Proact: Call for Proposals Kenya Innovation Grants (Isiolo, Kwale and Nakuru)

March 14, 2021
Preferred Start Date:
April 1, 2021
Isiolo, Kwale or Nakuru County
Contract Type:
Contract Amount:
Up to 20,000 USD

PROACT is a multi-phased prevention programme in Kwale, Nakuru and Isiolo counties of Kenya that is empowering, enabling, and equipping county officials, national government stakeholders and civil society organizations with the tools and know-how to collaboratively stem hate, polarization, and extremism in the communities. PROACT is driven by global best practice but rooted in the diverse environments of communities across the Kenyan landscape. It draws heavily from the Strong Cities Network (SCN) ‘local prevention network’ models to ensure community-based interventions are multi-faceted and rooted in human rights-based frameworks.

PROACT supports Kenya’s preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) efforts by supporting County Action Plan (CAP) implementation through the provision of grants to civil society organisations, the development of tools and training materials and learning exchanges. ISD and partners undertook a CAP assessment in each of the project locations (Isiolo, Kwale and Nakuru) to understand how to further strengthen CAP implementation and determine key implementation gaps. This call for proposals seeks to fill the gaps identified.

ISD is seeking to fund three local civil society or grassroots organisations to carry out small but meaningful projects which support the implementation of some elements of the CAPs in PROACT counties (Isiolo, Kwale and Nakuru). Projects are expected to take place over 12 months from 1 April 2021 and be worth a maximum total of 20,000 USD. ISD is particularly interested in funding promising and vibrant grassroots organisations who work directly with communities and have existing experience of partnerships with local government officials of their chosen county.

The project must address one of the following objectives in one of the three eligible counties. ISD may consider proposals for P/CVE projects which do not meet the objectives; however, a strong preference will be given to projects which address one of the objectives. Proposals should reference the CAP of the county in which they are seeking to implement the project.

  1. Equipping and empowering non-mainstream voices that work with at-risk or vulnerable groups to deliver alternative narratives in Isiolo, Kwale or Nakuru County.
  2. Innovative ideas to address violent extremism, hate and/or polarization through arts or sports in Isiolo, Kwale or Nakuru County.
  3. Supporting formal and/or informal education providers with understanding and responding to radicalisation in Isiolo, Kwale or Nakuru County.
  4. Cohesive or trust building initiatives between at-risk or vulnerable groups and law enforcement officials in Isiolo, Kwale or Nakuru County.

ISD reserves the right to award multiple or none of the completed applications submitted. Grants will be awarded in conjecture with quality, as evaluated through the criteria listed in the Call for Proposal, and perceived needs of the county.

  • Eligible Organisations: Civil society or grassroots organisations registered in Isiolo, Kwale or Nakuru County
  • Location: Isiolo, Kwale or Nakuru County
  • Budget: Up to a maximum of 20,000 USD
  • Deadline for Submission: 14 Mar 2021
  • Period: 01 Apr 2021 – 31 Mar 2022
  • Start Date: 01 April 2021

Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically in English and include the following documents.

There is no need to submit any other documents, supplementary attachments will not be reviewed by the evaluation team. Hand-written applications will not be accepted. Application forms and budgets must be submitted to [email protected] before 1700 GMT on 14th March 2021.

PDF with full details for download available here

ISD reserves the right to reject any and all proposals submitted and to request additional information from all proposers. ISD reserves the right to appoint before the closing date.
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