Request for Applications from Lesotho non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs) or communities of faith (COF)

FHI 360: Annual Programme Statement (APS)


Request for Applications from Lesotho non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs) or communities of faith (COF)

APS Ref No: APS-CDS-14-00015L


FHI 360 is an independent NPO serving in more than 60 countries, committed to resolve critical social problems throughout the world. FHI 360 was awarded a five-year Capacity Development and Support Program in June 2014 to develop the organizational management, technical capacity and sustainability of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Southern African Governments including Lesotho, to sustain an improved, expanded, and country-led response to HIV and AIDS. Its mission is to improve lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions for human development.

FHI 360 seeks applications from Lesotho non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs) or communities of faith (COF) for grants in support of a one-year Faith-based and Community Initiative (FCI) implemented in Lesotho in both the Lowlands and Highlands Districts. This initiative is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and managed by FHI 360. The goal of the FCI initiative is to rapidly increase the proportion of men and children living with HIV who know their status, are linked to care and have viral load suppression and strengthen child justice through the following objectives (priorities).

Objective (Priority) 1: To engage communities of faith to reach men and children with HIV testing and services, understand the epidemic, and raise community awareness through the dissemination of the new messages of hope; stigma reduction and non-adherence related to faith healing and demand creation for HIV testing particularly self-testing.

Objective (Priority) 2: To strengthen justice for children through the promotion of child safeguarding policies and education on sexual violence.

The FCI Model will be implemented within the COFs including chiefs, traditional healers, and initiation school leaders in all districts in the highlands and lowlands. The focus of implementation will be in high activity locations and densely populated areas to increase HIV case finding, linkages and retention to treatment in urban settings.

Applicants are expected to respond to two objectives in both the highlands and lowlands or either of the two areas. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with other existing community-based organisations, civil society service providers and primary healthcare clinics to fully meet all objectives and ensure that the project will be effectively implemented. This collaboration, which may take the form of formal or informal partnerships or networks, will promote the long-term sustainability of the intervention.

Pre-submission workshops will be held at the following venues: Maseru District (Avani Maseru Hotel), 12th November 2019.  Mohale’s Hoek District (Mount Maluti Hotel), 13th November 2019 and Leribe District (Mountain View Hotel), 14th November 2019. Questions concerning this APS must be submitted in writing via email to [email protected] (with APS number APS-CDS-14-0015L in email subject line as a reference). Questions relating to this APS will be accepted until November 14, 2019 and responses to all questions will be on the website on November 15, 2019. Questions will not be accepted by any other means. If it is determined that the answers to any questions are of sufficient importance to warrant a response, a Questions and Answers document and/or an amendment to the APS will be issued and posted to It is the responsibility of the organization to monitor this website for any amendments that may be posted later.

A detailed Annual Programme Statement (APS) entitled “Faith-based and Community Initiative” is found at The APS provides guidelines on the grant application process, presubmission workshops and details on expected key activities. Please read the APS in its entirety and ensure that your response addresses all the items listed in the Technical Application Instructions and in the Evaluation Criteria (Section B).

Applications should be submitted in English by November 19, 2019, at 5:00pm (Maseru time). Applications submitted after the closing date/time shall not be considered. Four (4) hard copies of the application should be delivered or couriered to First Floor Lenyora House in Maseru. Only selected applicants will be contacted and/or advised of the outcome.