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HIV/AIDS Community & Self-Help Grants

Ambassador's Self-Help Program & HIV/AIDS Community Grants

Infants in Ibuyambo HIV & AIDS Forum's safe house

Infants in Ibuyambo HIV & AIDS Forum's safe house. Ibuyambo provides community services such as after-school care for youth, most from families affected by HIV/AIDS. Many have received training and now work as peer educators.

Bio Gas Converters bought to generate gas for cooking at a Drop In Centre in Maphumulo, improving their sustainability and reducing their long term costs. Suzanne Yountchi, political officer Durban attended the handover of the converters.

Bio Gas Converters bought to generate gas for cooking at a Drop In Centre in Maphumulo, improving their sustainability and reducing their long term costs. Suzanne Yountchi, political officer Durban attended the handover of the converters.

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.

 

Self-Help Program

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.

Applications

  • Community Grants
    Community Grants applications are currently closed. Please check back in November 2015 for the new application and instructions
  • Special Self Help
    The application period for Special Self-Help closed on March 31, 2015. Please check back in November for the new application.

Contact Us

  • Pretoria
    U.S. Embassy
    P.O. Box 9536
    Pretoria 0001
    Tel: (012) 431-4240
    Fax: (012) 431-4086 
    Email: communitygrantspretoria@state.gov 

    Johannesburg
    U.S. Consulate General
    P.O. Box 787197, Sandton, 
    2146
    1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst (opposite Sandton City Mall)
    Tel: (27 11) 290-3000
    Fax: (27 11) (011) 884-0396  

    Cape Town
    U.S. Consulate General
    PostNet Suite 50, Private Bag x26, Tokai 7966
    2 Reddam Ave, Westlake 7945
    Tel: (021) 702-7387
    Fax: (021) 702-7371

    Durban
    U.S. Consulate General
    303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street
    31st Floor, Old Mutual Center 
    Durban 4001
    Tel: (031) 305-7600
    Fax: (031) 305-7650