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    Empowerment Grant

  • Target Groups

    • Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.
    • Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly
    • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence
    • People living with disabilities


  • Grant amount

    EUR 5.000 - 25.000

    Project duration

    12 - 24 Months

    Closing date

    15 Mar 2018
  • About

    Targeting (informal) groups or organisations to raise awareness, develop transformative leadership, build skills and confidence of the Voice targe groups. Empowerment grants are small grants with a maximum timeframe of 24 months. Informal groups can access funding by partnering with a formal ‘host’ organisations. In Uganda, empowerment grants are available from €5,000 up to €25,000.

    Empowerment grants focus on the redistribution of power for marginalised and discriminated groups in society. It aims at building confidence in order to engage and interact with each other as well as in public, and build mutual trust while acknowledging their differences. In Uganda, demographic surveys indicate that Eastern Uganda (particularly Karamoja sub-region), Northern Uganda (particularly Acholi and Lango sub-regions) and West Nile sub-regions are the most marginalised areas and therefore we shall ONLY accept applications from groups and/or organisations from and/or working in those regions. Furthermore, only local organisations and groups whose annual budgets are not more than €50,000 are eligible to apply.

    Empowerment grants are targeting (informal) groups or organisations led by the following Voice target groups:

    • Persons living with disabilities
    • Indigenous people and/or ethnic minorities
    • Age-discriminated vulnerable groups especially youth
    • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence

    The overall aim is to strengthen and enhance their capacity to lobby and advocacy. The target groups need to be in the driver’s seat, whether leading on their own, with allies, or exploring and co-creating solutions with those in power. Preference will be given to local groups, community groups or organisations.

    What do we fund?

    This grant will support activities aimed at, amongst others:

    • Building the capacity of the target groups or organisations that work with/for them such as through institutional strengthening of their organisations. Applications for capacity building must provide clear sustainability plans.
    • Supporting initiatives to build self-confidence among indigenous groups especially those that have been pushed away or affected by war or draught or other reasons.
    • Facilitating transformative leadership among members of the target groups at community level.
    • Bridging gender gaps and power differences and other imbalances that affect the target groups at grassroots level.
    • Empowering the target beneficiaries with information about their rights, opportunities, safe spaces, and linkages that can advance their access to justice, resources, or political participation.
  • How to apply?
    • Is your organisation target-led by one of the above-mentioned target groups?
    • Are you working in Karamoja, Acholi, Lango or West Nile region?
    • Is your organisation’s or group’s annual budget smaller than Euro 50,000?

    If you answered yes to the above questions we encourage you to apply!

    For further guidance, we encourage you to read the Grant Manual for Uganda (version August 2017) and complete the application form.

    Once the application is completed, upload it with the required attachments through the online application system. Only completed applications will be reviewed.  Alternatively, if you have problems submitting your application through the online system you can do so through email by scanning the completed application form and the required attachments to: Please note that the maximum file size of documents sent by email is 10.0 MB.

    Applications for the Empowerment grants can be submitted at any time but Voice in Uganda organises two review cycles per year.  The next review cycle for will consider applications received before 15th March 2018 (23.59 PM EAT). In 2018 Voice Uganda will organise two review cycles as listed in the Grant Manual.

    When will funding decision be made?

    All applications for the review cycle for 2017 will be reviewed and decisions communicated by 23th of April  2018.

    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. We also strongly encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions containing a wealth of information on eligibility, budgets and assessment process. If your question hasn’t been responded to please write the