KCDF Food Security and Climate Adaptation Call for Proposals

Food Security Call for Proposals
KCDF holds the theory that sustainable solutions to food security requires joint action,sustained and coordinated responses with vulnerable communities at the center of it (USTAWI).

This campaign therefore seeks to contribute to community driven approaches addressing food security challenges with the communities taking the lead and co-investing.

As a grant making organization, we are inviting proposals towards this initiative

1. About KCDF

Established in 1997, KCDF supports local community development initiatives through grant-making and capacity building of local organizations. 

KCDF holds strongly that systemic change is possible when communities are able to initiate and drive their development agenda, work with governments and other actors to access basic rights and services as well as harness and grow their own resources.

In an effort to assist communities in pursuing sustainable development and social justice, KCDF continues to focus on the strengthening of the organization’s key stakeholders and target community by:

  • Building strong and credible institutions for sustainable development of communities
  • Influencing and fostering favorable policy framework and an enabling environment for organized giving and social justice
KCDF facilitates the implementation of projects along the following thematic areas in an effort to attain its strategic goals.
  • Livelihoods, Climate Change & Environment
  • Education, Children & Youth
  • Partnerships, Policy & Communication
  • Capacity Development & Organizational Development
2. Background of the KCDF Food Security Grants

Through a partnership with Wilde Ganzen Foundation-The Netherlands and several private sector organizations in Kenya, KCDF has been involved in local fundraising initiative in Kenya and the Netherlands in September 2011 to raise resources to respond to growing national concerns about growing food insecurity. 

The funds would enable KCDF partner with vulnerable communities, particularly in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya through financial and technical support towards innovative community driven food production technologies and value addition (including improved storage) initiatives or projects. 
Such projects must therefore be designed to either increase production of food security crops or introduce low cost technologies that reduce seasonal vulnerability of communities as well as promote good environmental practices (water harvesting, tree planting, rehabilitation of wetlands, organic farming etc) within the host communities

Ustawi, Kiswahili word for prosperity, is a FOOD SECURITY campaign that emerged from the frustration and fatigue that food relief efforts have left behind in Kenya particularly in the last three years. 

The initiative is about taking a long term community owned view and solutions to the question of food insecurity. 
Essentially, the campaign is powered by the premise that Kenyans must move on from begging for food relief to finding innovative and sometimes indigenous knowledge based approaches to production, value addition and storage of food to address in a permanent way, their recurring food shortages associated with weather and changing climatic conditions in the country.

3. The Rationale for the Fund

Kenya experiences perennial food shortages in almost a predetermined cycle of every three years, that emanate largely on but not limited to: 

  • Environmental degradation and changing farming practices, 
  • Global warming and drought cycles (which are becoming shorter), 
  • Lack of water harnessing and discipline in its sustainable use, 
  • Poor choice and access to appropriate seeds when needed, 
  • Poor value addition and storage after harvests (both indigenous and modern ways), 
  • Lack of implementation of a comprehensive and aggressive national food safety strategy and poor access to credit for business oriented agricultural development.
This campaign therefore seeks to contribute to community driven approaches to addressing the above challenges with the communities taking the lead and co-investing. 
It is the partners hope that this initiative will not only rally other supporters but also strengthen the food security situation within the short term but with a long term view. 
The campaign is based on the following concept:
  • Water harvesting and management
  • Management of catchments and environmental conservation (particularly trees planting)
  • Timely availability of high quality seeds, planting materials and other inputs for farmers
  • Improving access to information and technologies to communities on good agricultural practices
  • Investing in post harvest handling, value addition and food storage
  • Building on indigenous knowledge and promoting traditional and low rainfall foods that secured food security e.g. millet, sorghum, cassava and traditional vegetables.
  • Adoption of “Brain Agriculture” drip irrigation based food production (all year round) to increase value of every drop of water harvested by communities
  • Diversification of food security livelihood initiatives e.g. bee keeping
Therefore this call is seeking to identify community based initiatives that demonstrate the following characteristics:
  • Projects that apply integrated approach giving a lasting solution to addressing food insecurity as well as projects that emphasize on sustainable food security strategies that meet local food requirements as well as income generation
  • Projects that build on indigenous knowledge and promotion of traditional and low rainfall food crops that enhance food security e.g. millet, sorghum, cassava and other indigenous/traditional food crops.
  • Women and youth empowerment – projects that seek to improve participation of women and youth in leadership, employment, income generation as well as wholesome involvement of the communities
  • Environmental conservation and climate change adaptation – projects that are geared towards environmental conservation and protection as well as enhancing the adaptive capacity of communities to climate change and climate variation.
  • Projects that promote the adoption and up-scaling of technologies that increase water resource use efficiency and contribute to sustainable natural resource management. These projects should have strong conservation strategies including water harvesting and protection of catchments
  • Uses approaches that promote community investment, democracy and long term planning
  • Founded on the basis of , adaptation, replicability and scaling at individual, household and group levels
  • Promotes partnerships and collaboration with government and other stakeholders
  • Careful balance between indigenous knowledge and use of modern technique
4. Who can apply for the Grants?
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the local context and need;
  • Demonstrate that the proposed idea is in line with government policy
  • Show that local people have been consulted and will be involved in the work;
  • Have a balanced approach, addressing not only immediate needs but also people’s rights to services;
  • Demonstrate they are not working in isolation but are collaborating  with other organisations and engaging with relevant government departments;
  • Help to build the skills, confidence and capacity of local people or organisations;
  • Offer some useful lessons for future interventions, and show how the applicant will gather information and learn from it.
KCDF is seeking to partner with organizations that:

