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Grant Programs

U.S. Embassy Grants

This Self-help fund provides small, short-term grants (one year) to community groups that are working to improve the basic economic and social conditions of their villages or communities. The fund provides grants for activities such as construction of classrooms, construction of community centers and health clinics, boreholes for access to clean water, income-generation activities, school equipment and supplies, medical equipment, solar heating and agricultural kits among others listed in our guidelines.

The PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Community Grants Program, funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), awards community-initiated projects in Lesotho which assist and promote orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and HIV/AIDS infected persons. Examples of grants provided in the past include: recycling program, piggery, poultry, aloe-based products, candle making and bakery equipment.

PEFPAR Gender Challenge Fund, funded by PEPFAR, is a gender-based program that provides capacity building and grants to small female-operated businesses. This program supports and builds upon the work accomplished by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) through the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA Lesotho) gender based activities.

The Democracy and Human Rights Fund II (DHRF II) is one of a variety of programs used by the U.S. government to promote and defend civil and political rights, strengthen democratic institutions and civil society, and foster democratic values and practices in the states of Sub-Saharan Africa.  The fund provides grants up to $12,000 to indigenous organizations for small, focused, high-impact, and short-term (one year) activities that promote or defend democratic institutions, civil society, an independent judiciary, free and fair electoral processes, freedom of religion, and human rights. 

Competitive Grant Solicitation for
Research on Trafficking in Persons in Supply Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons announces an open competition for funding of one or more projects to answer the following research question: How do supply chains that touch sub-Saharan Africa operate and intersect with trafficking in persons, and prevent trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa?

The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons announces an open competition for funding of projects to provide technical assistance to governments in sub-Saharan Africa to improve their capacity to combat trafficking in persons.

For more information, please contact the Special Projects Office of the U.S. Embassy at GrantsMaseru@state.gov or +266.2231.2666