Submit Proposals for Voice’s Reclaiming Civic Space: Kenya Sudden Opportunity Grant!

Submit Proposals for Voice’s Reclaiming Civic Space: Kenya Sudden Opportunity Grant!


Deadline: 31 December 2018

Are you witnessing oppressive state practices and direct threats towards civil society activists? Do these events directly impact one or more Voice target groups? Is there a time-bound opportunity to influence policy on criminalisation, marginalisation, discrimination, and/or exclusion? Is there a national opportunity for strategic advocacy or litigation, online and offline protests, coordination of collective action that can lead to change in legal decision, policy/laws, a shift in public attitudes and practices? Will this collective action challenge discrimination, promote equal access and opportunities, enhance social well-being or development? If you answered yes to the questions above, apply for a Sudden Opportunity Grant to reclaim and advance civic space in Kenya!

Sudden opportunities can vary greatly, depending on the situation. They can however, be described through the common elements they share.

  • Sudden: These are unexpected moments, which happen without any warning. They could be a policy direction change for the government, a shift in public opinion, or a new court ruling with deep policy implications.
  • Collective Action: These are unexpected moments that require collective action. They require a response not just from one group but from several organizations such as a coalition, a consortium, or a network.
  • Immediate: These unexpected moments require immediate action. They temporarily create the right set of circumstances for making a change possible. The moment will eventually pass and the opportunity to make a change is lost.

Impact Areas

  • Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment
  • Improved access to social services, health and education in particular
  • Space for political participation

Grant Information

This grant is available from Euro 5,000 to Euro 200,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months.

Target Groups

  • Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.
  • Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
  • People living with disabilities
  • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications are being accepted from a coalition, network or consortia with participation of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, faith leaders, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals who jointly and collectively seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights as well as the realisation of economic and social well-being of the Voice target groups.
  • The coalition, network or consortia must be target group-led.
  • The applicant/lead-applicant (where application is by a consortium) registered as a local entity in Kenya with a bank account in its own name.
  • The applicant (or all applicants, where application is by a consortium) recognises the core values of Voice being the equal rights for every human being regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, social class and age.

How to Apply

Take the eligibility test available on the given website.

Eligible Country: Kenya

For more information, please visit Sudden Opportunity Grant.

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