interest in undertaking freedom of expression work will be considered as well. A maximum of 12 participants will be selected;
  • The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in, and/or knowledge of the right to freedom of expression and/or related issues;
  • The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in, and/or knowledge of international and regional human rights law;
  • The lawyers must be involved in, or considering, litigating a case or cases that address violations of the right to freedom of expression. With their application, they must submit a case study of a case that they are litigating or intend to litigate that could be discussed and workshopped during the litigation surgery;
  • The cases submitted must involve a violation of the fundamental right to freedom of expression as protected in a national constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the East African Community Treaty or any other relevant domestic/international human rights instrument;
  • The working language for the surgery will be English.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit East Africa Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery.

Call for Proposal 2016/17: Kenya Prosperity Fund to Promote the Economic Reform & Development

Deadline: 27 April 2016

The British High Commission Nairobi has announced a Prosperity Fund over the next 5 years to promote the economic reform and development needed for growth in partner countries. The Funding priorities will include improving the business climate, competitiveness and operation of markets, energy and financial sector reform, and increasing the ability of partner countries to tackle corruption.

Priority Sectors

  • Renewables: Kenya aims to produce 19,200MW of power by 2030 (ten times today’s amount) and is banking on renewable energy sources to do so.
  • Infrastructure: Kenya’s infrastructure gap has been identified as a key constraint on growth, yet large scale infrastructure projects can struggle to receive funding and implementation.

Funding Information

The project bids to be around the value of £100,000 plus to reflect the ambitious and strategic nature of the Fund and the need for high impact.

Eligibility Criteria

The Prosperity Fund accepts project proposals from civil society, governments, think-tanks, commercial organisations and other UK government departments.

How to Apply

Applicants must use the Concept Bid Form given on the website.

For more information, please visit the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/kenya-prosperity-fund-call-for-project-bids-for-201617

Call for Applications: Sida PFAN Initiative on Clean Energy Financing

Deadline: 8 May 2016

The Sida PFAN Initiative on Clean Energy Financing (SPICEF) is currently inviting applications from project developers in the East and Southern African regions. SPICEF seeks to nurture entrepreneurs, start-up and existing companies, project teams and consortia with environmentally beneficial business proposals with the aim of linking them with investment and finance and making them happen.

The SPICEF provides crucial early stage pro bono project development and support in raising financing to clean energy entrepreneurs, start-up and growth stage companies, project teams and consortia with viable and environmentally beneficial business proposals, by linking them with investment and finance and nurturing their development and implementation.

Focus Projects

  • Grid Connected IPPs (any clean energy technology)
  • Rural Electrification and Energy Access Projects (any clean energy technology) especially Mini-Grid distributed renewable energy utilities
  • Off-grid distributed energy service companies
  • Others (eg Energy Efficiency & Energy Conservation)

Funding Information

SPICEF Seeks Business opportunities that require total (initial) private capital in excess of US$1 million (or currency equivalent) will be considered

Eligible Countries

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.

How to Apply

  • All submissions are to be made in electronic format via given website.
  • The Application Consists of:
    • The Project Proposal (as a PDF file, financial models provided as an Excel sheet)
    • The completed Project Data Sheet (as an Excel sheet)

For more information, please visit Clean Energy Financing.

Food & Business Applied Research Fund: Apply to win up to 300,000 Euros

Deadline: 5 July 2016

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is currently seeking applications for its Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), providing grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation.

ARF aims at promoting research supported innovations that are readily applicable and contribute to the enhancement of sustainable food security for the most vulnerable populations in the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation.

Grant Value

A grant amounts to a minimum of 50,000 euros (for six months) and a maximum of 300,000 euros (for 36 months). Per 6 months a maximum of 50,000 euros ARF subsidy can be applied for.

Grants should contribute directly to the project. Reimbursable cost includes:

  • Personnel and overhead: Salaries for personnel, which should be guided by the organisations’ norms and legal regulations for the country concerned.
  • Audit costs: for a final external independent audit up to a maximum of 5,000 euros, so as to review and verify the correct application and justification of the ARF grant and the co-funding contributions.
  • Travel and accommodation: Travel and accommodation expenses for consortium partners and of the expenses incurred in short trips (<3 months) of team members directly related to the project up to a maximum of 20 per cent of the ARF grant budget.
  • Research costs: durables (buildings excluded), consumables, assistance.
  • Knowledge sharing costs: activities organised by the consortium, such as workshops (including evaluation workshops), capacity building, meetings, local/regional dissemination of results aimed at involving stakeholders from outside the consortium up to a maximum of 15 per cent of the ARF grant budget.

Eligibility Criteria

A consortium applying for the ARF should consist of at least two partners that integrate different kinds of knowledge and execute a project as an effort of co-creation:

  • A private or public practitioner organisation registered in one of the fifteen partner countries of Dutch development cooperation acting as the main applicant.
  • A research organisation from a partner country or from the Netherlands, acting as co-applicant.
  • In case the organisation/company is not a local branch of a Dutch partner or the research organisation is not from the Netherlands, a third co-applicant is required, that is from The Netherlands. This can be a private or public practitioner organisation or a research organisation.

