PEPFAR Community Grants

PEPFAR Community Grants Program provides direct funding to Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) located in districts heavily affected by HIV in Mozambique. Implemented in Mozambique since 2008, each year the program invites interested organizations to submit applications for funding. Since the beginning of its implementation, many organizations were founded, including REDES and JUNTOS. These organizations were PAS and PEPFAR partners for more than 10 years implementing HIV/AIDS prevention activities for girls in secondary schools.  They were crucial partners at the time as they were organized by regions, North, Centre and South, and they would choose one province to get all together for mass students activities, including science and health fairs in the schools. Both organizations were created and lead by Peace Corps Volunteers.

Currently, Community Grants Program is implemented by the United States Department of State through the PEPFAR Coordination Office (PCO).

Community grants program currently funds 19 community-based organizations, which receive up to 1.5 million meticais ($25,000) per organization to develop community-led monitoring activities. These are planned, coordinated, executed and monitored with the involvement of the Civil Society Platform for Health (PLASOC- M), which also is supported by the PEPFAR Community Grants Program for their capacity building.

The supported organizations carry out various activities at the community level, which include:

  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Supporting adherence to ART in the community
  • Promotion of campaigns to reduce stigma and discrimination and gender-based violence, among others.

The Community Grants Program is a critical component of PEPFAR because it reaches local communities, building the capacity of community-based and community-driven organizations, resulting in direct impact on the lives of those funded. For  COP 21, starting in October 2021,  PEPFAR Community Grants Program will cover six provinces, namely Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, and Nampula Nampula, corresponding to 44 districts.


Community-Led Monitoring   

Community-led Monitoring (CLM) is an accountability mechanism for the national HIV response, led and implemented by local community-led organizations of people living with HIV (PLHIV), networks of Key Populations (KPs), or other affected groups. In Mozambique the CLM began in COP 20 and the funded organizations documents the experiences of beneficiaries of HIV services in a routine and systematic manner, using data routinely collected from clinic users by trained, paid clinic monitors. These data focus on the accessibility and quality of HIV services. These data are analyzed by communities and used to develop community-led interventions at the facility, district, provincial and national levels to correct the problems uncovered by community-led monitoring, ultimately leading to improved HIV outcomes.

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) guidance for the Country Operational Plan for FY22 (COP 21) states that it is a minimum program requirement that HIV affected populations are provided continuous, quality, client-centered services, and that independent, routine, national community-led monitoring efforts to improve the accessibility and quality of services are part of the HIV response. Towards this end,  PEPFAR Coordination Office finances Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and other civil society groups to initiate, lead, and implement community-led monitoring (CLM). Technical assistance, including training on methods and tools as well as other needed support, are provided to all recipient organizations.

The main activities of the CLM includes:

  • Qualitative data collection (Observation at Health Facilities and patient interviews, focus group discussions, individual testimonies and door-to-door interviews);
  • Conduct community education sessions around the Health Rights of PLHIV;
  • Convene smaller groups to sound out concerns/claims regarding barriers to care and treatment;
  • Participate in health committees (community) and co-management committees (Health Unit);
  • Collaborate with Health Unit staff to ensure presentation/discussion of patient-reported complaints and seek resolution of complaints that meet the needs of patients and PLHIV.

PEPFAR Community Grant Proposal Workshop – July 13-14, 2021

Please find below the meeting resources:

Community Led Monitoring Funding Opportunity

Please find in the links below the application forms for the PEPFAR Community Led Monitoring – Mozambique grants. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on August 08, 2021.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

U.S. Embassy Maputo

President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

PEPFAR Community Grants Program

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Section A.  Funding Opportunity Program Description

Assistance Instrument Type:          Grant

Funding Opportunity Title:             PEPFAR Community Led Monitoring – Mozambique

Funding Opportunity Number:      MAPUTO-PCO-FY22-01

Assistance Number:                          19.029 — The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS                                                                Relief Programs

Funding Amount:                             $25,000 USD

Number of Awards:                          24

Key Dates:                                                   Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM on August 8th, 2021

Notification of project approval and award signing expected by September/October 2021.

Eligibility Category:                               Non-profit Mozambican Community Based organizations (CBOs) that are led by People Living With or Affected by HIV and networks of Key Populations

Executive Summary:

The U.S. Embassy in Mozambique/Bureau of Africa at the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announces this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Community-Led Monitoring.

A Grant for up to $25,000 U.S. Dollars (USD) in FY 2022 will be awarded for work that will support Community-Led Monitoring.  The expected period of performance is 12 months.

Geographic Region: 

Projects which may be funded will cover the following Geographic Regions:

PEPFAR-supported HIV treatment sites in Maputo Province, Inhambane Province

Gaza Province, Nampula Province, Manica Province, Sofala Province.

Note: Projects will be in these provinces with districts and health facility sites determined after

proposal selection and in coordination with other donors and implementing partners. Funder will ensure that sites will not overlap with current organizations supporting community led monitoring activities at the same health facility or in the same communities.

The selection committee will endeavor to fund organizations in each of the selected provinces.

Should there not be a proposal submitted from one of the provinces listed above, the discretion

will fall to the PEPFAR Coordination Office to determine which additional organizations to fund.

