The Ministry of Information and Communication, through the Kenya ICT Board is now accepting proposals for the Tandaa Digital Content Grant. This is the second round of calls for proposals in an ongoing three year grant program to support development of local digital content. The focus is on the development of innovative mobile or web applications and the call for proposals will run from July 21- Aug 22 2011.
Eligibility is reserved to Kenyan citizens and companies registered in Kenya with successful individuals obtaining grants of up to $10,000 and companies $50,000. Further, a new feature of the grant has been introduced to offer established companies an opportunity to participate.This grant type requires companies to match the grant amount in full to a maximum of $ 150,000.
At least 30 grants are expected to be awarded this year up from 15 awarded last year.
According to the Kenya ICT Board,the objective of the grant is to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity while promoting economic growth in the sector. The grant this year hopes to grow the number of relevant and local web and mobile applications available to Kenyans.
The grants will be awarded based on two categories: Private Sector and Government data applications.
The Kenya ICT Board's main focus is on innovation and will award more marks to the most innovative proposals that seek to solve an existing market need, impact the target community positively and demonstrate long term business viability.
Government Data Applications
The government has publicly availed 290 datasets on their Open Data portal and the Kenya ICT Board will support development ofweb and mobile applications based on this to provide services or products for citizens.
Innovation, sustainability and potential impact on the community are some of the criteria judging of the proposals will be based on with different weights being given to each.
Individuals and Companies from all sectors are invited to apply, especially start-ups in the ICT sector.
Further, theKenya ICT Board will offer business plan training to the top 150 applicants to help them secure funding and grow the business.
Application Forms and Eligibility criteria can be found on their Kenya ICT Board website