About the East Africa Leadership Program

Though The Pollination Project makes grants all over the world, we are particularly deeply rooted in the East African nations of Kenya and Uganda. To best serve grantees in these countries, we partner with a leadership team comprised of TPP grantees and local changemakers.

We believe local changemakers are best positioned to ensure our grants are appropriate and impactful, and that we are approaching our work in a way that best supports and serves dreamers and doers in Kenya and Uganda.

Program Objectives

Support Grassroots Leaders

Support outstanding grassroots leaders who have existing or newly founded projects that have the potential to make significant positive change in Uganda and Kenya, but who may not be able to acquire funding through other organizations

Demonstrate Belief in Local Leadership

Demonstrate belief in local leadership through the provision of financial support and the opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships with other grantees and TPP team leaders based in East Africa

Foster Development

Foster the development of burgeoning leaders by giving them access to peer support, networking, training, and mentoring to help uplift their voices and ensure their successes

Nurture Growth

Nurture the growth of an ecosystem of leaders who have the shared goals of a more compassionate, just, and equitable East Africa, and provide opportunities for them to act upon and realize their dreams

What Can $1,000 Do in the East Africa Leadership Program?

Here are some examples:


Number of houses connected to water in a remote village where access to adequate water is limited in Kenya


Kabuthi Empowerment Group
Project: Connecting Poor Households to the Kabuthi Community Water Project

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Number of students supported by providing new schooling facilities (three classrooms; staff room; and latrines) in Kenya


Mwembe Mwagudza Mwanyonyo
Project: Jericho Primary School

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Number of low-income girls educated on menstrual hygiene management and given sanitary pads so that they may stay in school in Uganda


Mukasa Nassar
Project: Ugapads: Reusable Sanitary Pads

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Number of women recruited into an urban women’s rights movement in Uganda


Hajjat Nagudi Asiya
Project: Organizing Urban Women

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Atukunda Eva

“I appreciate the amazing work you are doing. Your grant has helped make a difference in people’s lives. It has helped hopeless women find hope for their future, it has taken children back to school, and it created employment in a country where finding a job is the most difficult thing. We thank you so much.”

— Atukunda Eva, Legit Housekeeping And Maintenance Services, Uganda

The 2019 Program

For 2019, we are entering a new stage of our programming: our leadership team members will be intensively focused on making grants to early stage changemakers who will benefit from mentoring and support in order to develop their skills as leaders and make a real impact in their communities. Our team will also spend time mentoring and supporting current grantees, visiting and connecting projects to one another, and scheduling and coordinating training programs for our grantees in Kenya and Uganda.

Due to the specific needs of our review and mentoring teams in Kenya and Uganda for 2019, we will only be accepting applications from these countries during two periods rather than on an ongoing basis as in our general application. While applications are open, you can submit an application by following this link and taking our qualifying quiz. During periods when applications are closed, you may register your interest at the same link and we will notify you once the application is open.

Our East Africa Team will be accepting applications during two cycles of the 2020 year. The first cycle will be open from Friday, February 14 at 11p East Africa Time through Monday, April 13 at 11p EAT. Please note that we will not be able to accept applications after April 13 and that you will have to wait until our second cycle, which will open in June 2020. Please sign up here to be notified on the next opening.

Leadership Team

Jimmy Amone
Uganda TPP Leader
Beth Koigi
Kenya TPP Leader
David Omondi
Kenya TPP Leader
Fred Batale
Uganda TPP Leader
Honest Kansiime
Uganda TPP Leader
Jane Wafula
Kenya TPP Leader
Maulid Mwinyikai
Kenya TPP Leader
Miriam Wambui
Kenya TPP Leader
Suzan Joy
Uganda TPP Leader
Vincent Atitwa
Kenya TPP Leader

Grants Made Within the East Africa Leadership Program

How To Apply For A Grant In This Program

The EA Program is now closed for 2019. Please sign up here to be notified on the next opening.

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