ECF believes that strengthening local, community capacity is essential to achieving a sustainable positive impact on health and nutrition.

The foundation promotes a hands-on approach to local capacity building through tailored technical training and direct funding for local East African organizations to implement high-quality nutrition programs in their own communities.

ECF provides funding and capacity building to local organizations primarily through its Uganda Grassroots Nutrition (UGN) program. UGN was founded in 2016 in partnership with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

This grant program supports a new network of local, Northern Ugandan NGOs that are working to address the immediate causes of undernutrition in their communities.

In addition to receiving funding to carry out high-quality nutrition programs, all UGN grantees receive essential training and ongoing technical support on program design, implementation, nutrition science, and monitoring and evaluation.