UHAI Grants for Africa

‘UHAI’: the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (EASHRI) is a new grant making initiative which aims to provide flexible, accessible resources to support civil society activism around issues of sexuality, health and human rights in the East African region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi).

It has a particular focus on the rights of sexual minorities.

Twice a year, at the end of January and the end of July, ‘UHAI’ will issue a call for proposals for ‘peer grants’.

However, throughout the year we will accept proposals for unplanned and unforeseen activities called ‘opportunity grants’.

This Call for Proposals is seeking applicants for ‘peer grants’. These grants will be awarded on a biannual basis in an open and competitive process and will be funding organizations and programmes engaged in the following areas of work:

  • Policy and legal advocacy: activities challenging discriminatory law and policies and responding to human rights violations through grants for documentation, strategic litigation, research and alliance building in human rights, HIV/AIDS and faith sectors.
  • Rights based service delivery: developing inclusive health and legal services for sexual minorities through grants for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment activities and services, sexual health services and sexuality education, as well as legal aid.
  • Strengthening institutions: activities and programmes that build organizational skills and systems; sustaining activism through grants for activist exchange visits and internships; human rights defenders initiatives; core funding and seeding networks and coalitions.
  • Media and culture transforming public opinion and social attitudes through grants for media training, engaging religious institutions, film festivals and so forth.
  • Income generating initiatives: social enterprise and wealth generating activities that provide demonstrable benefit to the sexual minority community (not just an individual!)
  • Additional areas for grant making: sustaining activism (such as wellness and care of activists, including therapy, group counseling, safe houses, etc.)

    ‘UHAI’ is eager to receive interesting, new and innovative proposals from the sexual minority community and its allies in East Africa. As such, you should not feel limited to submitting proposals for the activities listed above! Be innovative!

    There are two types of grants being awarded in this first round of funding under the peer grants scheme.

    The first is the ‘Msingi’ grant which is intended to support new work and new organizations, and larger organizations to undertake new work or one off projects. The maximum award under this grant is $2,000.

    The second grant available is the ‘Tujenge’ grant for organizations and programmes developing and strengthening existing work or initiating larger activities. The maximum award under this grant is $10,000.

    Postal address to send proposals:

    EASHRI Proposals,

    c/o Akiba Uhaki, P.O. Box 27611, 00100, Nairobi. Kenya.

    Email address to submit proposals: eashri@akibauhaki.org

    For more information and application, see: UHAI Grants