Grant Programs

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program 2021 | Closing 31 March, 2021

Funding Opportunity:  U.S. Mission Kampala will be accepting applications March 1- 31, 2021 for the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH) Program.  This program aims to support a wide variety of small-scale, community-based initiatives that promote self-reliance, foster development, and promise an immediate and dramatic effect on local communities.  Previously funded efforts include development projects (schools, health clinics, wells), projects that increase employment by helping communities develop marketable skills (village craft centers, agricultural cooperatives), and projects that focus on women’s empowerment and the environment.

 Please find the Notice of Funding Opportunity, application instructions and templates for this year’s Self Help grant process here: https://ug.usembassy.gov/notice-of-funding-opportunity-nofo-ambassadors-special-self-help-program-2021-closing-31-march-2021/.  Applications must be received after 12:00am on Monday, March 1, 2021 and before 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  Any applications received before the start date or after the deadline will not be considered.  Applicants who applied last year must submit a new application to be considered for this year.  Due to the large number of proposals we receive, we are only able to contact the selected grantees.  Thank you for your interest in the program, and we look forward to reviewing your application.

 For SSH 2021, we will prioritize projects focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment. All applications will be accepted, but priority will be given to those two focus areas.

 Please note: This call for applications does not constitute a guarantee that any proposals will be funded.  The number and total value of the final awards is dependent on available funds.

To find the Notice of Funding, the application and Budget annex templates, please click here:

The Small Grants Program at U.S. Mission Uganda consists of two small-scale development funds. The goal of these funds is to assist and encourage communities in becoming self-reliant, improve basic socio-economic conditions, decrease the impact of the global AIDS pandemic, and create opportunities for a brighter future for orphans and vulnerable children.


Uganda: DHAPP—Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) Partnership for Sustainable HIV Epidemic Control

NOTE: Application submissions for this narrative are due by 5pm ET on January 27, 2021. Submission received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Introduction The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been devastating and negatively affected many militaries and other uniformed organizations worldwide by reducing military readiness, limiting deployments, causing physical and emotional decline in infected individuals and their families, posing risks to military personnel and their extended communities, and impeding peacekeeping activities. As HIV management improves, many of these impacts are disappearing, however, militaries now need to sustain life-long HIV treatment for their HIV-infected beneficiaries in addition to other long-term chronic disease management issues.

Download Detailed Grant Solicitation Document | Uganda DHAPP_RAA PA_2020_ 28 Dec 2020 Revision

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The U.S. Government (USG) has a long history of international collaboration and partnerships in the fight against HIV/AIDS, providing funding, technical assistance, and program support. These collaborations are all contributing to HIV epidemic control.


U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration 2021 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees  | Closing: Friday, January 29, 2021

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The U.S. Embassy in Kampala, under the auspices of the Office of the Regional Refugee Coordinator, is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity through the 2021 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees.

What is the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees?    The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is an initiative by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees. Created in 2000, the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees supports projects that fill gaps in refugee services not already being addressed by other organizations and that can be filled locally.  Successful projects are those that are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are already receiving U.S. government funding.


NOFO: Mobile Bus (Nile Explorer 2.0) Program Operation | Closing: September 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM (UTC+3)

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The U.S. Embassy, Kampala, Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce an open competition to manage a mobile American Space. The “Nile Explorer” is a large bus decorated in red, white, and blue. It sparks excitement for learning, and particularly STEM learning, as it travels the country with computers, books, and other educational games and resources. It has been in operation since 2017. This bus travels throughout Uganda, promoting American culture and values while conducting programming for primary and secondary students in four major areas: American culture, STEM, literacy and a love of reading, and life skills. The bus occasionally supports other U.S. mission initiatives like educational advising (EducationUSA), limited-duration thematic programs like the 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence, or special events like concerts or festival appearances. The programming is supported by a staff of instructors and a collection of materials like books, periodicals, films, computers with internet access, and games such as building bricks. This connects Ugandans in underserved areas with educational opportunities and serving as a program venue for U.S. Embassy Staff and visiting speakers. The bus has benefitted from coordination with U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in schools across Uganda, but as Peace Corps operations are currently suspended due to COVID-19, proposals should not depend upon this resource to coordinate visits or liaise with teachers and school administrators.


Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0006738

Opportunity title: Building Tolerance in Education Systems in Uganda

Closing date: June 2, 2020

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Funding opportunity description: This two-step research and capacity building and curriculum development program will help inform key Ugandan decision-makers’ efforts to (a) understand the sources of materials and training in Ugandan primary and secondary Islamic education systems and (b) develop strategies to integrate concepts of inclusion, pluralism, and religious tolerance in primary and secondary education curricula in religious and secular schools. The first component will assess the diverse range of religious curricula and instruction in Uganda, initially focusing on primary and secondary Islamic schools. The second component will work with CSO, Embassy staff, and Ugandan stakeholders to facilitate activities in Uganda, which may include providing technical assistance in drafting curriculum guidelines, providing input into teacher training curriculum, instructional quality assurance, assessment consistency, policy support, or other activities, in order to increase religious tolerance, pluralism, inclusion, and critical thinking in education curricula in all (both religious and secular) classroom settings.


Funding Opportunity:  U.S. Mission Kampala will be accepting applications March 1- 31, 2020 for the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH) Program.  This program aims to support a wide variety of small-scale, community-based initiatives that promote self-reliance, foster development, and promise an immediate and dramatic effect on local communities.  Previously funded efforts include development projects (schools, health clinics, wells), projects that increase employment by helping communities develop marketable skills (village craft centers, agricultural cooperatives), and projects that focus on women’s empowerment and the environment. 

Please find the Notice of Funding Opportunity, application instructions and templates for this year’s Self Help grant process here: https://ug.usembassy.gov/embassy/kampala/grant-programs/self-help-grant/.  Applications must be received after 12:00am on Sunday, March 1, 2020 and before 11:59pm on Monday, March 31, 2020.  Any applications received before the start date or after the deadline will not be considered.  Applicants who applied last year must submit a new application to be considered for this year.  Due to the large number of proposals we receive, we are only able to contact the selected grantees.  Thank you for your interest in the program, and we look forward to reviewing your application.

For SSH 2020, we will prioritize projects focusing on gender equality, women’s empowerment, and environmental protection/impact.  Applications in other focus areas will be considered as well. 

Please note: This call for applications does not constitute a guarantee that any proposals will be funded.  The number and total value of the final awards is dependent on available funds.

The Small Grants Program at U.S. Mission Uganda consists of two small-scale development funds. The goal of these funds is to assist and encourage communities in becoming self-reliant, improve basic socio-economic conditions, decrease the impact of the global AIDS pandemic, and create opportunities for a brighter future for orphans and vulnerable children.


Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program 2020 | Closing 31 March, 2020

Embassy Kampala expects to have approximately $50,000 available to support five to eight organizations, subject to the availability of funding. Grants are typically between $5,000 and $10,000 per project. Project proposals should include a period of performance starting after September 2020 and concluding by September 2021.


PEPFAR UGANDA COMMUNITY GRANTS TO COMBAT HIV/AIDS

PEPFAR Uganda Small Grants Notice Of Funding Opportunity FY-2019

This Notice of Funding closed on August 30, 2019. If you submitted a proposal, the PEPFAR Uganda office will contact you in the coming months.


AMBASSADOR’S SPECIAL SELF-HELP FUND
Provides funding to help community-based organizations launch small-scale sustainable development projects for income generation and quality of life improvements.

SMALL GRANTS AND PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
The Peace Corps is a U.S. Government Volunteer agency that provides service opportunity for motivated American changemakers to immerse themselves in service for two years in a community abroad, working side by side with local communities to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. The agency currently operates in over 60 countries around the world, and first established a presence in Uganda in 1964. Peace Corps Uganda has more than 165 Peace Corps Volunteers based in over 50 districts around the country, focusing on capacity building in agribusiness, education, and health. Whereas Peace Corps is not a funding agency, it is an integral part of the U.S. mission’s vision of realizing a stronger Uganda one community at a time. Please contact Peace Corps Uganda to find out more about partnering opportunities by visiting their website at https://www.peacecorps.gov/uganda/ or email at info@ug.peacecorps.gov.

Fraud and Scam Warning:
The U.S. Embassy never asks for any form of payment or registration fee related to Embassy grants or the grant application process. Payments should never be given to a third party in connection to U.S. Embassy grants. Any communication from the U.S. Embassy concerning your grant or grant application will only come from official U.S. government emails, which end in @state.gov. If you suspect you are a target of fraud, please contact the Small Grants office at the U.S. Embassy.