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  • Grant

    Empowerment Grant

  • Target Groups

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


  • Grant amount

    5.000 - 25.000

    Closing date

    01 Oct 2017

Targeting (informal) groups or organisations to raise awareness, develop transformative leadership, build confidence and skills and work against stigmatisation of marginalised and discriminated groups. Empowerment grants are smaller grants with a maximum timeframe of 24 months. Informal groups can access funding by partnering with a formal ‘host’ organisation. In Kenya, empowerment grants are available from €5,000 up to €25,000 on a rolling basis.
Empowerment of excluded groups and individuals involves the redistribution of power, so that it accumulates in the hands of marginalised and discriminated groups in society. They must have the confidence to engage and interact with each other as well as in public, and build mutual trust while acknowledging their differences.
The Empowerment grant is targeting (informal) groups or organisations, mainly of the Voice target group, to build, strengthen and enhance their capacity of lobby and advocacy. The Voice target groups and their organisations need to be in the driving seat, whether leading on their own, with allies, or exploring and co-creating solutions with those in power.

Before applying for this grant, please read the following materials carefully: 

And download the following:

Application form

Once completed, these documents need to be uploaded through our online application system. Only completed applications will be reviewed for which our templates need to be used. Please note that the maximum file size of uploaded documents is 10.0 MB. If you have problems uploading please submit the project proposal to Please note this last option only applies to Empowerment Grants.

Empowerment grants can be submitted at any time but please note that review cycles will take place starting 1 June 2017 and 1 October 2017. This means anything submitted before that date will be reviewed as part of that review cycle, anything after will be reviewed during the next cycle.

When will funding decision be made?

All applications will be reviewed and communicated before 15th of July 2017 for the first review cycle and 15th of November 2017 for the second one.

What if you have questions about the process?

Questions about this grant and other open grants may be submitted by email or during outreach sessions. The questions will be anonymised and published with answers on the internet where appropriate. Questions can be submitted by email to: Answers will be updated on the website on a regular basis.

Information sessions have been organised to ensure that potential applicants are well furnished with useful information on the application process as well as on the creative formats that could be used for application. Please sign up by sending an email to The dates and venues are as follows:

Date Venue Interest group/Topic
May 12th 2017 Kajiado/Narok  (TBD) Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence
May 24/25th 2017 Kakamega/Vihiga/Homa Bay (TBD) Children, and the Elderly