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Small grants 2023

Irise / The Period Equality Network / Small grants 2023

Are you an East Africa led civil society organisation working to achieve period equality for all?


Irise Institute East Africa is seeking proposals for the second Period Equality Network Small Grants Round.

Funding amount: £1,000 – £5,000

Applications open: Tuesday 10th October 2023

Applications close: 11:59pm East Africa Time (UTC+3) Friday 27th October 2023

Applications for the 2023 grant round are now closed

Thank you to everyone who applied. We will be in touch soon to let you know if you have been successful

Eligibility criteria

Applications are open to East-African led organisations operating within East Africa who are seeking between £1,000 and £5,000 funding for work that does one or more of the following:

  • Delivers holistic, community-led action to tackle period inequality
  • Supports grassroots advocacy and influencing related to period inequality
  • Supports people affected by period inequality to play an active role in creating positive change

Additionally, all successful proposals must include an element that contributes to producing sharable learning with members of the Period Equality Network, with successful applicants expected to actively contribute to the Period Equality Network’s community and mission. Funds must be spent within 12 months of receipt.

Additional criteria

Organisations must:

  • Be based and operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, or Uganda
  • Be registered in your country of operation as a non-profit organisation, NGO, or CBO
  • Have an annual income of £50,000 or less in your most recent annual accounts or projected income of £50,000 or less for this year if less than 1 year old
  • Have an operating memorandum of understanding in the region/district where the project will be delivered or equivalent for the jurisdiction you are operating in 
  • Have a registered bank account with at least 2 unrelated signatories
  • Have annual audited accounts or a set of management accounts if less than 1 year old or not required legally to produce audited accounts
  • Have or be able to put in place safeguarding, financial management, and anti fraud, bribery, and corruption policies
  • Have 3 unrelated board members

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023 grant round have now closed. Thank you to all who have applied, we will be in touch soon.

It is still possible to review the application paperwork below

Call for Applications

Frequently Asked Question

TPEN resources

Funder Assessment Framework

Evaluation Toolkit.

Offline application form.


Applications are open until 11:59pm EAT (UTC+3) on Friday 27th October

We aim to contact successful applicants in November, completing due diligence and contracting phases in December.

We will announce successful applicants on the 15th December and aim to make initial grant payments in the first week of January 2024