Period: 1st September 2022 – 31st August 2023
Country: Kenya
Submission Deadline: 31st July 2022
Grant Application Range: up to EUR 15,000


galck+ with support from Hivos will be facilitating the Free To Be Me programme in Kenya.
Free to be Me is a multi-year program aiming to bring together organizations and individuals that will contribute to advancing LGBTQ+ leadership in advocating for social and economic rights and bring an alliance of organizations that are experienced and strongly committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people.
galck+ is seeking applications from LGBTQ+ organizations in Kenya to be a part of this programme.


Free to be Me is an ambitious, daring and innovative programme that aims at building
vibrant LGBTQ+ movements that are confident and able to lobby and advocate for human rights and economic rights. Free to be Me aims to bring together organizations and individuals that will contribute to advancing LGBTQ+ leadership in advocating for social and economic rights and bring an alliance of organizations who are experienced and strongly committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people worldwide. The Free to be Me will be implemented in fourteen countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and East, Southern and West Africa through an alliance of committed and experienced organizations worldwide. The alliance comprises three consortium members: Hivos, ILGA World, and Positive Vibes; and three technical partners: SOGI Campaigns, the Global Interfaith Network (GIN) and Workplace Pride. Hivos is the leader of the alliance and as such is responsible for facilitating the development of the process of the implementation.

We aim to bring LGBTQ+ people and organizations from all parts of the LGBTQ+ rainbow together in inspiring Communities of Action (CoAs) and empower them to strengthen or build a movement. Within our overarching Theory of Change, LGBTQ+ communities will decide about objectives, strategies and activities to engage key actors and convince duty bearers to improve their human and economic rights.

Free to be Me will be the first program of its kind to pave the way for targeted lobby and advocacy to get sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) issues mainstreamed in economic development programmes. The CoAs will focus on improving the economic inclusion of LGTBQ+ people in their respective countries, while our trailblazer approach will map, connect and inspire key actors, help them develop a strategic global action plan and initiate pilot research to find out what strategies work best. The five-year program started on April 1st, 2021 and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the Strategic Partnership Fund, which is part of the Strengthening Civil Society subsidy framework


Free to be Me is seeking proposals that put forward approaches and activities that seek to improve the human rights outcomes for LGBTQ+ people, organizations, and movements.

Grants will be provided to organizations proposing innovative ways to address the key challenges that LGBTQ+ face in accessing socio-economic services and rights and those that promote opportunities that may exist to improve these. Grants will principally focus on providing support to advocacy, capacity development, and research efforts, although strategic linkages with broader LGBTQ+ initiatives will be encouraged.

Applications from the following are also welcome:

  • LGBTQ+ led organizations
  • Nascent LGBTQ+ organizations
  • Organizations applying as a group, alliance, coalition or network whether formal or informal
  • LBQ and TGNC organizations are strongly encouraged to apply


Award amount:
Capacity strengthening Grant up to a maximum of EUR 15,000
Opportunity Grant up to a maximum of EUR 15,000


Under this call, applications from LGBTQ+ organizations working in Kenya are eligible to


1. An LGBTQ+ civil society that is vibrant, stronger, more self-confident and diverse,
and in core countries also sustainably resourced, with the capacity to lead on legal and
policy changes.
2. Societal leaders, influencers, media and the general public that are increasingly and
openly supportive of the rights of LGBTQ+ people.
3. Significant legal or policy progress - changed abusive or criminalizing laws, ended
impunity and/or adopted protective laws.
4. Socio-economic development programs are increasingly accessible for and geared
towards the needs of LGBTQ+ people.


  • Capacity strengthening needs of LGBTQ+ organizations around financial and
    administrative structures strengthening, for example, to develop financial accounting
    & administrative structures, developing organizational policies, developing a strategic
    plan, developing and operationalizing
    M&E framework, linking and learning
    workshops that foster peer-to-peer learning.
  • Strengthening existing safety and security mechanisms.
  • Strengthening existing mental health and wellness programs.
  • Programmatic work that clearly fits into Free to be Me outcomes.

Proposals should clearly demonstrate anticipated outcomes linked to the objectives of the
proposal call. Applicants should be based in Kenya. The maximum length of a proposal is 10
pages (including budget, results-framework and work plan). The proposal should build on
existing activities or initiatives. The proposed intervention should not be less than 3 months
and should not exceed 12 months.

Funding is limited, therefore preference will be given to:

  • Proposals that are well thought out and demonstrate a clear connection to the
    objectives of Free to be Me and the proposal call.
  • Proposals that demonstrate innovative approaches and utilize relevant ICT
  • Proposals that have the potential to have the greatest impact in improving
    access to socio-economic rights and services for LGBTQ+ people.
  • Proposals that aim to reach the most hard-to-reach or vulnerable LGBTQ+
    community and to increase their access to socio-economic rights and
  • Proposals that aim to break down barriers/challenge social and gender norms
    around LGBTQ+.
  • Proposals that include elements of sustainability.

  • Please note the following:

      1. All programming must adhere to COVID guidelines as provided by WHO
      and their country/countries of implementation.
      2. Direct service provision activities are not permitted under the project e.g.
      paying medical bills, COVID food aid.


    Applicants should submit the Proposal Template and Budget Template to
    info@ by 31st July 2022 with the email subject line - F2BM 2022 CALL FOR
    PROPOSAL (Organization name)

    A webinar about the Free to Be Me program will be held on Tuesday 19th of July 2022 from
    2-3 pm. Please RSVP to elias.pande@ to attend.