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KCDF_Call-for-Proposal: The Local Fundraising Capacity Building Facility (Pamoja4Change Facility

KCDF Call for Proposals: Local Fundraising Capacity Building -PAMOJA4CHANGE

Deadline: 10 March 2017

The Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) is seeking proposals for its program “The Local Fundraising Capacity Building Facility (Pamoja4Change Facility)”.

Pamoja4Change Facility is a competitive grant scheme for capacity building of Kenyan community based organizations and other qualified civil society organizations for successful local fundraising and resources mobilization.

The Pamoja4Change Grants Matching Facility aims to promote local philanthropy for self-reliance and long term sustainability among Kenyan communities and to strengthen their capacity and confidence in taking charge of their development agenda. Proposed projects MUST therefore contribute to strengthening local initiatives or programs that enhance the wellbeing of their community members particularly children, women, youth and people with special needs.

Grant Size & Duration

  • Total Grant Sizes: The average size of grants will be between Kshs 800,000 and Kshs 2,000,000 on a 1:1 grant matching model to the most innovative proposals chosen by the KCDF Board.
  • Project Duration: Projects must be completed within a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18 months after signing of the grant agreement for support with KCDF. The above durations excludes a fundraising window (the pre-project implementation phase or period for local fundraising) of between 1 and 6 months.

Priority Areas

  • KCDF is therefore seeking to partner with local organizations to implement projects that are aligned with the following thematic areas:
    • Improving access to basic social services for the wider community – innovative projects that seek to improve the wellbeing of local communities (especially children) through increased services delivery e.g. clean and safe water, health and health information, etc.
    • Services for children in public Early Childhood Development Programmes and in primary schools. These shall include infrastructural development, feeding Programme and sanitation improvement support.
    • Women and girl child empowerment projects: Projects which seek to improve participation of young women and girls in, leadership, employment, income generation for impact on family livelihoods.
    • Environmental conservation and climate change mitigation: Projects that are geared toward environmental conservation as well as enhancing the adaptive capacity of communities to climate change.
    • Information Communication and Technology – projects aimed at establishing or maintaining functional community resource centers and adaptation of IT for development initiatives at the community level to enhance productivity, and efficiency.
    • Projects targeting the marginalized persons and persons with disability in the community: Projects aimed at mainstreaming issues of the disabled in the provision of social services.
    • Security: Projects that are targeted at improving the security situation for community members, through the initiatives of the local community.
  • Through this fund it is anticipated that KCDF shall facilitate the strengthening and building of credible institutions involved in facilitating the sustainable development of Kenyan communities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Are legally and locally registered with relevant authorities and demonstrate mature and good governance and accountable leadership.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the local context and need.
  • Demonstrate that the proposed idea is in line with government policy.
  • Show that local people have been consulted and will be involved in the work.
  • Have a balanced approach, addressing not only immediate needs but also people’s rights to services.
  • Demonstrate they are not working in isolation but are collaborating with other organisations and engaging with relevant government departments.
  • Help to build the skills, confidence and capacity of local people and or organisations.
  • Offer some useful lessons for future interventions, and show how the applicant will gather information and learn from it.
  • Have the capacity to carry out very simple and effective local fundraising initiatives for their budget contribution (50% of the total budget). This is a significant requirement for all projects approved.
  • Must be grassroots organizations with some history/ experience in the implementation of projects particularly those benefiting children.

How to Apply

The GRANT APPLICATION FORMS and Project Budget are to be filled out and submitted to KCDF through the KCDF online grant management system on or before the deadline (10th March, 2017).

These application GUIDELINES have been developed to assist applicants in filling out the application form and should be read and understood before completing the proposal form.

The following steps are guides for submitting your application:

  1. Download and complete the STANDARD grant application form (KCDF/LECC/P4C/RFP/09/APR2017/Application-Form) and project budget templates from The application must be typed in English. Application NOT submitted in this form will be disqualified.
  2. To submit your final proposal and requested supplementary documents, create and log in to your user account by accessing our grant application system/ portal. Use/follow the following link
  3. Once logged in, register your organization details, contact person details, and provide brief details of your project.
  4. The budget template is appended in the grant application form. If your project has elements of infrastructure development, a Bill of Quantities (BOQ) template is also appended in the grant application form.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission of your application.

Email applications will not be considered. Applications delivered outside the deadline (10th March, 2017) are automatically disqualified.

In case you require assistance in accessing the grantee portal, contact KCDF via

For more information, please visit Official KCDF Call for Proposal.

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