Timeline and requirements to apply for a grant
A good project must have discrete and measurable deliverables aligned to the objectives of the D4H Initiative.
It should also be:
1. evidence-based and integrate global best practices;
2. be clear on roles and responsibilities of key individuals and institutions during implementation;
3. incorporate a pathway for sustainability;
4. have a clear and measurable description of what success will look like at the end of the project.
The Global Grants Program (GGP) is targeted to ministries of health, statistical and other relevant agencies at the national, subnational or municipal levels in low-and middle-income countries that have not received funding from the Data for Health (D4H) Initiative. In certain instances, applications from national NGOs that have strong relationships with government will also be considered. Please note that international NGOs and multilateral agencies are not eligible to apply, but are urged to encourage government partners to apply directly for funding.
The following countries are already part of the D4H Initiative and not eligible to apply:
Vital Strategies, Inc. does not provide funding to countries subject to the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) sanctions.
The request for proposals is now open. Applicants must submit a Project Idea form by May 31 for initial screening. If the idea meets the funding criteria of the Global Grants Program, applicants will be invited to prepare a full-length proposal. Please see below for the complete timeline:
Up to $150,000 will be awarded for projects to be completed over 18 months. Shorter-term, highly-focused projects with lower budgets are encouraged.
A good project must have discrete and measurable deliverables aligned to the objectives of the Data for Health Initiative. Click here to learn more about what makes a successful project.
Please note that Project Idea forms and Applications must be submitted in English. Language support will be provided at the start of a project, if selected for funding.
View and download the application guidance packet outlining recommendations for completing the grant application.
Applicants must submit a Project Idea form for initial screening. If the idea meets the goals and mission of the GGP, applicants will be invited to prepare a full-length proposal.
Applications are submitted online, but Microsoft Word templates are available for applicants to prepare their responses ahead of submitting a formal request for funding.
Please do not email these attachments to our team as they will not be considered for funding. Only applications received via our online application platform will be reviewed.
Approved Project Ideas that are invited to prepare a proposal will be asked to include a project implementation plan, timeline and detailed budget in order to complete their application. Once applicants download the template below, project work plans should be developed to reflect key activities, corresponding costs and identify who on the project team is responsible for implementation. Once complete, applicants will upload their document within the last section of the proposal application.
Applicants will also be asked to identify a fiscal agent within their application. A fiscal agent is an entity that acts on behalf of the applicant to perform various fiscal duties such as the receipt, disbursement, and reconciliation of funds. The fiscal agent will manage and report on the funds that are disbursed for the project.
Please use the following link to access the application platform, create an account and submit a Project Idea form:
We are happy to help you with any questions, but we ask that you first check the following list before reaching out to our office with your question.
If questions remain after reviewing the document above, please email GGPinfo@vitalstrategies.org
Once the application cycle opens, any status updates or requests for more information will be shared via email throughout the application review process.
Project Ideas will be reviewed by the Global Grants Program team and comments may be provided to applicants for refinement and resubmission.
All grantees will be required to provide monthly updates on implementation. Quarterly reports are required on spending.
Grants will not be renewed, but country teams may submit proposals to scale-up work previously funded by GGP.
If you have any questions, please email GGPinfo@vitalstrategies.org
©2019 Vital Strategies - 100 Broadway, 4th Floor - New York, NY 10005 USA