Small Grants

Small Grant Program

If you have a good idea how to improve life in your community, we may be able to help!  In the past five years, we awarded over 1 million US dollars, or approximately 11 million Pula, to support over 90 community-based projects throughout Botswana. Please see information below about the Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program and PEPFAR Small Grants Program to see if your organization can be funded and instructions how to apply.

Basic Information

  • Our funding has strict criteria for application. When submitting an application, ensure that you comply with all the requirements, otherwise your application will not be considered.
  • All applicants must be registered not-for-profit groups, associations, non-governmental organizations, faith or community based organizations.  The groups must be well established, operating for at least one year, and have a history of accomplishments.
  • We cannot fund or sponsor government schools, including prizes for school competitions.
  • We cannot fund or sponsor individuals.
  • We cannot fund private, for profit businesses or provide start-up costs.
  • We cannot fund one-time events, only events that are part of a long-term project.
  • We receive many requests for funding and can only fund a small number of projects. However, we take every request seriously.

1. Read Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the program you are applying for carefully.

2. Fill out mandatory application forms

  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)
  • SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs) 
  • SF424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs)

3. Prepare a Summary Coversheet – details in the above NOFO

4. Prepare a Proposal – details in the above NOFO (5 pages maximum) including:

  • Proposal Summary
  • Introduction to the Organization applying
  • Problem Statement
  • Program Goals and Objectives
  • Program Activities
  • Program Methods and Design
  • Proposed Program Schedule
  • Key Personnel
  • Program Partners
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
  • Future Funding or Sustainability

5. Budget Justification Narrative – details in the above NOFO

6. Attachments – details in the above NOFO

7. Required registrations:

All organizations applying for grants must obtain these registrations before sending in their applications.  All are free of charge:

8. Submit all above documentation to Small Grants Office – details in the above NOFO

The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program

Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program

The Ambassador’s Self Help Fund in Botswana provides grants to assist small-scale community development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level. The objective of the fund is to encourage self-reliance within local communities and to further U.S. Embassy health and development priorities in Botswana.

Projects must align with one or more U.S. Embassy priority:

  • Community-based natural resource management
  • Economic diversification, including small business creation and income generation
  • Social services to assist disadvantaged populations
  • Youth and child development

Current Funding Opportunities – Closes June 15, 2020 – (Extended)

The U.S. Embassy Gaborone announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to implement community-initiated development projects through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund (ASSHF) Small Grants Program.

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PEPFAR Small Grants Program

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)

We currently do not have open Funding Opportunities.