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.
Through a variety of programs in education, HIV/AIDS, business development, and culture, the Office of Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Lesotho works to support Basotho projects in three main areas: economic development of women and youth, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and democracy and human rights.
For more information, please contact the Special Projects Office of the U.S. Embassy at GrantsMaseru@state.gov or +266.2231.2666
How to Apply
The application period for 2015 is now closed. PEPFAR Small Grants Fund applications will be made available in September 2015 and U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund applications will be made available again in early 2016 so please check back then. If you'd like to be added to the distribution list, please email GrantsMaseru@state.gov with your contact details and the grant you are interested in so that an application can be sent to you when it becomes available.
If you have questions about the application process or grant criteria, please call +266 2231 2666 x4119 or email GrantsMaseru@state.gov.