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

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 3 through February 28, 2022
Applications received after the February 28 deadline will not be held or reviewed.