U.S. Embassy Now Accepting Applications for PEPFAR Small Grants

Lusaka. January 31, 2014.

Lusaka – The United States is dedicated to working with the government and people of Zambia to reduce the spread of HIV and achieve an AIDS-free generation. The United States Embassy announces a call for applications for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program. Registered grassroots organizations working in the areas of HIV and AIDS prevention and the care and support of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) are eligible to apply. The U.S. Embassy is now accepting applications through March 7, 2014 for grant awards up to ZMW 100,000.

According to U.S. Embassy PEPFAR Country Coordinator Kristie Mikus, “Over the past eight years in Zambia, the PEPFAR Small Grants Program has assisted more than 500 community and faith-based organizations with successful implementation of programs for HIV and AIDS prevention, and care and support for orphans and vulnerable children.”

HIV and AIDS prevention small grants mitigate the spread of the pandemic by promoting positive behavioral changes, voluntary medical male circumcision, voluntary testing and counseling, and the use of other effective prevention methods. OVC small grant projects focus on, but are not limited to, enhancing the self-sufficiency of OVC caretakers, training the families in life-skills, providing psychosocial support, and strengthening communities’ capacity to care for OVC.

“I encourage community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations, or institutions of learning to apply,” said Ms. Mikus. She explained, “The significant achievements made by grassroots organizations demonstrate that community-based partnership plays an important role in Zambia’s national HIV response.”

Qualified applicants must provide evidence of previous successful efforts in working in HIV/AIDS prevention or with OVC, and must clearly demonstrate how the activities proposed will be sustained over the long term, usually through income-generating activities. Applicants must provide documentation that they are a legally-registered non-profit organization in Zambia.

Applicants must demonstrate either a monetary or in-kind contribution to their proposal in their application. In-kind contributions could include, but are not limited to, manpower, supplies, venue, office equipment, land or technical support. Projects must be completed by September 30, 2015.

Interested applicants will find complete guidelines and application forms on the United States Embassy Zambia website or may contact:

Charlene Repique, PEPFAR Small Grants Coordinator
Embassy of the United States of America
P.O. Box 31617
Lusaka, Zambia
+260 211 357062