HIV/AIDS Community & Self-Help Grants
Ambassador's Self-Help Program & HIV/AIDS Community Grants
HIV/AIDS Community Grants
The U.S. Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Community Grants program, funded by PEPFAR, assists community-run projects in the districts with the highest burden of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The program supports evidence-based activities affecting vulnerable children and adolescents, with an emphasis on girls and young women, their sexual partners, and their families in order to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Programs most likely to be funded are those which improve the quality of services made available within a community through accredited training, mentoring, and implementation of HIV prevention; HIV counseling and testing (HCT) and improving linkages to HIV care and treatment services.
Projects funded under this program are required to have a direct beneficiary impact in their local community and in turn have community support in the form of money, labor and/or other services. Projects must be able to establish clear performance goals, indicators and timely project deliverables that can be externally verified. The project should have a long-term impact in the community. Once the grant is over, the project must be able to continue on its own or with forthcoming help from the community and/or other donors.
Grants can range from $10,000 to more than US $25,000. Grants are generally awarded for a one year period, but requests for two year funding will be considered. Organizations that already receive direct funding or substantial support from the U.S. Government are not eligible. Organizations that are successful have demonstrated that management, organizational and financial controls are in place and implemented. Successful applicants will also demonstrate strong ties and support in its local community and with local governmental bodies.
If your organization has a project that falls within the U.S. Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Community Grants Program guidelines, use the application to apply for a grant and send it to the office nearest you. The Community Grants Coordinator may contact you and schedule a site visit to assess the capabilities of your project. Alternatively, you may register and apply on http://www.grants.gov. The opportunity title is US Ambassador’s HIV and AIDS Community Grants.
The US Ambassador’s Self Help Program assists small community-run projects in the local communities of South Africa. The goal of the Self Help Program is to improve the basic economic and social conditions of the community or village. The community must contribute some amount of money, labor or other services to the project.
This year the focus is on funding projects which promote skills development and entrepreneurship with a particular emphasis on young women and youth aged 20-30. Preference will be given to organizations which have established relationships with the private sector, NGOs or government bodies and demonstrate sustainability and a clear way to scale up activities. Proposals which compliment U.S. Mission objectives of improving the quality of skills development and innovation and increase economic integration will also receive preference.
United States law forbids the expenditure of these funds for religious purposes, or for projects that are normally the responsibility of the local government such as primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. We cannot contribute money to a building fund, nor can we pay for vehicles, computers, copiers, salaries, or other recurring costs. Please read the guidelines carefully.
Grants generally range between US $10,000 and US $20,000. After the grant money is used, the project must be able to keep going on its own or with the help from the community. Please remember that we receive many applications and have only a limited amount of funds available.
If your organization has a project that falls within the Self Help Program guidelines, complete the application to apply for a Self Help grant and send it to the self- help office nearest you.
Community GrantsApplications are EXTENDED to May 30, 2015 and may be downloaded below
Application form (MSWord, 237KB) »
Instructions (PDF, 181KB) »
Federal Assistance SF 424Download (PDF 319KB) »
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Special Self HelpThe application period for Special Self-Help closed on March 31, 2015. Please check back in September for the new 2016 application.
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