PEPFAR Small Grants Program

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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 29, 2020

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, the care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and projects that promote democracy and governance in Zambia’s HIV response.  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 by educating communities about HIV related issues

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 are transparent and accountable to those whom they serve.
  • Collaborate with other community/civil society groups with common themes and interests to improve HIV-related health services.

Funding Amount:

PEPFAR COP19 Grantees (Award Ceremony, September 12, 2019).

Category 1:  Up to the Zambian Kwacha equivalent of US$10,000 maximum may be requested. This category is ideal for small organizations or recently formed organizations.

Category 2:  Up to the Zambian Kwacha equivalent of $25,000 maximum maybe requested by organizations with the 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, 2020 through September 30, 2021

Application forms can be downloaded at:

Applications submitted without all required documents will not be considered.

Contact:     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 29, 2020

Applications received after the February 29, 2020 deadline will not be held or reviewed.