U.S. Embassy Grants
- Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund (Fiscal Year 2012: $50,000)
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, and boreholes for access to clean water.
- PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Community Grants (Fiscal Year 2012: $112,500)
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.
- PEPFAR Gender Challenge Fund (Fiscal Year 2012: $300,000)
The PEFPAR Gender Challenge Fund, funded by PEPFAR, is a Gender-based program that will provide 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 grants are only available for the women who have already been trained by MCA Lesotho.
- PEPFAR Scholarship Program (Fiscal Year 2012: $100,000)
The PSP provides scholarships for the retention of girls and boys who would otherwise have no means of staying in school. Mentoring and health training for the students complements the scholarship program. Students are awarded scholarships on the basis of academic merit, income, and the effects of HIV/AIDS on the child or family. This program is a continuation of the Ambassador's Girls Scholarship Program which ended in December 2011. We are no longer accepting new students in this program.
- Public Affairs Grants Program
Public Affairs grants are intended for local representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations and universities. They support projects to: 1. Encourage Entrepreneurship and/or sustainable economic growth in Lesotho. 2. Strengthen people-to-people ties to deepen the partnership between Lesotho and the United States. 3. Expand media engagement and/pr public awareness on issues of women's rights, Trafficking in Persons, HIV/AIDS, and/or democracy.
MCC assists in various projects including healthcare.
Millennium Challenge Corporation in Lesotho assists in various projects including the healthcare sector.
For more information, please contact the Special Projects Section of the U.S. Embassy at GrantsMaseru@state.gov or +266.2231.2666