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Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA): Call for Applications

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 17, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2022
Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) logo
Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) logo

The Open Society Foundations' Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) aims to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable.

OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work.

The Foundation supports initiatives with a demonstrated capacity to positively transform society in innovative ways that embrace inclusiveness and diversity.

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa does not fund travel to attend conferences, seminars or workshops.

The Foundation also do not provide scholarships for individual studies.

OSIEA’s philosophy is that communities are best placed to speak for themselves.

Accordingly, the bulk of OSIEA’s funds are given in form of grants to empower communities to speak in their own voices. OSIEA is a flexible grant maker that uses a wide range of grant making approaches and modalities.

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Applicants must:
1. Be national or regional organizations / initiatives.
2. Be individuals, organizations, coalitions, movements and government agencies-that promote rights-based change in Eastern Africa;
3. Focus on the six countries in which we work:
• Kenya,
• Uganda,
• Tanzania,
• Rwanda,
• Sudan and
• South Sudan.

OSIEA prioritizes grants to local national or regional organizations. In exceptional cases, OSIEA funds international organizations when they have a unique contribution to make to the Eastern Africa region or they are actively transferring knowledge or skills to in-country actors.

OSIEA supports projects in the following programmatic areas:
a) Democratic governance and rule of law;
b) Economic governance;
c) Health and rights;
d) Equality and non-discrimination.

Grant seekers should carefully review our program priorities on our webpage to better know what we fund under each of the focus areas.

To apply, download and complete the grants application concept and submit it by e-mail.

The submission of the concept does not guarantee funding.

The concept note will be reviewed and should it be accepted, you will be requested to submit a proposal that might be considered for funding. If you do not receive feedback within a month after submitting your concept note, please consider your bid unsuccessful.

Deadline: rolling (continuous) basis.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 17
Oct 17

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 18
Oct 18

Thanks, Ana.