Organizations based in North Eastern, lower Eastern and North Rift regions of Kenya are encouraged to apply.

KCDF SHALL NOT award grants to support the following or components of the following:

  • Projects with a large degree of capital expenditure, such as buildings, vehicles, machinery;
  • Individuals;
  • Political processes
  • Participation in international conferences;
  • Work that is being carried out by (or is normally the responsibility of) government
5. Grant Size and Duration?

Project Duration: the project implementation period shall be 12 to 24 months

Grant size: The average size of grants will be between KES 1 million and KES 2 Million shillings; however this decision will be based on potential impact, scope and the capacity of the applying local organization. 

In addition, applicants must be willing to fundraise for 20% of the proposed projects’ total cost in order to sign a grant agreement. Grants will not be given to individuals.

6. How Do I Apply?

The applications must be typed, in English (or in exceptional cases Kiswahili) on the STANDARD application form (KCDF/WG/FS/R3/2014). 

Applications NOT submitted in this form will be disqualified. 
The GRANT APPLICATION FORMS are to be filled out and submitted to KCDF offices through email to grants@kcdf.or.ke on or before the deadline of 5th February 2014. 
Please state on the email subject line: RfP No. KCDF/WG/FS/R3/2014. 
Applications delivered outside the deadline shall be automatically disqualified. 
These application GUIDELINES have been developed to assist applicants in filling out the application form and should be read and understood before completing the proposal form. 
The documents can downloaded from www.kcdf.or.ke (or see links at the end of the advert)

7.  How are the applications/proposals selected?

In addition to the earlier indicated principles, submitted applications will be assessed on:

a) Sustainability: the impact of the project being proposed should be able to continue being felt beyond the funding period.

b) Results and Measurability: All projects must have well defined targets. Achievements thereof should be tangible and quantifiable.

c) Partnerships: The potential to initiate strategic alliances and bring different stakeholders together to increase success needs to be demonstrated.

d) Promotion of gender equity: especially as regards inclusion and active participation of women.

e) Co-funding / Leverage on Local Resources: Including skills, facilities and funds.

f) Promoting positive impact on environment: i.e. green enterprises

g) Timely submissions : applicants are requested to keep these dates in mind

All applicants should note that the KCDF grants staff will visit all those shortlisted for Grants Approval Panel Consideration.

The visits are part of the approval process BUT do not in any way confirm that an applicant will be approved to receive a grant. 
Similarly, KCDF reserves the right to ask for additional information at any stage of the selection process.
  • Call for Applications 6th January, 2014
  • Dissemination 5th February, 2014
  • Deadline for submission of  Proposals 5th February, 2014
  • Screening, Review & Visits: 28th February, 2014
  • Notification of awards & Agreements Signing 10th March, 2014
  • Disbursements of grant 31st March, 2014
Additional Information

If in need of more information, applicants are advised to send their inquiries through email to info@kcdf.or.ke stating RfP No. KCDF/WG/FS/R3/2014 in the subject line
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