Grants for Creative Expression for youth, Hivos

Resource Of Open Minds (ROOM) – Creative Expression in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania – Call for Concepts (youth ages 15-35 or entities that serve them), Hivos

Hivos is seeking concept notes from artistic collectives, creative hubs and groups of content creators working on creative and cultural content production in East Africa. The funding support is geared towards supporting independent content production as a way of contributing to more independent, self-sufficient initiatives that reach larger audiences. This open call is directed at initiatives currently based in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Besides artistic imagination, the production of audio-visual, independent and conscious work that challenges or questions norms in society will be an important factor in the awarding of grants

About Hivos’ initiative on freedom of expression and the creative sector

Freedom of expression is the main measure of openness in a society, but globally, the space for free expression is dwindling. Resistance to this development is led by young frontrunners: artists, musicians, hacktivists, vloggers, writers etc. As these ‘young makers’ challenge the perspectives of older generations, they can break through the hegemonic structures in society.

In May 2017, Hivos launched its new strategy which supports makers contribution to diversification of dialogue, debate and dissent in their societies. We do this by supporting young makers like artists, designers, film makers, vloggers, men and women, who create independent cultural and media productions, which are diverse in their identities, mediums, content, channels and audiences.

Hivos wants to create a professional environment for makers, and a playground for them to experiment in. To achieve this goal, we have formulated the following short-term objectives/outputs:

  1. Creative hubs provide makers with tools, services and a community of peers.
  2. Training providers offer makers effective professional skills development training.
  3. Effective financial mechanisms are in place to support makers.
  4. Makers have been provided with the means for experimentation.

With this programme we not only provide young makers’ with the means to produce critical art and media productions, and support the creative hubs that offer them a safe work environment and meeting ground, but also hope to make a positive contribution to countering the shrinking freedom of expression in societies that have no ear for or acceptance of critical voices.

What is our target group? …

a) Young makers, men and women

b) Creative Hubs (or: communities)

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The World’s Only Prize for Legal Empowerment

Dear Friends,

Across the globe, grassroots organizations are combatting injustice by helping people to understand, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Few of them receive the recognition they deserve. We want to change that.

In 2015, we launched the world’s first competition to celebrate great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. This year, the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize returns — bigger and better than before.

The 2017 Grassroots Justice Prize will highlight the inspiring work being done around the world to put the power of law in people’s hands. Each winner will receive US$10,000.

The Elders, UNDP, and the World Justice Project are partnering with Namati to support the global promotion of the prize as well as the selection of the shortlisted candidates and the winners.

This year’s Grassroots Justice Prize will honor the work of non-profits, social enterprises, and public institutions with three different awards:

The Achmed Dean Sesay Memorial Prize for Innovation
The Nomboniso Nangu Maqubela Memorial Prize for Scalability and Sustainability
The Elders’ #WalkTogether Prize for Courage 

Applicants can choose to be considered for one, two, or all three categories.

A panel of judges will determine the winners of the first two prizes and will shortlist candidates for the third, which will then be put to a public vote.

For more information on how to apply or nominate an organization for the Grassroots Justice Prize visit www.justiceprize.org.

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 24th. Nominations must be received by Friday, November 10th.

Support for entrepreneurs: The Somo Project

Check out their website for full details: http://www.thesomoproject.org/

The Somo Project’s mission is to identify, train, fund and mentor entrepreneurs looking to drive social change by building enterprises in their own low-income urban communities.

The Somo Project invests in people. We believe that talented local teams are best equipped to build sustainable enterprises in their own low-income communities and that these are the people who can best address the problems their communities face.

Access to stable, long-term capital is greatly inadequate and we are committed to changing this by providing long-term partnership, encouraging leaders to dream big and build scalable enterprises that otherwise would not be given a chance.

The Somo Project invests in social entrepreneurs and provides the training and tools to help them build enterprises that change their communities from within. By investing in the right people, we help break the cycle of poverty and can help bring long-term stability to urban slum areas.

Grant: new art collaborations, British Council – closing on 13 Aug!

Thank you for your interest in new Art new Audiences (nAnA) 2017. nAnA is an annual (open call) grant for 18 to 35-year-old East African and British artists, arts organisations, and art collectives, to create new art together and to showcase this art to audiences across East Africa and the UK.

If you would like to apply for nAnA 2017, please follow these three steps:

1.Download and read the ‘nAnA 2017 Applicant Info Pack’ found in our downloads section below;

2.Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken to the ‘nAnA 2017 Application Form’;

3.Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email from the British Council confirming receipt. You will be notified on Friday 8 September 2017 if your project has been shortlisted.

Note: you will not be notified if your project has not been shortlisted.

Good luck!

 

Calls for data journalism proposals on property rights, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is accepting project proposals for data-driven journalism projects related to land rights and property rights. Link here.

The program is particularly interested in data-driven stories that use satellite imagery, 360° videos, drones, sensors, data visualizations or interactive maps/graphics.

Possible topics include new perspectives on property rights issues related to land tenure, indigenous land rights, transparency in land transactions and concessions, resource rights or overlapping land use rights.

Three proposals will be selected to receive a total of US$75,000.

The deadline is May 1.

Call for ideas on economic opportunities for youth, Amplify IDEO

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CHALLENGE: How might we expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa?

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In the Youth Empowerment Challenge we are collaboratively designing solutions that expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa.

We’re running this challenge because we aspire for all young people (ages 15-35) in East Africa to find themselves in positions of learning, growth and possibility. In order for this vision to become reality, young people must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities that will pave the way to success. So we’re calling our global community to action: how might we expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa?

We’re looking for a wide range of solutions including ideas that motivate and inspire youth, build skills that allow them to participate in the economy, support their transition into financial stability, include the private sector, or harness the potential for the participation of young people in the region’s most lucrative sectors.

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Grants: impactAFRICA data-driven investigative journalism (current round due TOMORROW)

Announcing impactAFRICA, a $500,000 data-driven investigative journalism initiative, coordinated by Code For Africa.

impactAFRICA will seek to support pioneering data journalism that tackles development issues, such as public healthcare, in six initial African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The second of four impactAFRICA calls for applications is active now: deadline for submissions is 15 JULY for WATER AND SANITATION STORIES.

Interested? Read more about it here, follow the conversation on Facebook or via #impactAFRICA on Twitter and apply today.