Kenya Community Development Foundation – Open Grant Call for Proposals

The Open grant fund is a competitive grant scheme for Community Based Organizations and other qualified civil society organizations. The fund aims to enhance community participation, strengthen capacity of civil society organizations, enhance livelihood opportunities and influence policy.

Special focus shall be made on innovative projects likely to register reasonable impact and those promoting the wellbeing of targeted communities. This grant is open to all qualified organizations in Kenya.

Grants of between KES 500,000 and 2,000,000 will be awarded.

Read More


The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Borderlands: Call For Proposals

The modern national border is a European invention that has been exported around the globe, providing a ready source of conflict and bloodshed. In Africa and the Middle East, borders drawn by imperial hands no longer make sense–they are wars waiting to happen. The Korean DMZ has outlived the Cold War as a nuclear flashpoint. Even in relatively peaceful and stable parts of the world, borders remain problematic. Think Kosovo, where Europe’s newest hostile border has been drawn. Or the US-Mexico border.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is partnering with Foreign Policy magazine to commission a series of reports on borderlands, culminating in the publication of three e-books on the topic. The Foreign Policy reports and e-books will be a core part of a broader Pulitzer Center initiative addressing this topic on multiple media platforms and with a variety of approaches. The Pulitzer Center is offering a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses for each of the three e-book projects, which will be selected and edited by Foreign Policy. The Pulitzer Center will serve as consultant and will promote further discussion of these topics through our Campus Consortium and Global Gateway outreach programs.

For the e-books project, the Pulitzer Center are looking for experienced writers who can deliver rich narrative and thoughtful analysis on how borders shape the way people in various parts of the world experience their lives. The reporting should focus on one border or one region. Proposals of no more than 500 words and a travel budget should be submitted online to or by Feb. 6th.

Rising Voices Call for Proposals for Citizen Media Outreach

A major part of Rising Voices’ mission to support and nurture underrepresented communities so that they can begin to take full advantage of participatory digital media tools. Since 2007 microgrants for citizen media outreach projects have provides an opportunity for individuals, grassroots groups, networks, and other organizations without significant access to larger funding to be able to pass along knowledge by teaching others in their community in the use of these tools, as well as to provide ongoing support.

Rising Voices has announced the 2012 open call for microgrant proposals, and are currently accepting project proposals for funding up to $4,000 USD for global projects.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

This funding opportunity is open to private individuals, groups, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Partnerships between individuals and organisations are encouraged. For example, if an NGO does not have experienced citizen media trainers on staff, it would be extremely important that it seeks collaboration with the local blogging community to find the right trainer(s) with the necessary skills. Individual applicants might also find it highly beneficial to partner with organizations from the communities they plan to serve in order to strengthen the project’s impact and to have access to potential project participants.

There is no requirement for an organization to be legally registered, but we do require selected projects to have access to a bank account that is able to receive international bank transfers.

Learn more  >>>

Commonwealth Foundation Call For Proposals to create an e-learning Civic Education Course

The Commonwealth Foundation is currently inviting proposals from organizations with expertise in e-learning and adult education to apply to create an e-learning course on civic education for use across the Commonwealth.

This project will require the successful applicant to work closely with Commonwealth Foundation Civil Society program staff and global partners in creating and delivering e-learning modules which can be utilized in formal and non formal settings, in both urban and rural environments across the 54 countries of the Commonwealth.

Objectives of the Project

  • Translate a published civic education guide into an educational e-learning resource, which is interactive and engaging;
  • Develop modules which can be utilized both online and offline;
  • Can be updated, added to and modified as necessary by Commonwealth Foundation staff, (this may include the development of a short guide or training for staff on operating the system);
  • Work alongside the Commonwealth Foundation and partners to develop a course which has resonance across the Commonwealth countries.

Target Audience

  • National umbrella organizations
  • Training providers
  • Commonwealth Associations

Project Approach

It is expected that the organizations recruited will work in close collaboration and participation with the Foundation and with one another throughout the development and delivery of the end products.

The initial phase of this project will be the revision of the Civic Education Guide. The Commonwealth Foundation will recruit an organization, through a separate process, to undertake this work. The successful organization will analyze, research, and revise the current CEAL Guide. It is expected that the successful organization will draw on the knowledge, experiences and case studies from civil education across the globe.

Upon completion of this phase of work the revised guide will be submitted to an ICT organization recruited by the Commonwealth Foundation with a strong track record of developing e-learning courses for adult learners. The successful organization will convert the revised guide into an e-learning course. The Commonwealth Foundation will also print the revised guide for dissemination to partners.

The final phase of this project will be piloting the e-learning modules. The Commonwealth Foundation will publish and disseminate the revised civic education guide and in conjunction with the successful applicant, the Foundation will work with a network of partners, to validate the e learning course and guide.

Note: The chronology of the four phases (i) revision, ii) e-learning, iii) piloting and iv) dissemination is liable to some amendment based on the applications and recommendations made by partner organizations.

Last date for submission of applications is January 13th 2012

For more information, visit

Public Library Innovation Programme – Call for Proposals

Grants available to innovative libraries in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda

Please apply if you wish to use information and communication technologies to spark new services that change and improve lives and livelihoods in your community.

Grant maximum: US$15,000
Implementation period: 12 months
Application deadline: January 31st 2012

Aim of the grant invitation

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP) encourages libraries to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to expand their services to contribute to community development and improve people’s lives.

Who is eligible to apply?

This invitation is open to public and community libraries in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.
A public or community library is a library that is open to the general public and that makes all kinds of knowledge and information freely available to the public.

Libraries are encouraged to apply in partnership with other ICT for development organizations that provide information services in the areas of health, agriculture, supporting youth and children at risk, employment and entrepreneurship/small business. However the library must be the lead partner and the grant applicant.

Read more

All Children Reading Competition – Call for Proposals

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and World Vision are inviting grant proposals from interested organizations for innovative programs with potential to improve reading skills and low literacy rates among primary grade children.

Through a multi-year initiative called ‘All Children Reading – A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR)’, the Founding Partners have plans to collaborate to achieve the goal of global action to improve child literacy.


The All Children Reading Competition aims to encourage innovative thinking and design to bring new knowledge to the challenge of improving primary grade reading rapidly and at scale in certain countries. Applications from and relating to low- and lower-middle income countries are particularly encouraged.

Read more

Kenya Community Development Foundation – Call for Proposals

The Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) has issued this call for proposals for open grants targeting innovative community driven projects or initiatives seeking to address social justice and poverty challenges in a sustainable way in Kenya.

Civil society organizations in Kenya working with communities across all sectors can apply for this grant opportunity. The grants are managed by KCDF, a public community foundation based in Kenya supporting community development since 1997 and has been made possible through financial support from Comic Relief.


Read more