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  • Empowerment Grant

  • Target Groups

    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
    • Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly
    • People living with disabilities


  • Grant amount

    5.000-25.000 Euro

    Project duration

    12 - 24 Months

    Closing date

    01 Oct 2018
  • About

    We believe that power needs to be redistributed into the hands of marginalised and discriminated groups in Kenya, allowing them to be empowered, accepted and participate fully in development.

    Do you hold the same believe as we do? Are you an emerging and/or informal group that is led by one of Voice’s target groups? Do you want to work on leadership and/or increasing confidence of and within your group members to work against stigmatisation of marginalised and discriminated groups? Do you have and/or wish to implement home-grown strategies in mobilising key state agencies at national and sub-county level to promote a positive image of your members and fight discrimination?

    If you answered “yes” to the questions above, then consider applying to this grant!


    What are we looking to fund?

    Proposals with “out of the box” project ideas that focus on the following target groups:

    (i) Age discriminated vulnerable groups notably the young and elderly,

    (ii) Persons with disabilities, and

    (iii) Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender, intersex (LGBTI) people.

    Often the most marginalised and discriminated are those who may be vulnerable due to multiple reasons. Therefore, we have a strong preference for projects that intend to work with more than one target group to address overlapping vulnerabilities.

    Your project can look at any or all of the following themes:

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

    Empowerment Grants have a minimum of 12 months and a maximum duration of 24 months with a budget ranging from EUR 5,000 to EUR 25,000.


    Where do we wish to fund?

    Voice Kenya wishes to consolidate its work and will only fund projects that will be implemented in the following counties that are still unreached and inadequately served; Garissa, Wajir, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kwale, Kilifi & Tana River.


    Who do we wish to fund?

    We are accepting proposals from small and/or emerging informal groups where the Voice target groups and their organisations are in the driving seat, whether leading on their own, with allies, or exploring and co-creating solutions with others. International as well as national organisations cannot be lead applicants but can team up as a co-applicant in the case of consortium applications.

    Preference will be given to Voice target groups still underrepresented by current grantees.

  • How to apply?

    We ask that you review the Grant Manual before submitting an application.

    If after reading the manual you believe you are eligible and interested in applying, please complete the following application form.

    Only completed applications will be reviewed for which our templates need to be used and submitted via the online application system.  Voice encourages applicants to utilise different formats; audio and visual applications are encouraged, using the questions in the application form as a guidance.

    Applications can be submitted at any time but please note that review cycles will take place starting 1 June 2018 and 1 October 2018. 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 decisions will be communicated to all applicants six weeks after the start of the review cycles. For exact dates please review the Grant Manual.

    Do you have any Questions?

    Questions about applying for a Voice grant may be submitted by email or during consultative sessions. Before doing so we urge you to review the Frequently Asked Questions via to see whether your question has already been responded to. If it has not please contact We will strive to give a quick response and if relevant will also upload your question to the website.

    Voice Kenya will be holding information sessions on 26th -29th March  from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 23rd  – 27th April – 1.30 pm to 2.30pm at Hivos EA , ACS Plaza, Lenana Road. That will be another opportunity to raise questions and share your ideas!