In the execution of the project at least one researcher from a partner country must be involved (not necessarily as consortium member). The involvement of additional partners, acting as co-applicant is encouraged. Next to this, gender expertise and female participation is required in the consortium and/or the project team.

Eligible Partner Countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Yemen.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through an online process.

For more information, please visit Applied Research Fund.

USAID: Supporting Health Communications and Marketing Program in Kenya!

Deadline: 26 April 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified Kenyan organizations to provide funding in support of a program entitled Health Communications and Marketing (HCM) in Kenya.

The purpose of the activity is to implement social marketing and communications within the health sector and to build the sustainability of Government of Kenya’s Ministry of Health to lead, coordinate and implement social marketing and health communication initiatives.

Objectives

  • Manage a cost-effective marketing, sales, and distribution network that improves availability and access by key priority populations to products related to HIV/AIDS, RH/FP, CS and malaria, develop and manage communications initiatives to increase the knowledge of Kenyans about HIV/AIDS, RH/FP, CS and Malaria, including accurate information to increase demand for and use of beneficial products and services and information to encourage and sustain healthy behaviors, in line with GOK strategies and priorities.
  • Improve the preventive behaviors of Kenyans related to HIV/AIDS, in particular increasing the use of condoms in high risk sexual encounters and the percent of men and women going for HTC and receiving their test results.
  • Improve the behaviors of Kenyans related to family planning, maternal and child survival, malaria and family health, in particular, decreasing unmet need for family planning (uptake of voluntary long term family planning methods), better birth spacing, better prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses (e.g. use of “safe water” in the home, use of ITNs, better breastfeeding practices, full immunization, and prompt recognition and treatment of malaria and other childhood illnesses, including ORS at home, and use of cleaner indoor stoves),
  • Improve service utilization rates for ART, HTC, PMCT, RH/FP, and CS services, including the percent of pregnant women accessing PMTCT services including HTC, the number of Kenyans using HTC services and receiving their test results, the number of clients receiving FP/RH services, number of antenatal care visits and delivery by a trained provider, and childhood prevention and treatment of illnesses in both public and private sector settings.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the GOK/MOH at both national and county levels to coordinate, support and implement social marketing and communication activities.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased use of quality health services and products
  • Strengthened capacity of Government to lead, manage, and govern health communications and marketing
  • Improved use of information for decision-making

Grant Information: Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide $42.5 million in total USAID funding over a five year period with an estimated start date of July 2016

Eligibility Criteria

  • HCM will be awarded to a local Kenyan organization.
  • USAID encourages applications from a broad range of interested parties, domestic non-profit organizations, domestic for-profit companies that forego profit, faith-based organizations, foundations, academic institutions, civic groups and regional organizations.
  • USAID welcomes applications from potential new partners and organizations which have not previously done business with USAID.
  • If the applicant proposes to partner with other organizations through subawards, it should present a clear structure in terms of roles and responsibilities of each subrecipient, lines of authority, and managerial decision-making process.
  • Applicants must have established financial management systems, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations.
  • The Recipient must be a responsible entity

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Health Communications and Marketing Program.

Making All Voices Count: Joint Initiative to Support Civil Society Groups

Applications to be submitted before April 2016

Making All Voices Count (MAVC) is currently inviting applications for its Joint Initiative to Support Civil Society Groups.

MAVC is a global initiative that supports innovative and tech-focused approaches to addressing governance issues.

Objectives

With this call, MAVC is seeking innovative civil society-led projects that can contribute to:

  • the shaping of OGP National Action Plans and their commitments.
  • the implementation of OGP National Action Plan Commitments
  • civil society monitoring and supporting governments to achieve OGP commitments
  • civil society monitoring and challenging governments over how they pursue these commitments

Activities Included

MVAC is open to considering a wide range of different activities, including where civil society groups:

  • campaign for their country to participate in the OGP process;
  • strategically organize themselves for effective OGP participation (playing a coordinating role)
  • advocate for, set up and/or play a leadership role in OGP permanent dialogue mechanisms;
  • organize campaigning activities to influence new OGP action plans;

Eligibility Criteria                                                                                           

Civil society leaders in the following countries are encouraged to apply for Making All Voices Count support:

  • Countries producing new OGP plans in 2016: Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania
  • Countries currently implementing OGP plans: Ghana, Liberia, Philippines
  • Countries where civil society is campaigning for the government to join OGP: Nigeria

How to Apply

  • The organizations interested should design proposals strongly rooted in the national context and the opportunities that the prevailing context offers. Proposals should also include realistic assessments of the local political appetite for open governance reform and OGP.
  • The concept notes/ideas must include a summary of issues the project is addressing, partnership/alignment with OGP country plans, how long the project is proposed for, and overall budget.
  • The applications must be submitted via respective country emails.

For more information, please visit Making All Voices Count.

UNESCO/ Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2016

Deadline: 30 April 2016

Applicants are invited to apply for UNESCO/POLAND Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme whose aim is to promote human resource capacities in the developing countries and to enhance international understanding and friendship among nations and the people of Poland.
The fellowship will be an opportunity to undertake an individual research programme in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering.

