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    Kenya is in dire and urgent need of a comprehensive public civic education program with regards to ongoing political developments.  An examination of the conversations and engagements in the mainstream and social media platforms reveals that the level of civic awareness and engagement is becoming more restricted and undermined across all sections of the Kenyan citizenry. The available civic education is politically subjective and geared towards convincing the masses to vote for one side or other on the basis of political considerations. Opportunities for civic engagement are met with unnecessary force. In this case, there is an urgent need for objective and inclusive civic engagements to enable Kenyans to make informed choices. 

    Are you concerned about the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020? Can you reimagine objective inclusive civic education that will ensure citizens decisions and choices are informed? What innovative approaches do you wish to use to increase the political participation of Kenyan Voice rightsholder groups? Can you conceptualise a national opportunity for strategic advocacy, different modes of civic engagement, or coordination of collective action that can lead to an active informed citizenry? 

    If your answer is yes to any of the questions above, apply for this Sudden Opportunity Grant to promote collective action by rightsholders to foster active citizenry and reimagine civic engagement in the current political context. 

    What do we wish to fund? 

    Voice Kenya will prioritise collaborations among organisations led by or representing marginalised communities and those bringing expertise on effective political participation and increasing civic education. We will have preference for projects that are truly committed to putting Voice rightsholders in the lead. 

    Priority is given to applications led by organisations that work on, for, and/or with the following rightsholder groups: 

    • Vulnerable elderly and young people 
    • Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities 
    • LGBTI people 
    • People with disabilities 
    • Women facing exploitation, abuse, and/or violence 

    Intersectionality is at the very heart of Voice. Therefore, we have a strong preference for selecting projects that intend to work with more than one of the Voice rightsholder groups to address overlapping or cross-cutting challenges and promote inter-and/or intra-group solidarity. For more ideas on what issues Voice prioritises, please read the Kenya Context Analysis summary. The full report will be made available upon request. 

    Here are examples of Sudden Opportunities projects that may inspire your actions. 

    • The High Court decision on The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) will be appealed. Are Kenyans informed and ready for a referendum vote? 
    • New digital identity and population registry that threatens to restrict access to services, to increase data protection risks and to exclude communities facing discrimination in access to documentation; 
    • The worrying phenomenon of  shrinking civic space that restricts  citizens from their freedom to assemble to criticise the government; 
    • You can also have a look at other ideas that have been supported by Voice under this grant type for inspiration. 

    This grant is available for up to Euro 100,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months. Additionally, Sudden Opportunity grants are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time from the date the Call for Proposal announcement is made. 

    Who do we wish to fund? 

    Coalition, network or consortia with the participation of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, journalists, bloggers, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals who identify and agree with the reimagining civic education, or jointly and collectively seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights of Voice rightsholder groups. It is important to note that the lead applicant must be a locally registered Kenyan organisation but that the action needs to be a collective one.  

    What we won’t fund: 

    • Organisations with an annual turnover of over €2 million.  
    • An application where the grant awarded from Voice is more than 50% of the total annual income of the applicant organisation 
    • The way to calculate this is to divide the requested amount by the number of years the project will be implemented. The result will then be divided by the annual income. 
    • If the result of this calculation is over 50% you can either reduce the requested amount or team up as part of a consortium where you can add up the annual incomes. 
    • Funding of commercial services, investment or other commercial activities.  

    Practising the Values of Voice 

    Voice believes in the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us. In practice, this means Voice rightsholder groups need to be at the centre of any effort. They must be involved in the conceptualisation, planning, and implementation of any grant. They are equal partners in any consortium, network, or coalition, playing key governance and leadership roles. 

    Linking and Learning 

    Linking and Learning is at the heart and soul of Voice. All grantees are expected to participate in facilitated meetings and gatherings enabling the exchange of ideas and learnings from each other’s experiences. Applicants must demonstrate in their proposals how they will identify, document, and share their learnings as they implement their project. These may come in many forms such as blog posts, videos, photo essay or audio recordings. 

     

    • About

      Kenya is in dire and urgent need of a comprehensive public civic education program with regards to ongoing political developments.  An examination of the conversations and engagements in the mainstream and social media platforms reveals that the level of civic awareness and engagement is becoming more restricted and undermined across all sections of the Kenyan citizenry. The available civic education is politically subjective and geared towards convincing the masses to vote for one side or other on the basis of political considerations. Opportunities for civic engagement are met with unnecessary force. In this case, there is an urgent need for objective and inclusive civic engagements to enable Kenyans to make informed choices. 

      Are you concerned about the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020? Can you reimagine objective inclusive civic education that will ensure citizens decisions and choices are informed? What innovative approaches do you wish to use to increase the political participation of Kenyan Voice rightsholder groups? Can you conceptualise a national opportunity for strategic advocacy, different modes of civic engagement, or coordination of collective action that can lead to an active informed citizenry? 

      If your answer is yes to any of the questions above, apply for this Sudden Opportunity Grant to promote collective action by rightsholders to foster active citizenry and reimagine civic engagement in the current political context. 

      What do we wish to fund? 

      Voice Kenya will prioritise collaborations among organisations led by or representing marginalised communities and those bringing expertise on effective political participation and increasing civic education. We will have preference for projects that are truly committed to putting Voice rightsholders in the lead. 

