GRANTS

UHAI EASHRI is a flexible fund that resources organising by sexual and gender minorities and sex workers. We encourage concepts and ideas that will advance these movements with outcomes whose impact will be felt long after the grant has ended. Startups and established organisations are encouraged to apply.

GRANT TYPES

GRANT TYPES

UHAI’s grants are decided by local activists from within the sexual and gender minorities and sex worker movements.

In response to movement needs, UHAI awards Peer Grants through a once-a-year call and Opportunity, Strategic and Capacity Support Grants on a rolling basis.

PEER GRANTS

PEER GRANTS

Who Decides

At least half of all UHAI EASHRI grants are awarded by activists who live the human rights struggle through the Peer Grants process. We award Peer Grants once a year through an open, competitive and participatory process determined by the Peer Grants Committee [PGC] who are thirteen [13] activists nominated from Eastern African sex workers and sexual and gender minorities movements to represent the region’s diversity.

Since 2009, UHAI EASHRI has had 13 rounds of Peer Grants and made a number of grants that have been awarded by the PGC.

Msingi grants (Upto $5,000)

These are 1-year foundational seed grants aimed at initiating new work and/or supporting small-scale initiatives. Msingi grants are available to both previously supported and organisations that have never been funder by UHAI in the past.

Tujenge grants (upto $15,000)

These are 1-year grants intended to initiate new or contribute to ongoing programmes, and/or cover the core support costs of developing organisations.

Imarisha grants (Upto $50,000)

These are 2-year core operational support grants allocated at a maximum of $25,000 per year. They are geared towards consolidating and sustaining organisations with long-term and large-scale activities. UHAI EASHRI created Imarisha Grants in response to feedback from our grantee partners that, while many funders could support activities, few funders were willing to support the core and operational costs of the work of organisations. These grants are purely for core support to the organisation.

Opportunity and Strategic and Capacity Support Grants

Opportunity and Strategic and Capacity Support Grants

These grants are accessible throughout the year and are more flexible in amount and duration. Opportunity, strategic and capacity support grants are considered by the Secretariat Grants Committee [SGC] that is composed of UHAI EASHRI staff, and approved by the UHAI EASHRI Executive Co-Directors.

Organisations may request for Opportunity, Strategic and Capacity Support Grants, and UHAI may invite requests as well.

Strategic Grants

Strategic grants are targeted, non-competitive grants that establish partnerships with institutions in support of work that is larger in context and impact than would be possible through the Peer Grants process. Strategic grants are flexible in amount and duration.

Opportunity Grants

Opportunity Grants provide emergency assistance for security, protection, urgent advocacy and litigation, and other immediate events that may not be expected in an organisation’s work-plan. These are not direct assistance grants for individuals because we do not support individuals; but we support organisations that may in turn support individuals.

Capacity Support Grants

Capacity Support Grants provide resources for but not limited to skills development in leadership, organising and tailor-made institutional development needs to strengthen systems, structures and processes towards technical capacities such as institutional development, Board or Staff development, and non-technical capacities such as peer learning and networking. Capacity Support grants are also made all year round and are flexible in duration but have an upper limit of USD 5,000.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER

UHAI EASHRI prioritises funding to civil society organisations led and managed by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities, but we also consider requests from mainstream organisations that demonstrate meaningful engagement of our communities in decision-making, and whose programmes have a direct, large-scale impact on our movements.

FAQ's

UHAI EASHRI prioritises funding to civil society organisations led and managed by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities, but we also consider requests from mainstream organisations that demonstrate meaningful engagement of our communities in decision-making, and whose programmes have a direct, large-scale impact on our movements.

  • If my proposal is successful, when can my organisation expect to receive funds?

    If your application is successful and you have furnished us with all the necessary application documents, you will receive funds within two weeks after you have signed the grant documents that our grants administration department will send to you for contracting purposes. Ensure that we have the proper and correct organisational email addresses for correspondence.

  • Is UHAI EASHRI’s granting thematic?

    No. UHAI EASHRI is flexible and responsive. We do not pre-determine our funding priorities. We fund in response to the current needs identified from time to time by our movements in their various requests for support. We remain open to funding a diverse range of work in response to the diversity of requests emerging from our movements.

  • Can individuals apply?

    No. UHAI EASHRI only supports organisations. However, if as an individual you have an innovative idea, we strongly urge you to join or collaborate with an existing organisation.

  • Can an organisation that is not registered apply?

    Yes. We support unregistered organisations through fiscal hosts that they select for themselves. We are also available to help unregistered organisations identify an ideal fiscal host. A fiscal host must have previously been a grantee partner of UHAI EASHRI, and their reporting and accounting for our support to them must be up to date.