Eligible Countries

  • Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Asia & Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam
  • Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Latin America & The Caribbean: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela(Bolivarian Republic of)

Facilities Offered

  • By Polish Authorities:
    • Free tuition and access to the university facilities based on the local regulations.
    • Accommodation at the AGH UST Student Campus organised for fellows by the UNESCO AGH Chair
    • Monthly allowance of 1350 PLN (1 USD = approximately 3.9 PLN)
  • By UNESCO:
    • International travel expenses
    • Health insurance for fellowship beneficiaries who are declared medically fit

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Individuals from the member states (mentioned above) are eligible to apply.
  • Hold the Bachelor’s or M.Sc. degrees.
  • Be proficient in reading and writing English.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application from via given website.

For more information, please visit Fellowships Programme.

Apply for YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Programme 2016!

Deadline: 21 March 2016

Are you ready to embrace your inner leadership and change your community? If yes, then apply for the eighth and ninth cohorts of the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Programme 2016.

The YALI Regional Leadership Centers is currently inviting Young African Leaders for its YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Programme 2016. YALI promotes three models designed to identify and empower young leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, YALI Network, and now the establishment of Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.

Tracks of Study

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Civic Leadership
  • Public Management

Eligible Countries

Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

Eligibility Criteria

Competition for the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa is merit-based and open to young East African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission.
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the eligible countries (mentioned above).
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Kenya.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Africa Programme.

Submit Your Applications for DREAMS Innovation Challenge 2016!

Deadline: 28 March 2016

Do you have an innovative approach to help keep adolescent girls and young women AIDS-free? If yes, then apply for this Dreams Innovation Challenge!

Applications are open for the DREAMS Innovation Challenge 2016 with a motive to reduce HIV infections by infusing new thinking and high-impact approaches to meet the urgent, complex needs of adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

Focus Areas

  • Strengthening Capacity of Communities for Service Delivery
  • Keeping Girls in Secondary School
  • Linking Men to Services
  • Supporting Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Providing a Bridge to Employment
  • Applying Data to Increase Impact

Award Information

DREAMS will award a total of up to $85 million for innovations that help girls in the DREAMS countries develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe women.

Focus Countries

Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Challenge greatly encourages applications from organizations that have not previously received U.S. government funding, either directly or indirectly, and/or are based in one or more of the 10 DREAMS countries (mentioned above).
  • DREAMS encourage applications from most types of organizations – including for-profit, non-profit, academic organizations, and multilateral organizations.
  • Applicants may submit approaches that apply to just one of the Challenge Focus Areas or that cut across numerous issues.
  • Written submissions must be completed in full to be considered eligible for review. Submissions will only be accepted in English; any other language will be considered ineligible.

How to Apply

Interested organizations can apply by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Challenge Application Portal.

For more information, please visit Innovation Challenge.

Women’s Empowerment Fund III: Building Capacity of Enterprises & Women Entrepreneurs

Deadline: 21 March 2016

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for its third annual Women’s Empowerment Fund (WEF), a financing mechanism designed to scale effective business models for empowerment through women’s energy entrepreneurship.

WEF’s goal is to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

Focus Areas

  • Establishing a strong evidence base and evaluating effective approaches
  • Increasing access to finance to integrate women’s empowerment into the sector
  • Building capacity of enterprises and women entrepreneurs
  • Raising awareness and generating demand among women consumers and adolescent girls and boys
  • Influencing and setting international and national policies and processes

Funding Information

  • The WEF will award grants of up to US$75,000 to at least 4 qualifying organizations.
  • The selected WEF projects will have a 12-month timeframe to meet concrete objectives and performance milestones.

Focus Countries

Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda

Eligibility Criteria

  • Focus Geographies: All qualified individuals and organizations, regardless of location, are encouraged to apply. Although the Alliance has a preference for partners operating in Alliance focus countries (mentioned above), organizations operating in other countries are also encouraged to apply. The Alliance will select the most qualified applications regardless of location; the preference for Alliance focus countries is only weighted if the Alliance needs to make a final selection between applications of comparable quality.
  • Alliance Partnership: The applicant organization must be a registered partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Applicants who are not currently a Partner must be registered prior to submitting their application.
  • Organizational Type/Legal Structure: Organizations can include but are not limited to for-profit companies, social enterprises, foundations, non-profits, universities, research institutes, faith-based institutions, etc.
  • Organization Stage of Development: Organizations at all stages of operational development from seed-stage to large global organizations and enterprises.
  • Impact: The applicant must be focused on driving highly scalable gender and empowerment impacts in alignment with the Alliance’s mission to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment. It is recommended that applicants consult the Alliance’s social impact M&E indicators and tools prior to submission, and highlight any relevant socio-economic indicators that will be measured in your proposal.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the EOIs form via given website.

Note: A shortlist of applicants will be selected to submit a full proposal in the next round, and will receive further instructions by April 8, 2016.

For more information, please visit Global Alliance for Clean.