Small Grants to support Youth-led Civil Society Organizations in Kenya and Nigeria

Deadline: 15 April 2018

Youth-led civil society organizations in Kenya and Nigeria can apply for The Global Center on Cooperative Security, the Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) and Carefronting Call for Proposals ‘Empowering Youth Leaders to Counter Violent Extremism.’

Small Grants to support Youth-led Civil Society Organizations in Kenya and Nigeria

The total funding under this grant is USD $240,000 and applicants can request funding of up to USD $12,000.

The grants are available specifically for six counties in Kenya (Garissa, Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Tana River) and six states in Nigeria (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, and Yobe).

Eligible projects should aim to build capacity, promote partnerships, or pilot new concepts on addressing the factors that can drive violent extremism. Projects funded under this small grant program will help inform policy and programming relating to the role of youth in efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE).

To align with the goals of the broader initiative, projects funded under the small grants program must meet at least one of the following objectives:

1. Support, empower, and/or strengthen the capacity of young leaders and civil society organizations working to prevent and respond to manifestations of insecurity, violence and violent extremism threatening their communities.

2. Implement and evaluate innovative pilot projects to address the drivers of insecurity, violence, and violent extremism at the grassroots level.

3. Deepen the knowledge base on the localized drivers of violent extremism and/or effectiveness of P/CVE programming at the grassroots level.

Examples of projects that may be considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

Training and mentorship for youth leaders and CSOs on good practices for P/CVE

Projects in communities vulnerable to or affected by violent extremism to address underlying drivers or grievances (can include issues such as civic engagement, economic empowerment, inter-faith dialogue, etc.)

Training or the provision of psycho-social support to individuals, families, and communities affected by violent extremism

Educational materials and skills-training to build resilience

Media programming, such as TV, radio, or online videos offering P/CVE-relevant themes

Media training and literacy on the delivery of P/CVE communications

Data collection or studies on issues related to violent extremism

Dialogues to build trust between law enforcement and the community

Applicants must be a nonprofit entity or organization registered in either Kenya or Nigeria and able to show proof of registration. Recipients of funds can include the following:

  • Researchers and non-governmental experts
  • Religious leaders or groups
  • Community leaders or groups
  • Social support organizations
  • Victims groups
  • Educational institutions
  • Other nongovernmental actors

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