Grant Programs

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:  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 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.

Provides funding to help community-based organizations launch small-scale sustainable development projects for income generation and quality of life improvements.

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 or email at

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