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Overview of the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Transformation Fund Grant
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) East Africa (EA) is pleased to invite Alumni of the program and country chapters to submit applications for funding under the Transformation Fund . Through the fund, alumni will have an opportunity to support a variety of projects and initiatives that will help them promote the vision and mission of the YALI RLC EA. The Transformation Fund will also provide an opportunity for collaboration between alumni and for them to grow and apply their leadership skills and grow while in the process of organizing and executing their proposed solutions.
The grants will be for projects and initiatives whose implementation period is less than one
Categories of the Funding
Applications will be submitted under any of the following grant categories:
(a) Secretariat Funding:
This category involves awarding to country chapters that have made significant progress in their
formalization or registration activities. It is milestone-based support offered to chapter executive
committees that will have submitted their agreed roadmap to formalization and provided
necessary evidence as per the following proposed pathways:
Pathway 1: Registration as affiliates of existing organizations (hosting and affiliation in a local
organization) based on a jointly agreed MOU. It is highly recommended that a Chapter is hosted
by an organization owned or led by an alumni.
Pathway 2: Registration as an independent organization (Local Charity – NGO, Foundation, CBO)
in line with local registration requirements.
The maximum grant size for this application is $12,000.
(b) Group Projects
This category involves awarding a grant to support group initiatives among alumni collaborating to address a community need. It is strongly recommended that applications are made through existing organizations that are led, owned and managed by alumni. Applicants should demonstrate how their proposed solution addresses the pressing problem identified and ultimately leading to transformation. In cases where alumni are collaborating on a project, one member should apply on behalf of the group citing the names of other members involved.
Applicants should clearly document any in-kind contributions from other stakeholders.
The Grant size for this application will range between $10,000-$30,000.
To be eligible for and receive funding under the Transformation Fund, applicants should observe
- Applications should be submitted through established local organizations led, owned and
managed by YALI alumni. Proof of registration as per country local registration laws will be
- Applications for secretariat funding should be submitted through the country chapters
- Applications are encouraged for projects that demonstrate innovative solutions, can be scaled
up and are sustainable.
- Applications should include signatures from the chairperson, or a designated official
appointed by the chapter executive committee.
- It is important that applicants categorically state how they will involve/collaborate with fellow
- The main contact person (project lead)
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