Small Grants Program for Regional ESTH Projects

The United States Embassy through the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) Office is calling for small grants applications.

Purpose of Grant: The Small Grant program for regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) was established to provide funding for eligible applicants for projects that address environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The purpose of these funds is to advance ESTH strategic priorities which have a significant regional dimension in areas such as climate change, wildlife trafficking, innovation, ocean and trans-boundary water issues, and public health.

Successful applicants must demonstrate prior success in working in ESTH issues. The project or activities should focus on:

  • Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change;
  • Protecting Public Health and Improving Health Security;
  • Combatting Wildlife Trafficking and Strengthening Environmental Conservation;
  • Enhancing Cooperation on Science, Space, Technology and Innovation; or
  • Managing Water Resources for Increased Resilience

Eligibility: An eligible applicant MUST HAVE the following entities

  1. Must be a legally registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) working in the areas of Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH).
  2. A project or activity should be regional in scope, supporting collaboration across two or more countries, and advance a cross-boundary approach to achieving priority objectives. Single country project that may advance regional objectives or serve as a model or “proof of concept
  3. Funding is limited to one project, which, once started, must be completed within ten (10) months or less.
  4. Projects should be high-impact, benefiting the greatest number of people possible.
  5. Managers of a project should have evidence that they are financially responsible and will be able to account for any funds disbursed to their organizations. Having a bank account or establishing credit with vendors are examples of such evidence.

Size of Awards: Small Grants usually range in size from $10,000 to $65,000.

Deadline for Submission: The Embassy will only consider applications received before March 15, 2016.

Length of Grant: Small Grants projects must be completed in ten (10) months or less.


Applicants may hand deliver applications to the U.S. Embassy, PO Box 320065, Ibex Hill Road, Lusaka, or email them to, indicating “ESTH Grant Application” in the subject line.