      Priority is given to applications led by organisations that work on, for, and/or with the following rightsholder groups: 

      • Vulnerable elderly and young people 
      • Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities 
      • LGBTI people 
      • People with disabilities 
      • Women facing exploitation, abuse, and/or violence 

      Intersectionality is at the very heart of Voice. Therefore, we have a strong preference for selecting projects that intend to work with more than one of the Voice rightsholder groups to address overlapping or cross-cutting challenges and promote inter-and/or intra-group solidarity. For more ideas on what issues Voice prioritises, please read the Kenya Context Analysis summary. The full report will be made available upon request. 

      Here are examples of Sudden Opportunities projects that may inspire your actions. 

      • The High Court decision on The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) will be appealed. Are Kenyans informed and ready for a referendum vote? 
      • New digital identity and population registry that threatens to restrict access to services, to increase data protection risks and to exclude communities facing discrimination in access to documentation; 
      • The worrying phenomenon of  shrinking civic space that restricts  citizens from their freedom to assemble to criticise the government; 
      • You can also have a look at other ideas that have been supported by Voice under this grant type for inspiration. 

      This grant is available for up to Euro 100,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months. Additionally, Sudden Opportunity grants are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time from the date the Call for Proposal announcement is made. 

      Who do we wish to fund? 

      Coalition, network or consortia with the participation of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, journalists, bloggers, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals who identify and agree with the reimagining civic education, or jointly and collectively seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights of Voice rightsholder groups. It is important to note that the lead applicant must be a locally registered Kenyan organisation but that the action needs to be a collective one.  

      What we won’t fund: 

      • Organisations with an annual turnover of over €2 million.  
      • An application where the grant awarded from Voice is more than 50% of the total annual income of the applicant organisation 
      • The way to calculate this is to divide the requested amount by the number of years the project will be implemented. The result will then be divided by the annual income. 
      • If the result of this calculation is over 50% you can either reduce the requested amount or team up as part of a consortium where you can add up the annual incomes. 
      • Funding of commercial services, investment or other commercial activities.  

      Practising the Values of Voice 

      Voice believes in the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us. In practice, this means Voice rightsholder groups need to be at the centre of any effort. They must be involved in the conceptualisation, planning, and implementation of any grant. They are equal partners in any consortium, network, or coalition, playing key governance and leadership roles. 

      Linking and Learning 

      Linking and Learning is at the heart and soul of Voice. All grantees are expected to participate in facilitated meetings and gatherings enabling the exchange of ideas and learnings from each other’s experiences. Applicants must demonstrate in their proposals how they will identify, document, and share their learnings as they implement their project. These may come in many forms such as blog posts, videos, photo essay or audio recordings. 

       

    • How to apply?

      How to Apply

      Please follow these steps: 

      1. Read thoroughly the  Grant Manual for more information on the granting process in Kenya. 
      2. Take the eligibility test available on the next tab to assess whether you are eligible. 
      3. If you have passed the eligibility test, proceed to submit your idea simply by completing the following Online Application Form to describe your collective action. You can submit your idea anytime between now until 31st Dec 2021. Sudden Opportunity grants are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time from the date the Call for Proposal announcement is made.
      4. If the collective action meets the criteria of the grant, Voice in Kenya will contact you to discuss further and send you an application form and a budget template to complete.  
      5. If you do not receive any response from Voice after two weeks from the date of submission, then it means that Voice will not be proceeding with your application. 
      6. We aim to take decisions within 2 weeks after submission of the full application. Projects that are rewarded with funding must be implemented within 6 -12 months after approval of the application.  

      Please take note that within the review period, Voice might ask you to submit additional documents as follows: 

      1. Copy of registration certificate
      2. Organizational Profile
      3. Financial Reports for the past 2 years
      4. Audit Reports for the past 2 years
      5. Proof of bank account
      6. Operational Manual / SOPs
      7. Minutes of last 2 Board meetings

      Do you have any Questions?  

      You are advised to read the Frequently Asked Questions found on the Voice website: https://www.voice.global/f-a-q/ to see whether your question has already been responded to. However, if you still have further questions, you can contact us through the email: Kenya@voice.global 

       

    • Eligibility Test

  • How to apply?

    How to Apply

    Please follow these steps: 

    1. Read thoroughly the  Grant Manual for more information on the granting process in Kenya. 
    2. Take the eligibility test available on the next tab to assess whether you are eligible. 
    3. If you have passed the eligibility test, proceed to submit your idea simply by completing the following Online Application Form to describe your collective action. You can submit your idea anytime between now until 31st Dec 2021. Sudden Opportunity grants are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time from the date the Call for Proposal announcement is made.
    4. If the collective action meets the criteria of the grant, Voice in Kenya will contact you to discuss further and send you an application form and a budget template to complete.  
    5. If you do not receive any response from Voice after two weeks from the date of submission, then it means that Voice will not be proceeding with your application. 
    6. We aim to take decisions within 2 weeks after submission of the full application. Projects that are rewarded with funding must be implemented within 6 -12 months after approval of the application.  

    Please take note that within the review period, Voice might ask you to submit additional documents as follows: 

    1. Copy of registration certificate
    2. Organizational Profile
    3. Financial Reports for the past 2 years
    4. Audit Reports for the past 2 years
    5. Proof of bank account
    6. Operational Manual / SOPs
    7. Minutes of last 2 Board meetings

    Do you have any Questions?  

    You are advised to read the Frequently Asked Questions found on the Voice website: https://www.voice.global/f-a-q/ to see whether your question has already been responded to. However, if you still have further questions, you can contact us through the email: Kenya@voice.global 

     

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