Though TPP makes grants all over the world, we are particularly deeply rooted in the East African nations of Kenya and Uganda. Accordingly, and in partnership with a leadership team comprised of local change-makers who are Pollination Project grantees themselves, we have developed specific grantmaking programs and processes for grants made in Kenya and Uganda.
Beginning in 2015, The Pollination Project recognized that in order to best serve grantees in these countries we needed to partner with local changemakers who were best positioned to ensure our grants are appropriate, impactful, and that we are approaching our work in a way that supports and serves dreamers and doers in Kenya and Uganda.
Over the years, our leadership team have guided our efforts in East Africa, helping us to understand what is needed to effectively reach and support community members who may lack access to funding due to socioeconomic factors, how to best support early stage projects and leaders through mentoring, training, and network building, and how we can continue to develop our grantmaking in response to locally identified needs and ideas.
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.
Applications for projects in Kenya and Uganda will be open between:
February 15th 2019 – April 15th 2019 (Applications are now closed for this phase of the program and funding decisions for applications submitted during this period will be released in late May 2019)
June 1st 2019 – August 1 2019 (Applications will close at midnight Pacific time and funding decisions for applications submitted during this period will be released in late September 2019)