The EAST programme

ForumCiv is implementing an 18-month programme funded by Ford Foundation towards Enhancing Artivism for Social Transformations (EAST). ForumCiv does not provide for open calls/applications under this programme. The applying organization must be invited by ForumCiv to make its application for funding.

The EAST programme, funded by Ford Foundation, aims to strengthen the capacity of the creative sector and media to advocate for democracy, good governance, human rights, gender equality, and climate justice in Kenya. 

Programme goal

To contribute to empowering citizens and promoting democratic values, human rights, and fundamental freedoms through strengthening the capacity of the creative sector actors and media to innovatively advocate for democracy, good governance, human rights, gender equality, and climate justice in Kenya. 

Why the EAST programme? 

  1. Weak coalesced voice and collective action 
  2. Deteriorating democratic conditions 
  3. Human rights violations and abuse 
  4. Youth apathy towards civic engagements 
  5. Impact of disinformation and misinformation 
  6. Vulnerability to climate change 

The programme aims at achieving the project goal through the following result areas; 

 Inclusive governance and democracy; 

  • Strengthening community voices in decision-making and development processes  
  • Increasing the capacity of the communities to demand and claim human rights  
  • Enhanced accountability by duty bearers toward responsible service delivery.   

Community empowerment, resilience, and adaptation; 

  • Enhance the adaptive capacities of communities to cope with the effects of climate change and other shocks from unprecedented disasters, and   
  • Enhance the capacity of the community to adapt to socioeconomic shocks  

 Gender equality; 

  • Enhanced resilience against gender-based violence   
  • Increased political inclusion and participation of women in political processes  
  • Enhanced equitable and non-discriminative enjoyment of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR).  

Networking, linkages and movement building; 

  • Strengthening effective citizen partnerships, networks, coalitions, and sustained movements, 
  • coalescing voices  and  collective  action  toward strategic solidarity, 
  • Enhanced strategic results communications, documentation, and dissemination of programme impacts and emerging insights, and 
  • Strengthened leadership, foresight, and organizational sustainability 

Are you interested in applying for funds under the EAST programme? 

The selected partner organizations can apply for funding under the EAST Programme to implement in any of the result areas above. 

Please note that ForumCiv under the EAST programme does not provide for open calls/applications. The applying organization must be invited by ForumCiv to make its application for funding. All applications for funding must be submitted during an application window via the organizational portal. 

Important dates

The application window will run from September 19, 2023, at 12:00am EAT to September 25, 2023, at 11:59pm EAT. 

Application and reporting 

In ForumCiv's organization portal you can apply for grants and send in reports. For technical questions in the portal, contact portalsupport@forumciv.org 

Questions? 

If you have any questions about applications, please write to: Winfred Nkonge, winfred.nkonge@forumciv.org  / +254798944030 and cc Miriam Mwangi on miriam.mwangi@forumciv.org  / +254792783615 for programme and finance support.