PEPFAR Small Grants Program

Overview

Funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the PEPFAR Small Grants program is for community-initiated projects which aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities affected by HIV and AIDS.  The program supports community groups who support community-based HIV and AIDS care, and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) initiatives. Preference will be given to groups that support key and priority populations.

Community based care refers to a comprehensive package of HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care services provided for people at risk of acquiring HIV and people living with HIV and their families.

OVC, under the PEPFAR program, is defined as children 0-17 years of age who have lost a parent to HIV and AIDS, who are otherwise directly affected by the disease, or who live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socioeconomic effects. Applications should emphasize family-centered activities that lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and adolescents, including meeting their most basic needs of health, safety, stability, and schooling.

A key population (KP) is people who are affected by punitive laws, regulations, policies, severely stigmatized and marginalized, and are disproportionately affected by HIV. This includes gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender persons (TG), sex workers (SW), people who inject drugs (PWID), and people in prisons and other closed settings. The PEPFAR Maseru Small Grants program also includes PEPFAR Lesotho’s priority populations, such as adolescent girls and young women, military members, herd boys, migrant workers, textile factory workers, and disabled persons. Projects should aim to increase KP’s access to health services and care.            

Projects should aim to make a long-term impact in their communities and move towards sustainability. Involvement of the local community is highly encouraged. After the grant money is used, the project must be able to continue on its own or with forthcoming help from the community and/or other donors.

Grants are awarded for a one year period and usually range from $5,000 to $25,000.  Each organization that is funded will be required to measure and report the results it achieves by following PEPFAR and the U.S. Department of State’s reporting requirements.

 

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) 2019-2019 

Program Office:                                            Department of State – PEPFAR

Funding Opportunity Title:                         PEPFAR Small Grants Program 2019-2020

Announcement Type:                                   Grant

Funding Opportunity Number:                   DOS-MSU-PEPFARSGP-FY19

CFD number:                                                19.029

Deadline for Applications:                           April 30, 2019

  1. PROJECT DESCRIPTION

U.S. Embassy Maseru Special Projects Office announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that support People Living with HIV and AIDS and Orphans and Vulnerable Children and/or Key Populations in Lesotho.

Funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the PEPFAR Small Grants program is for community-initiated projects which aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities affected by HIV and AIDS.  The program supports community groups who support community-based HIV and AIDS care and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) initiatives. 

Community based care refers to a comprehensive package of HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care services provided for people at risk of acquiring HIV and people living with HIV and their families.

Under the PEPFAR program, OVC is defined as children 0-17 years of age who have lost a parent to HIV and AIDS, who are otherwise directly affected by the disease, or who live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socioeconomic effects. Applications should emphasize family-centered activities that lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and adolescents, including meeting their most basic needs of health, safety, stability, and schooling.

 

A key population is people who are affected by punitive laws, regulations, policies, severely stigmatized and marginalized, and are disproportionately affected by HIV. This includes gay men and other men who have sex with men transgender persons, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and people in prisons and other closed settings. The PEPFAR Maseru Small Grants program also includes PEPFAR Lesotho’s priority populations, such as adolescent girls and young women, military members, herd boys, migrant workers, textile factory workers, and disabled persons. Projects should aim to increase Key Population’s access to health services and care.   

  1. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

U.S. Embassy Maseru issues one or more awards resulting from this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to applicants whose applications are the most responsive to the objectives in this NOFO.  The Special Projects Office may a) reject any or all applications; b)accept other than the lowest cost application; c) accept more than one application; d) accept alternate applications; and/or e) waive informalities and minor irregularities in applications received.  The Special Projects Office may give awards after discussions and negotiations with one or more applicants in order to obtain clarifications, additional detail, or to suggest modifications in the project description, budget, or other aspects of the application.

Applicants should not request more than $25,000 USD.  Applicants should include an anticipated start date of August 2019 and the project period should be 12 months.

  1. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

C.1 Eligible applicants

The Special Projects Office welcomes applications from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), or Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) that support community-based HIV and AIDS care initiatives and OVC.  The projects need to be community-initiated and aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities affected by HIV and AIDS.

C.2 Cost sharing or matching

There is no requirement for cost sharing, matching or cost participation.

C.3 Other

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System in the System for Award Management (SAM) (www.sam.gov) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 the implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p.189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p.235), “Debarment and Suspension”.  Additionally, no entity listed on the Excluded Parties List System in SAM can participate in any activities under an award.

  1. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Application guidelines can be requested via email, grantsmaseru@state.gov .

The PEPFAR Small Grants Program will accept applications from February 19, 2019 to April 30, 2019.

Applications can be emailed to grantsmaseru@state.gov or mailed to/handed in to

U.S. Embassy Maseru

Special Projects Office

254 Kingsway

P.O. Box 333

Maseru 100, Lesotho

 

Any application that is received after the deadline, is incomplete or missing required documentation will be rejected.

Please Note: The Special Projects Office retains the right to ask for additional documents not included in this NOFO.

Additional information that successful applicants must submit after notification of intent to make a Federal Award, but prior to issuance of a Federal award, may include:

  1. Pre-award site visit;
  2. Written responses and any revised application documents addressing any conditions or recommendations from the review panel;
  3. Bank account information; and
  4. Other requested information or documents discussed during negotiations prior to issuance of a Federal award.

APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

The Special Projects Office will determine eligibility for all applications and then each application will be evaluated and rated individually against the following criteria, listed below. The Special Projects Office strives to ensure each application receives a balanced evaluation by a review panel.

The application should be responsive to the NOFO, should be original, innovative and creative.

The application should demonstrate an immediate positive impact on a community need.

Competitive applications should clearly indicate the number of beneficiaries, what type of support they receive and the funds requested should reflect the number of beneficiaries served.

The project is achievable and realistic for the means and skills of the community and will be completed within the 12 month timeframe.

The application should clearly detail how activities will be carried out and the objectives should be clear, measurable, and have a well-articulated timeline.

The project should show a clear path to self-sustaining activities that will continue once the grant money has been used.

The project needs to be able to quantify and report on the number of beneficiaries served with the funding received.

The budget is complete and reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results and the plan for services and related cost estimates is realistic.

After rating, shortlisted applicants will be contacted and may be asked for an interview, to provide additional information or clarification on portions of their application and may be asked to accommodate a site visit. The final list of applicants will be presented to an internal review panel for final selection. Applicants not selected will receive notification that they will not receive a grant.

  1. FEDERAL AWARD ADMINSTRAION INFORMATION

The grant award shall be written, signed, awarded and administered by the Grants Officer. The Grants Officer is the U.S. government official delegated the authority by the U.S. Department of State Procurement Executive to write, award, and administer grants. The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document and it will be provided to the recipient.

All awards will require both program and financial reports on a frequency specified in the award agreement. The disbursement of funds will be tied to submission of these reports in a timely manner.

All other details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement as well.

  1. CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions regarding this NOFO, please contact the Special Projects office at grantsmaseru@state.gov or +266 2231 2666 ext.4316