Grant Programs

  • Public Diplomacy Grants

    Through a variety of programs in education, HIV/AIDS, business development, and culture, the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Lesotho works to support Basotho projects in three main areas: economic development of women and youth, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and democracy and human rights.

    For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at or +266.2231.2666.

  • U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund

    This Self-help fund provides small, short-term grants (one year) to community groups that are working to improve the basic economic and social conditions of their villages or communities. The fund provides grants for activities such as construction of classrooms, construction of community centers and health clinics, boreholes for access to clean water, income-generation activities, school equipment and supplies, medical equipment, solar heating and agricultural kits among others listed in our guidelines.

  • PEPFAR Small Grants Program

    The PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Community Grants Program, funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), awards community-initiated projects in Lesotho which assist and promote orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and HIV/AIDS infected persons. Examples of grants provided in the past include: recycling program, piggery, poultry, aloe-based products, candle making and bakery equipment.

  • Democracy and Human Rights Fund II

    The Democracy and Human Rights Fund II (DHRF II) is one of a variety of programs used by the U.S. government to promote and defend civil and political rights, strengthen democratic institutions and civil society, and foster democratic values and practices in the states of Sub-Saharan Africa.  The fund provides grants up to $12,000 to indigenous organizations for small, focused, high-impact, and short-term (one year) activities that promote or defend democratic institutions, civil society, an independent judiciary, free and fair electoral processes, freedom of religion, and human rights.

  • PEPFAR Small Grants Capacity Building

    The PEPFAR Small Grants Capacity Building program supports well-established countrywide organization that can contact capacity needs assessment and built capacity of selected grantees, between 5-10 groups in project management, financial management, grants management, team building, conflict resolutions, reporting and other required skills.