PEPFAR Small Grants

Ambassador Miller with the Participants of LEAD Girl Networking Conference
Ambassador Miller with the Participants of LEAD Girl Networking Conference

If you have a good idea how to improve life in your community, we may be able to help!  Since 2000, we granted over 1.7 million US dollars, or approximately 14 million Pula, to support community-based projects throughout Botswana.


NOFO Number: AFREO-17-GR-001-AF-011717

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic and seeks to assist countries in achieving epidemic control and an AIDS-free generation. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally.

The PEPFAR Small Grants Program is funded by PEPFAR, which supports the Government of Botswana in the national response to HIV/AIDS.  As part of this national response, the PEPFAR Small Grants Program seeks to support small, grassroots, community-run projects throughout Botswana.

PEPFAR Small Grants activities must focus on:

  • Key populations: female sex workers (FSW), men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Priority populations: Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), people living with HIV (PLHIV)

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.

Most grants are between $5,000 and $15,000 (approximately P50,000 and 150,000) although they can be as large as $25,000 (P250,000).

Grants are awarded for a one-year period. Download requirements and application form.