Call for Proposals: UHAI EASHRI 2018 Peer Grants

Application Deadline: 11:59pm EAT on August 23rd 2018


UHAI EASHRI is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the 13th Round of Peer Grants.


UHAI EASHRI is Africa’s first indigenous activist-led and managed fund for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. UHAI EASHRI supports civil society organising for and by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities in seven [7] Eastern Africa countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC], Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda with flexible grants; capacity support; convening; and knowledge building and documentation.

We award Peer Grants once a year through an open, competitive and participatory peer reviewed process led by the Peer Grants Committee [PGC]. The PGC is a committee of 13 activists nominated from the 7 Eastern African countries we work in and represent the demographic diversity of the communities we resource.

Every year, more than half of all UHAI EASHRI’s grants are awarded through this grant making process.

For more information about UHAI EASHRI’s Peer Grants grant making process, please follow this link.

Grants available under UHAI EASHRI’s Peer Grants Portfolio


Msingi Grants

These are 1-year foundational seed grants aimed at initiating new work and/or supporting small-scale initiatives. The funding ceiling for Msingi grants is at USD 5,000. Traditionally, Msingi grants have been awarded to organisations that have not received a grant from UHAI EASHRI before, but existing grantees of UHAI EASHRI are welcome to apply to this category as well. 


Tujenge Grants

These are 1-year grants intended to initiate new or contribute to ongoing programmes, and/or cover the core support costs of developing organisations. The funding ceiling for Tujenge grants is at USD 15,000.


Imarisha Grants

These are 2-year core operational support grants of up to USD 50,000 allocated at a maximum of USD 25,000 per year.  Imarisha grants are geared towards consolidating and sustaining organisations that have long-term and large-scale strategies. 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, to cover operational expenditures such as salaries and overheads, strategic planning etcNB: Under Imarisha Grants, proposals requesting programme activity costs will be disqualified.


Organisations that qualify under this grant:

  • Have been in existence for a minimum of 3 years
  • Have previously received UHAI EASHRI funding
  • Have a commendable fiscal responsibility
  • Have a good track record of utilising awarded funds on schedule and submit their grant reports in good time.

As such all applicants applying for this grant portfolio have to submit:

  • Their current strategic plan,
  • Their Financial and procurement policies or manuals or their equivalent,
  • Their latest audit report and;
  • Their human resource and administration policies or manuals.

All existing UHAI EASHRI grantees applying for any of the above grants are required to be up to date in reporting and accounting for any past or current grants with us. All applications from applicants who are not up to date with their reporting will be automatically disqualified and will not be considered.

Also note that UHAI EASHRI gives grants in USD and so proposal budgets should be done in both your local currency and in USD, with a working exchange rate indicated. All applications done only in USD with no foreign exchange rate indicated in the budget will be disqualified.



Read the overview of UHAI Peer Grants process, and our Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions for further clarification. 



Please complete the attached proposal application form and budget form here, then email us your application before or on 23rd August 2018.


Once you have discussed and agreed on the proposal with your organisation, submit it by email to   proposals@uhai-eashri.orgIn the email subject please include: “Proposal for Round 13 PGC”. We will only accept proposals at this email.


Please note that we shall soon announce dates for webinars in Kiswahili, French, and English, to answer your questions concerning this call. 

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