Apply for the County Innovation Challenge Fund

The County Innovation Challenge Fund Round 3 Innovation Competition is NOW OPEN!

This competition seeks innovative project ideas that will contribute to positive change in the maternal and new-born health (MNH) sector; delivering impact and increased access to and/or utilisation of quality services. The innovations should demonstrate readiness for rapid implementation and be able to deliver results within twenty-one months. Innovations augmenting existing MNH interventions in the focus counties, targeting adolescent girls and youth are strongly encouraged.

The request must be within the prescribed funding limits. The two funding limits are up to either a maximum of £200,000 or a maximum of £400,000 with no minimum amount.

Focus of the Innovation Competition

downloadThe CICF invites innovative ideas focusing on six target counties; Bungoma, Garissa, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Nairobi (Embakasi and Kamukunji Sub-Counties), and Turkana Counties. Applications targeting Garissa County are highly encouraged.


  • Organisations that are legally registered and have been in operation for at least two years.
  • Local community-based organisations; local and international non-governmental organisations; civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, research institutions, private sector organisations and innovation hubs are eligible to apply.
  • Locally registered organisations are highly encouraged to apply.
  • International organisations are only eligible to apply with sub-contracting of a minimum of one locally established organisation.

Competition period: The competition is open from 14 October 2016 to 30 November 2016.