A.1. Background:

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) guidance for the Country Operational Plan for FY22 (COP 21) states that it is a minimum program requirement that HIV affected populations are provided continuous, quality, client-centered services, and that independent, routine, national community-led monitoring efforts to improve the accessibility and quality of services are part of the HIV response. Towards this end, the PEPFAR Coordination Office intends to finance Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and other civil society groups to initiate, lead, and implement community-led monitoring (CLM). Community-led Monitoring is an accountability mechanism for the national HIV response, led and implemented by local community-led organizations of people living with HIV (PLHIV), networks of Key Populations (KPs), or other affected groups. These organizations will document the experiences of beneficiaries of HIV services in a routine and systematic manner, using data routinely collected from clinic users by trained, paid clinic monitors. These data will focus on the accessibility and quality of HIV services. These data will be analyzed by communities and used to develop community-led interventions at the facility, district, provincial and national levels to correct the problems uncovered by community-led monitoring, ultimately leading to improved HIV outcomes.

Technical assistance, including training on methods and tools as well as other needed support, will be provided to all recipient organizations.

A.2. Program Objectives:

Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The Recipient agrees to perform the program and meet the specific objectives below:

  1. Education on health-related rights for PLHIV;
  2. Listening, monitoring, and resolving complaints and concerns;
  3. Independent evidence-based advocacy based on findings from community-led monitoring.

A.3. Expected Results

Expected results include the following:

  • Improve the quality of services provided at the health facility;
  • Create demand for humanized health services;
  • Increase the proportion of PLHIV on treatment retained in ART at the health facility.

A.4. Main Activities

To achieve the goals and expected results, the program should include the following:

  • Implement 4 cycles of CLM, including quantitative and qualitative data collection (health facility observation and patient interviews, focus group discussions, individual testimonies and door to door interviews);
  • Conduct community education sessions around health rights for PLHIV;
  • Convene smaller groups to hear concerns/grievances regarding barriers to care and treatment;
  • Participate in the health (community) and co-management (facility) committees;
  • Collaborate with health facility staff to ensure presentation/discussion of grievances reported by patients and to seek resolution of grievances that meet the needs of patients and PLHIV;

A.5. Performance Indicators

The following are required indicators.

  • Output 1: Number of barriers/grievances identified per session
  • Output 2: Number of actions taken, and the results obtained based on grievances identified
  • Output 3: Reach to patients at the health facility (numbers of unique patients reached with sessions)

Other indicators will be developed according to the national CLM program guidance, which is currently being finalized.

Section B. Eligibility Information

B.1. Eligible Applicants

The PEPFAR Community Grants Office welcomes applications from:

  • registered non-profit Mozambican organizations that are led by People Living With (Infected) or Affected by HIV focusing on Key Population groups (female sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and prisoners), youth (adolescent boys and adolescent girls), young men, and HIV+ individuals with disabilities.

The following organizations are NOT eligible to apply in response to this NOFO:

  • For-profit and commercial firms;
  • Civil Society Organizations that do not fall within the definition of community-led or KP-led organizations

Section C. Application and Submission Information

Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM on August 8th, 2021. Please refer to the NOFO Guidance on https://mz.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar-us-presidents-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief/pepfar-community-grants/ for further details on Application and Submission.

C.1. Content and Form of Application Submission 

Any prospective applicant who has questions concerning the contents of this NOFO should submit them by email to maputopepfarcommunitygrants@state.gov.

Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Application must have the following format:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity;
  • All documents are in English;
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars;
  • All pages are numbered;
  • All documents are formatted to A4 paper, and
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

Complete applications must include the following required documents listed below and proposals must be submitted using the attached template. You can also access the template https://mz.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar-us-presidents-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief/pepfar-community-grants/

  1. Mandatory application forms that must be completed and signed:

*These include SF-424, SF424A, SF424B. Forms are available electronically via www.grants.gov.

  1. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant’s name and organization, and brief purpose of the program.
  2. Table of Contents that lists application contents and attachments.
  3. 4. Proposal Narrative (10 pages maximum)

Please see the “Narrative Components” section below for details on the information to include in the proposal.  (The 10-page limit does not include the Summary Page, Table of Contents, Budget, Budget Narrative, Letter of Disclosure, Letters of Institutional Support, CVs, Official permission letters, SF-424s).

Narrative Components: the proposal must include the following information:

  • Executive Summary
  • Organizational Capacity and Past Performance
  • Program Strategy
  • Management Plan
  • Program Partners
  • Future Funding or Sustainability
  1. Summary Budget and Detailed Line-Item Budget
  2. Budget Narrative
  3. Work Plan and Project Timeline: Refer to Guidance document on https://mz.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar-us-presidents-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief/pepfar-community-grants/ for Workplan and Project Timeline information which must be included.
  4. CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program.
  • Include names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program. What proportion of their time will be used in support of this program?
  • Note the location where key staff will be based.
  1. Official permission letters, if required for program activities.

C.2. Required Registrations:

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number)
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • SAM.gov registration

C.3. Funding Restrictions

The following activities and costs are not covered under this announcement. Please refer to this link https://mz.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar-us-presidents-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief/pepfar-community-grants/ for a full list of activities that are not funded under this funding announcement.

  • Direct support or the appearance of direct support for any religious organization, to include repair or building of structures used for religious purposes;
  • Duplication of services immediately available through municipal, provincial, or national government;
  • Expenses made prior to the approval of a proposal or unreasonable expenditures will not be reimbursed;
  • Charitable or development activities;
  • Lobbying for specific legislation or projects;
  • Projects intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization;
  • Projects seeking funds for personal use;
  • Projects that require a participation fee.

C.4. Other Submission Requirements

Attachments: Please download the attachments listed below on https://mz.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar-us-presidents-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief/pepfar-community-grants/

Attachment 1: Budget Guidance and Template for New Awards (FY2021)

Attachment 2: Budget Narrative Template – Sample Format

Attachment 3: Proposal Template