UK Govt Offering Kenyans Ksh800 Million to Plant Trees, How to Apply

Car trail inside a forest
Car trail inside a forest

The United Kingdom (UK) government has announced Ksh800 million funding for nature-based projects in forest conservation and restoration.

In a statement by the UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) on Thursday, February 10, it was revealed that they were aiming at meeting the Kenyan government's pledge of having 5.1 million hectares of forest cover in the country by 2030.

The organisation added that the funding was part of Ksh4.7 billion that had been allocated for various climate change programs in the country.

Eliud Kipchoge
World Wide Fund Kenya (WWF) CEO, Mohamed Awer (L), Eliud Kipchoge (M) and PS, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo(R), Wednesday, October 13.
Ministry of Environment and Forestry

“In consultation with the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya-UK PACT is seeking to fund projects that will strengthen regulation, coordination, and financing of forest conservation and restoration activities,” read the statement in part.

Additionally, UK PACT expressed that they were looking for programs that would help in formulating and influencing policies in the climate change conversation in the country.

During the launch of the program, WWF Kenya in conjunction with the Eliud Kipchoge Foundation and the UK government launched a Ksh75 million program to restore over 1000 hectares cover of Kaptagat forest in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

“Breathing to keep you going, breathing to feel alive. Athletes train in the Kaptagat forest. They need the forests, it is good for their health and for good breathing. I want the world to breathe well. Without forests, you cannot breathe.” Kipchoge stated 

How to Apply

Applicants interested in participating in the program are advised to visit the portal to register an account before making their applications.

Additionally, one should also submit a proposal template, work plan, monitoring template, and a draft budget for their project ideas. 

Kenyans willing in taking part in the program should have projects that have an annual budget between Ksh38 million to Ksh157million.

“All projects should aim to start on July 1 and end no later than March 31, 2025. The projects must have a clear indication of the outcomes and impacts expected to be achieved in the first year of implementation, as well as in each subsequent year of implementation," read the statement in part.

Interested applicants should make their submissions before March 18.

tree planting
A citizen watering a tree during a past tree planting exercise.