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Aga Khan Foundation – Call for applications for rapid response funds


The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1967. AKF is a private, not-for-profit international development agency that seeks to provide long-term solutions to society’s problems. AKF has a special focus on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity, and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls. AKF’s primary areas of focus are; Education; Early Childhood Development (ECD); Health and Nutrition; Civil Society; Agriculture and Food Security; and Economic Inclusion.


AKF will deliver interventions across 2broad pillars in Uganda. The first pillar will focus on providing rapid response funds to various local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to enable them to reach the most vulnerable members of their constituents with support based on their emerging needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the next pillar, the program will deliver entrepreneurship and life-skills training to 3,000 youth. The program will also provide a platform, comprising Human Centered Design workshops, flexible grants, and mentorship, to support young innovators to design and test their business ideas. The 2.5year project will be implemented in 2districts; Kampala and Arua.


Local or community based Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), in Kampala and Arua, have an opportunity to apply for rapid response funds that will enable them to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable groups within their communities, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will address both short-term immediate needs (e.g. basic food necessities or access to medical care) and medium term needs (such as skills, knowledge, access to capital for income generation) of the groups to be identified by the CSOs.

Selected CSO partners may access funds of up to 40,000 EUROS each, to deliver the proposed interventions to the selected vulnerable members of the community. Vulnerabilities that will be considered in identifying project beneficiaries will include girls, women, youth, widows, orphans, survivors of SGBV, People with Disabilities (PWDs), people living with HIV and other at-risk groups. Applicants will be required to demonstrate that their proposed interventions are informed by needs assessments carried out on the ground with the respective target groups.

How to Apply

The call is open to local CSOs based in Kampala and Arua, who work with vulnerable groups including youth, women, girls and people living with disabilities within those geographies. Eligible CSOs are encouraged to apply by submitting the following:

  1. One page cover letter introducing the organisation and the challenge(s) or need(s) to be addressed.
  2. Two-page concept note(s) describing how the CSO intends to respond to the need/challenge.
  3. Evidence of community engagement or needs assessment informing the need/challenge.
  4. A valid NGO permit and certificate of registration. The CSO must have been in active operation for at least the past 2 years.
  5. Letter of recommendation from leadership of the district Local government.
  6. CVs for the CEO/MD/Founder + CV for the project Technical Lead.
  7. List of previous funders and donors including period of engagement.


Concept notes should not exceed 2 pages and should include the following sections:

  1. The vulnerable group and the need to be addressed in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on the group.
  2. Justification for why this challenge needs attention.
  3. Rationale for why the proposed intervention will be successful.
  4. Highlight any innovative models/ approaches to be used.
  5. Proposed geography i.e. parish, subcounty, village and divisions within Kampala and Arua.
  6. Measure of success or end-goals of proposed innovation.


  1. Organization’s legal and registration status and standing, leadership as well as the track record and capacity to implement similar interventions within the West Nile region of Uganda. (50%)
  2. Technical submission of the concept note. (50%)

Organizations qualified and interested in this unique partnership opportunity with AKF should submit a compressed/zipped folder with the documents indicated-by 5pm on Friday 14th June 2021. E-mail these documents to akf.uganda@akdn.org with “COVID-Response EOI” in the subject line. Only shortlisted organizations will be contacted.

“AKF believes in Equal Opportunity and is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.”

The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org)


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