Funding for Community Based Organizations in South Africa to address HIV and AIDS

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Deadline: 30 April 2019

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) HIV and AIDS Community Grants Program provides direct funding to community based organizations in the districts with the highest HIV burden in South Africa, that are providing services within HIV testing and counseling, HIV prevention and/or community-based care and support for people living with HIV (PLHIV).

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All organizations funded through the Community Grants Program must be providing one or more of the following services:

  • Community based Care and Support – This is service delivery specifically for PLHIV, which includes activities such as adherence clubs, support groups, defaulter tracing and case management.
  • HIV Testing and Counseling – This includes geographic or population targeted HIV testing and counseling services (HTS) such as index, ‘hotspot’ or workplace testing, or testing hard to reach populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, men aged 20-49 and migrant laborers. Please note, general testing campaigns will not be considered.
  • HIV Prevention – This includes evidence based* prevention programs and/or targeted community mobilization that focused on one or more of the following categories:
    • HIV prevention
    • Stigma and discrimination
    • Norms and behavior change
    • Gender based violence
    • Prevention of HIV and sexual violence
    • Child protection
    • Positive parenting

*Evidence based means that the program uses a specific curriculum, implementation is monitored and can be measured and the program has been proven to yield positive results.

The Community Grants Program funds the programmatic costs associated with these activities, which may include supplies/materials, personnel, transport, equipment, furniture, training and/or administration in the context of the above activities. Effective implementation of any of these activities may also require building the capacity of civil society organizations in areas such as monitoring and evaluation and case management, as such, capacity building directly related to HIV activities is also considered for funding.

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Funding Information

Grant implementation can be for one or two years with a maximum budget request of R600,000.

Eligibility Criteria

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All community based organizations are encouraged to apply, particularly those serving key or priority populations, as well as PLHIV and faith based organizations.

  • Key populations include: sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons, people in prisons and people who inject drugs
  • Priority populations include: adolescent girls and youth women, adult men, clients of sex workers, displaced persons, military, mobile/migrant populations and non-injecting drug users

Organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply for funding:

  • Be a registered NPO, NPC or Trust in South Africa
  • Serve HIV-affected, infected and/or high-risk populations
  • Be implementing within one or more of the 27 PEPFAR priority districts
  • Been in operation for at least two years
  • Not be receiving any other direct funding from the U.S. Government
  • Not be receiving funding as a sub-recipient of a PEPFAR partner
  • If an organization is a previous Community Grants recipient, the previous award must have closed more than a year prior to the start of this grant period, which means prior to October 1, 2018.

How to Apply

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In order to apply to the Community Grants Program, an organization must first register on the Community Grants Program via the given website.

For more information, please visit

  • Avatar B T Mathaba says:

    Where do we find forms for the funding if you want to apply

  • Avatar ASIIMWE ALOYSIOUS says:

    Hi am Asiimwe Aloysious from Nsambya carpentry and crafts development association ltd by grantee
    (NSACADA) We request to know if we qualify for that grant ,we skill youth from street and we provide them with skills in carpentry,tailoring,welding,knitting,etc we want to know if we can use that grant to promote awareness among the youths to prevent HIV/AIDS in our organization and the community at large

    • Avatar Reena says:


      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity. You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfil the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Shadrack Ramoba says:

    Please advise as to which organisations provide funding for projects on GBV.

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