Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa Grant Programme

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: pro-democracy organizations and individuals 
ranging from USD 10,000 to USD 200,000


OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work.

OSIEA occupies a unique niche as a donor organization in East Africa—its multiple identities as local/international, donor/implementer, outsider/insider give the organization enormous flexibility and reach in terms of access and impact.


OSIEA supports projects in the following programmatic areas:

  • Media and Access to Information;
  • Governance and Accountability;
  • Health and Rights;
  • Justice and Human Rights;
  • Regional Programs.

Grant seekers should carefully review the program priorities on the webpage to better know what is funded under each of the focus areas.


OSIEA has typically made grants ranging from USD 10,000 to USD 200,000 in the past three years. Most grants run for one to two years.


Please download and review the attached guidelines carefully before submitting a grant application.

Please submit proposals to [email protected]. Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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