About Our Grants

OSIEA’s philosophy is that communities are best placed to speak for themselves. Accordingly, the bulk of OSIEA’s funds are given in form of grants to empower communities to speak in their own voices. OSIEA is a flexible grant maker that uses a wide range of grant making approaches and modalities. OSIEA prioritizes grants to local national or regional organizations. In exceptional cases, OSIEA funds international organizations when they have a unique contribution to make to the Eastern Africa region or they are actively transferring knowledge or skills to in-country actors.

We strive to be respectful grant maker that works and walks in solidarity with colleagues in the region. We aim to engage in long-term relationships and to provide institutional support to organizations when appropriate. We join processes that are consultative and participatory.

Through our grant-making, we seek to amplify the voices seeking to promote justice and equality. We support a variety of voices-individuals, organizations, coalitions, movements and government agencies-that promote rights-based change. We support initiatives with demonstrated capacity to positively transform society in innovative ways that embrace inclusiveness and diversity.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

  1. We support initiatives that focus on the following priority areas:
  • Democratic governance and rule of law
  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • Economic governance
  • Health and rights

For details on these areas, refer to programs section of our website

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Application Process

Application Process

Download and complete the grants application concept and submit to grants@osiea.org. Please note that the submission of the concept does not guarantee funding. The concept note will be reviewed and should it be accepted, you will be requested to submit a proposal that might be considered for funding. If you do not receive feedback within a month after submitting your concept note, please consider your bid unsuccessful.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We finance human rights initiatives that focus on the following four areas:
  • Democratic governance and rule of law
  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • Economic governance
  • Health and rights
For details on these areas refer to programs section of this website
No, OSIEA receives proposals from interested individuals on a continuous basis. OSIEA’s grant-making is tailored to respond to human rights issues as they emerge necessitating continuous financing of organizations on a need basis.
Yes, OSIEA supports a variety of voices-individuals, organizations, coalitions, movements and government agencies-that promote rights-based change.
OSIEA prioritizes grants to local national or regional organizations. In exceptional cases, OSIEA funds international organizations when they have a unique contribution to make to the Eastern Africa region or they are actively transferring knowledge or skills to in-country actors.
OSIEA supports even smallest of the organizations that focus to make rights-based change. At OSEA we make the smallest bird sing on top of the tallest tree.