East Africa Grants Scheme on Public Procurement and Whistleblower Protection

Deadline: 30 June 2019

The Civil Society Team (CST) has launched the East Africa Small Grants Scheme for the first time as part of the Fast-tracking UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Implementation project.

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The CST will sponsor civil society organization’s (CSOs) innovative proposals in anti-corruption aimed to advance the implementation of the themes on public procurement and whistleblower protection.

The CST in partnership with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office (UK-FCO) aim to strengthen civil society capacity to work constructively with government, with the ultimate aim to succeed in implementing UNCAC.

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The main objective of this Grants program is:

  • To encourage East African civil society organizations to work on public procurement and whistleblower protection projects promoting UNCAC implementation.

Thematic Focus and Priority Issues

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This Call for Proposals seeks to provide funding for East African civil society organizations (CSOs), in particular non-governmental organizations (NGOs), at national, local and/or community level, working in the area of anti-corruption.

The grant scheme targets East Africa CSOs, namely those from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Grant funding under this Call for Proposals shall be provided to projects that:

  • Increase cooperation between civil society, the public and governments, and other relevant stakeholders on UNCAC and its implementation; and,
  • Increase awareness of public procurement and whistleblower protection for UNCAC implementation.

The specific undertaking of the grants project will not be for UNODC to plan or determine, rather be the conception of CSOs. The type of activities which would be considered, but do not constitute an exhaustive list, include:

  • Development and/or implementation of alternative systems for reporting of misconduct (e.g. mobile app., telephone line or other innovative use of technology)
  • Direct lobbying/advocacy of advanced legislation
  • Coordinated media outreach to increase public awareness
  • Filling gaps where there is required monitoring in the public procurement and whistleblower protection processes

While the value of publications in various forms on each of the two anti-corruption themes is valuable and necessary, it is the intention not to sponsor such projects in this call for applications.

Funding Information

Proposals with budgets up to USD 10,000 will be considered for the award. Please note that value for money will be assessed as a part of the rating criteria.

Geographical Scope

East Africa CSOs, namely those from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and/or Uganda.


All activities financed by this Grants program must be implemented by 31 March 2020.

Eligibility of Applicants

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

  • Be an East African (specified above), non-profit making, civil society organization registered under the relevant country laws;
  • Have been registered not less than two (2) years before the date of the application;
  • Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, i.e. not acting as an intermediary;
  • Have a bank account.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2EXXWnH

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