Call for Applications: Voices Uganda Sudden Opportunity and Empowerment Grant


Through this Sudden Opportunity grant, Voice in Uganda is calling on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to undertake a collective action to address specific anticipated threats to marginalised and discriminated groups such as women at risk of exploitation, abuse and/or violence, youth, the elderly, indigenous minority groups and/ or people living with disabilities in one or more of the Voice impact themes. It is an opportunity for strategic advocacy, mobilisation of CSOs and/collective action that can lead to change in policies/laws, legal decisions, or a shift in public attitudes and practices to challenge discrimination, promote equal access and opportunities, enhance social well-being, confront injustice and/or encourage social development. This grant is available from €5,000 to €200,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months.

Possible interventions would require using nonviolent action, with active participation of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, faith leaders, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals who jointly and collectively seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights as well as the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights of the Voice target groups.

Grants responding to a sudden opportunity are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time from the date the Call for Proposal announcement has been made.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Take the eligibility test below.
  2. Read the Grants Manual Uganda (version August 2017)
  3. Download the Sudden Opportunity Concept Note Template and fill it in.
  4. Send your concept note to them at

If your concept note is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application. Decisions are made within 4 weeks after application. Projects that are rewarded with funding must be implemented within 6-12 months after approval of the application.

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EMPOWERMENT GRANT: (Deadline: 16th October 2017)

Targeting (informal) groups or organisations to raise awareness, develop transformative leadership, build skills and confidence of the Voice targe groups. Empowerment grants are small grants with a maximum timeframe of 24 months. Informal groups can access funding by partnering with a formal ‘host’ organisations. In Uganda, empowerment grants are available from €5,000 up to €25,000.

Empowerment grants focus on the redistribution of power for marginalised and discriminated groups in society. It aims at building confidence in order to engage and interact with each other as well as in public, and build mutual trust while acknowledging their differences. In Uganda, demographic surveys indicate that Eastern Uganda (particularly Karamoja sub-region), Northern Uganda (particularly Acholi and Lango sub-regions) and West Nile sub-regions are the most marginalised areas and therefore we shall ONLY accept applications from groups and/or organisations from and/or working in those regions. Furthermore, only local organisations and groups whose annual budgets are not more than €50,000 are eligible to apply.

Empowerment grants are targeting (informal) groups or organisations led by the following Voice target groups:

  • Persons living with disabilities
  • Indigenous people and/or ethnic minorities
  • Age-discriminated vulnerable groups especially youth
  • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence

The overall aim is to strengthen and enhance their capacity to lobby and advocacy. The target groups need to be in the driver’s seat, whether leading on their own, with allies, or exploring and co-creating solutions with those in power. Preference will be given to local groups, community groups or organisations.

What will Voices fund?

This grant will support activities aimed at, amongst others:

  • Building the capacity of the target groups or organisations that work with/for them such as through institutional strengthening of their organisations. Applications for capacity building must provide clear sustainability plans.
  • Supporting initiatives to build self-confidence among indigenous groups especially those that have been pushed away or affected by war or draught or other reasons.
  • Facilitating transformative leadership among members of the target groups at community level.
  • Bridging gender gaps and power differences and other imbalances that affect the target groups at grassroots level.
  • Empowering the target beneficiaries with information about their rights, opportunities, safe spaces, and linkages that can advance their access to justice, resources, or political participation.

How to Apply:

  • Is your organisation target-led by one of the above-mentioned target groups?
  • Are you working in Karamoja, Acholi, Lango or West Nile region?
  • Is your organisation’s or group’s annual budget smaller than Euro 50,000?

If you answered yes to the above questions we encourage you to apply!

For further guidance, we encourage you to read the Grant Manual for Uganda (version August 2017) and complete the application form.

Once the application is completed, upload it with the required attachments through the online application system. Only completed applications will be reviewed.  Alternatively, if you have problems submitting your application through the online system you can do so through email by scanning the completed application form and the required attachments to: Please note that the maximum file size of documents sent by email is 10.0 MB.

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3 thoughts on “Call for Applications: Voices Uganda Sudden Opportunity and Empowerment Grant

    Alemiga francis

    (October 2, 2017 - 8:31 pm)

    Thanks very much for this opportunity i will work on the proposal as am from marginalised youth group in Arua

    Rujumba pius

    (February 8, 2018 - 11:57 am)

    Hello, are there upcoming funding opportunities,

    Matt Consults & Research Group

    (February 15, 2018 - 12:51 pm)

    I need a business grant in supporting education

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