NAC Community Sub Granting Mechanism

Zambia has a long and rich history of engaging community-based organizations in the provision of health care services.   Due to the resource constrained environment, both in scarcity of health care workers and overall funding for health, community organizations (CSOs, CBOs and NGOs) are recognized as an integral part of HIV diagnosis, treatment and care services. Since 2003, Zambia has initiated a number of different grant mechanisms which have attempted to enhance the voluntary response initiatives of the CBOs in the communities. The most significant of these was the Community Response to HIV&AIDS (CRAIDS).  CRAIDS was hosted under the Zambia National Response to HIV&AIDS (ZANARA) programme funded by the World Bank, Government of Zambia and DFID STARZ programme.  However, following the closure of CRAIDS, small Community Based Organizations that are critical in the AIDS response have been facing challenges accessing support.  Evoking the provisions of the NAC Act under Part III, section 13 sub sections 2(e) which states that NAC “shall develop mechanisms and guidelines to ensure speedy effective and direct delivery of resources and materials to affected communities and groups” a Community Sub Granting Mechanism was developed in 2012.
The purpose of the Community Response Sub-Grant Mechanism is to strengthen and scale-up existing, innovative and quick-win communities’ and local organizations’ response interventions at community level that are responding to HIV&AIDS in all or any of the following broad areas: prevention, treatment, care and support, and coordination at district and  sub-district level. To date, 35 CBOs from Livingstone, Lusaka, Solwezi and Nchelenge have been supported with grants totaling K900, 000.00.  Over 30,000 community members have been reached with various services such as HTC, e-MTCT, treatment adherence support, condom distribution and VMMC.

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PEPFAR Small Grants Program

The program is part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief aimed to assist community and faith-based organizations with the implementation of innovative projects in the areas of HIV and AIDS prevention and the care and support of orphans and vulnerable children, by providing financial assistance up to $20,000 per grant. 
The goal of the funding is to support impactful projects and enhance organizations’ capacity for sustainability.   Over the past 8 years, PEPFAR Small Grants assisted over 800 of Zambia’s grassroots organizations with the successful implementation of programs for HIV and AIDS prevention and care and support for orphans and vulnerable children.  Despite these achievements, a key challenge in implementing the Small Grants program is providing the support needed for rural organizations to effectively compete for these small grants.
The National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council (NAC) provides support through the District AIDS Task Force (DATF), a NAC structure at the district level working through the District AIDS Coordination Advisor (DACA).  The DATFs provide computer access, technical expertise, evidence based research on the best intervention practices, and endorsements for proposals that correspond with the National AIDS Strategic Framework (NASF).
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Grant Applications for provision of HIV prevention services to Key Populations

The USAID Open Doors project, a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to increase access to and use of comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services by Key Populations (KPs) in targeted provinces of Zambia, is seeking applications for grants through Expressions of Interest (EOI) and Request For Applications (RFA) from Zambian organizations (NGOs, CBOs, and FBOs) who champion the rights and health of Key Populations (KPs) in the following provinces; Central, Copperbelt, Lusaka, Southern and North-Western.

The USAID Open Doors project is being implemented by FHI 360 as the prime in Lusaka, Kabwe, Kitwe, Livingstone, Kapiri Mposhi, Chirundu, Chililabombwe, and Solwezi districts and is supported by the Zambia Health Education and Communications Trust (ZHECT), Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ) and Howard University (HU).

The USAID Open Doors project’s grants program is designed to work with local and/or community organization as Community Resource Partners (CRP) to implement a comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment package for KPs. Activities eligible for funding include:

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support Interventions for KPs
  • Alcohol and other Drug Use/Misuse
  • Social and Economic Empowerment
  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence(SGBV)/Intimate Partner Violence(IPV)
  • Mental health
  • Behavior Change Communication
  • Advocacy for uptake of Health Services


Awards range from ZMW10,000.00 to ZMW245,000.00 per grant for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months starting April, 2017.  Details on how to apply for the grant are posted in the NAC Sub-Granting Programs which has the Call for Expression of Interest (EOI), and Request for Applications (RFA) with associated attachments (Attachment A - Budget TemplateAttachment B - Staff Biodata Form, and Attachment C – Certifications). In addition, the Call for Expression of Interest is attached for Organizations that don’t meet the RFA requirements to be considered for Organisation Capacity Assessment and subsequent Institutional Improvement Planning and Implementation.

For further details, contact USAID Open Doors through the provided e-mail address, and send to Twalumba Jule – Contract Management Services Officer on

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