Call for Applications: Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) Grants 2021

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa invites applications from pro-democracy organizations in the region.

Application Deadline: Rolling

About the Award: OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work.

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OSIEA occupies a unique niche as a donor organization in Eastern Africa. We are both a donor and implementor working locally and internationally, which gives us an enormous flexibility in terms of reach and impact. We join processes that are consultative and participatory. Our ability to be flexible in our funding criteria allows us to respond quickly to changing situations. We add our own voice to debates and are not shy to take on rights issues that are deemed as politically sensitive or controversial.

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We support initiatives with a demonstrated capacity to positively transform society in innovative ways that embrace inclusiveness and diversity.

Type: Grants

Eligibility: OSIEA supports projects in the following programmatic areas:

  • Democratic governance and rule of law
  • Economic governance
  • Health and rights
  • Equality and non-discrimination

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa does not fund travel to attend conferences, seminars or workshops.

It also does not provide scholarships for individual studies.

Number of Awards: Not specified

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How to Apply: Please submit proposals to

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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