PEPFAR Small Grants Program

Open Call for Applications: January 3 through February 28, 2022

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 in three thematic areas: HIV prevention, the care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and projects that promote democracy and governance in Zambia’s HIV response. The HIV prevention-focused small grants will fund projects that mitigate the spread of HIV. The OVC-focused small grants will fund innovative projects that provide care and support to OVC and their households, so as to improve OVCs’ standards of living through financially sustainable, community-led projects. Lastly, the democracy and governance-focused small grants will fund projects that center democracy and governance in Zambia’s HIV response by supporting rights-based approaches, increased transparency, and strengthened collaboration with respect to 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 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-generation 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 on their rights regarding HIV-related health services, and how to ensure their rights are upheld.
  • Ensure organizations that provide HIV-related health services are transparent and accountable to those populations whom they serve.
  • Collaborate with other community/civil society groups with common themes and interests to improve HIV-related health services.

Funding Amount:
Up to the Zambian Kwacha equivalent of $25,000.00 maximum may be requested. Detailed budgets must be submitted with the application. Funding amounts to successful organizations will be dependent on the results of pre-award risk assessments conducted on all selected organizations.

Applicants must provide recommendations from previous funding agencies indicating successful implementation of projects.

Project Duration: October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023

Application forms can be downloaded at https://zm.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar/pepfar-small-grants-program/

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
LusakaSmallGrants@state.gov
(+260) 211 357062

Open period for receipt of applications: January 3 through February 28, 2022
Applications received after the February 28 deadline will not be held or reviewed.