Friday, 29 June 2012

East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative: Seventh Round of Call for Proposals

UHAI – The East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative has announced a call for proposals to provide funding for NGOs and programmes led by and focused on sexual minorities and MSM/WSW health and rights within East Africa but also considers project grants for organisations which are working with sexual minorities but not necessarily led by them.

UHAI – The East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative is an activist fund that provides  flexible and accessible resources to support civil society activism around issues of sexuality, health and human rights

UHAI aims to build strong, diverse and organised movements for change, and to enhance the knowledge and expertise of donors supporting sexual rights in East Africa. It is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

This Call for Proposals is seeking applicants for Peer Grants. These grants are awarded on a biannual basis in an open and competitive process and funds organisations and programmes engaged in, among others, the following areas of work:
  • Policy and legal advocacy: activities challenging discriminatory law and policies and responding to human rights violations through grants for documentation, strategic litigation, research and alliance building in human rights, HIV/AIDS and faith sectors.
  • Rights based service delivery: developing inclusive health and legal services for sexual minorities through grants for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment activities and services, sexual health services and sexuality education, as well as legal aid.
  • Strengthening institutions: activities and programmes that build organisational skills and systems; sustaining activism through grants for activist exchange visits and internships; human rights defenders initiatives; core funding and seeding networks and coalitions.
  • Media and culture: transforming public opinion and social attitudes through grants for media training, engaging religious institutions, film festivals and so forth.
  • Income generating initiatives: social enterprise and wealth generating activities that provide demonstrable benefit to the sexual minority community (not just an individual!)
  • Additional areas for grant making: sustaining activism (such as wellness and care of activists, including therapy, group counselling, safe houses, etc.)
The deadline for submitting Peer Gran t Proposa l applications to UHA I is 6 July 2012 . For more information, download the official UHAI Call for Proposals document in English, French and Swahili.

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