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.

  • SADC Regional Training Project for Criminal Justice Personnel

    The TIP Office will allocate funding through an open, two-stage competitive process. In the first stage of competition, U.S.-based and foreign non-profits, nongovernmental organizations, public international organizations, institutes of higher education, and for-profit entities are invited to submit three-page statements of interest (SOI) for projects designed to address the programming objectives highlighted in the funding opportunity. Upon completion of a technical and programmatic review, the TIP Office will select a limited number of SOIs for further consideration. In this second stage of competition, applicants will be invited to submit full proposals that build on the concepts described in their three-page SOIs.

    TIP Office foreign assistance awards for bilateral and regional projects typically range between $500,000 and $1,000,000, with a handful falling outside that range. Project duration normally falls between 24 and 48 months. The TIP Office encourages applicants to submit strong proposals for larger, longer-term projects that align with U.S. government priorities, address human trafficking challenges on a significant scale, and offer the potential to have a systemic and sustainable impact. Please be advised, all awards are contingent upon the availability of FY 2018 appropriated funds.

    To be eligible for consideration, proposals must be submitted via by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 13, 2017.

    For further assistance, a step-by-step tutorial video by the TIP Office’s programming cycle and grants process can be viewed here.