Deadline: 14 July 2017
CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES FOR INITIATIVES TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY RESILIENCE TO VIOLENT EXTREMISM
The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) through The Kenya Country Support Mechanism (CSM) is pleased to announce a Call for Concept Notes from non-governmental organisations to become recipients of funding from GCERF’s Accelerated Funding Mechanism (AFM).
Under this Call, potential grantees will be required to secure co-financing for their initiative from national private sector sources.
The applicant will propose a project designed to address one or more of the following drivers of radicalization to violent extremism: historical marginalization and injustices; geopolitics; lack of economic opportunities; the distortion of religious narratives; and ignorance of interfaith traditions.
Projects to address the drivers of radicalization to violent extremism may include activities such as:
- Increased access of vulnerable populations to: education; employment; leadership and life skills training; mentor-ship; and vocational training;
- Activism against radicalization to violent extremism by vulnerable populations, notably women and youth; connecting them with mentors in civil society; and amplifying their voices through appropriate channels;
- Promotion of pluralism, respect for diversity, and tolerance;
- Collaborative responses, dialogue, and partnerships (e.g. government-civil society, inter communal, interfaith); and
- Increased awareness in vulnerable communities of the threat of violent extremism, and connecting focus populations with relevant resources.
The goal of the AFM is to strengthen community resilience to violent extremism through micro, small, and medium-size grant awards (USD 10,000 – 100,000) to support projects of nongovernmental organisations, primarily national and local organisations, of up to 12 months’ duration.
- Organizational Prerequisites:
- Appropriate legal registration in the Republic of Kenya.
- Established relationships and credibility with the communities, working experience with the population groups identified in the Call and in the geographical areas in the Call.
- Experience and capacity in programme design and management, and project cycle management.
- Experience and capacity in financial management and in the management of and accounting for international donor grant funding.
- Experience and capacity in working with private sector actors.
- Experience and capacity in community-level initiatives that address the local drivers of violent extremism and strengthen resilience against violent extremist agendas.
- Strong preference will be given to applicants that can propose an existing national or local private sector partner as part of the application process.
The main focus of funding in Kenya are youth, women, teachers, religious and community leaders, and vulnerable groups in the counties of Garissa, Lamu, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Wajir.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit the following two documents:
1) A Concept Note following the guidance provided in the document: “GCERF AFM – Instructions for Concept Notes”; and
2) Basic organisational information about the applicant in the format provided in the following document: “GCERF AFM – Applicant’s Basic Information Form”
The duly completed Concept Note and Applicant’s Basic Information Form must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16:00 pm Nairobi time, 14 July 2017.
For further information on GCERF funding and how to express your interest, please visit: http://www.gcerf.org/grants/accelerated-funding-mechanism
Potential applicants are also encouraged by the Kenya CSM to register their interest, and to engage and explore further partnership opportunities, through the portal https://citizensupport.go.ke
For more information, please visit GCERF Call for Concept Notes.