Open Call for Applications: January 1 through February 28, 2019

The Embassy of the United States of America Announces A Call for Applications for The U.S. PEPFAR Small Grants Program

Open Call for Applications: January 1 through February 28, 2019

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a new round of funding for the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program.

Background:  The PEPFAR Small Grants Program is highly competitive and supports projects related to HIV prevention and the care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).  HIV prevention small grants assist projects mitigating the spread of HIV.  OVC small grants assist with innovative projects that provide care and support to OVC and their households to improve OVC’s standard of living through financially sustainable, community-led projects.  The PEPFAR Small Grants Program also seeks to especially support projects that promote democracy and governance in Zambia’s HIV response.

Who is Eligible to Apply? Community and faith-based organizations, neighborhood groups, and institutions of learning are encouraged to apply.

What are the objectives of the Program?

HIV Prevention Small Grants

  • Address stigma and discrimination, especially among key populations
  • Promote positive behavior change and practices in individuals to prevent the spread of HIV
  • Build capacity and empower communities to sustainably reduce the spread of HIV
  • Support income-generating to sustain HIV prevention activities at the community level

OVC Small Grants

  • Strengthen caregivers’ knowledge and skills to better provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Ensure OVCs’ continued access to food, shelter, education, and psychosocial, medical, and legal services
  • Develop sustainable economic support for households of OVCs

 Democracy and Governance related to Zambia’s HIV response

  • Educate community members about their rights around HIV-related health services and how to ensure their rights are upheld
  • Promote and ensure organizations’ (that provide HIV/health services) transparency and accountability to those who benefit from programs
  • Collaborate with other community/civil society groups with common themes and interests to improve HIV-related health services

Funding Amount:  

Category 1:  Up to ZMW 100,000 maximum may be requested for one year projects

Category 2:  Up to ZMW 250,000 maximum maybe requested by community and faith-based organizations with capacity to implement project activities on a large scale.  Applicants must provide recommendations from previous funding agencies indicating successful implementation of projects.

Project Duration:  October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020

Application forms can be downloaded at

Applications submitted without all required documents will not be considered.


Program Manager, Civil Society Engagement
PEPFAR Coordination Office
Embassy of the United States of America
P.O. Box 320065, Lusaka, Zambia
(+260) 211 357062

Open period for receipt of applications:  January 1 through February 28, 2019.

Applications received after the February 28, 2019 deadline will not be held or reviewed.