The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund is designed to support a broad range of enterprises including early stage and mature enterprises as well as non-profit organisations that meet the following criterion;

  1. Is legally registered and operates in Kenya
  2. Is implementing an innovative solution(s) that addresses felt needs
  3. Is able to demonstrate the minimum viable product/post proof of concept for the innovative solution
  4. Is able to demonstrate initial investments into the innovative solution
  5. Has potential to grow exponentially, create more jobs and improve livelihoods at scale. 

Important Note: Government organisations, political parties and organisations that advocate, or espouse anti-democratic policies or illegal activities are not eligible to receive funding from the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund.

Eligible Costs and Activities

Grant funds provided under the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund can support any activities that directly contribute to the desired impact, which is to create jobs, increase income for youth and vulnerable populations in target sectors and geographies associated with increased or improved productive opportunities.

Eligible activities include but are not limited to growth and expansion of existing innovative solutions, introduction of new tech-based solutions, expansion to new markets for products, value addition and micro-level processing, and provision of educational and/or skill building services.


Size of the Award

The Business Innovation Competition Winners will receive grant funding and technical assistance, assessed on a case by case basis and not exceeding a total of GBP100,000. The exact size of the grant funding will be determined by a grants management team and will depend on the business needs and priorities in achieving the set objective. In subsequent phases of the programme, additional funding may be available based on learnings from this phase.

The Application Process

Applications are now closed for the 2020 cohort. Please check back next year