Application Process

Timeline and requirements to apply for a grant


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:

Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka

Former focus countries within the Data for Health Initiative will not be eligible for additional grants after they have reached the funding cap.

Vital Strategies, Inc. does not provide funding to countries subject to the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) sanctions.

Funding Cycles

Our funding cycle is now closed. Please check back in the fall for information about our next round of funding.

Funding Limits and Timeframe

Our funding cycle is now closed. Please check back in the fall for information about our next round of funding.


Elements of an Effective Proposal

A good project must have discrete and measurable deliverables aligned to the objectives of the Data for Health Initiative. Please view our one-pagers to learn more about completed projects in DI, CRVS, and CR.

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.

How to Apply

Step 1:
View and download the application guidance packet outlining recommendations for completing the grant application.

Download Application Guidance Packet

Step 2:
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.

Download Project Idea Form
Download Application Form

Step 3:
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.

Download Project Workplan and Budget
Download NGO Project Workplan and Budget

Step 4:
Please check back in the fall for information about our next round of funding.


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

Download FAQ

Review Process

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.


Post Award Actions

  • A provisional approval letter will be sent out with immediate next steps and contact information.
  • The fiscal agent, previously identified by the project team, will be issued a subgrant agreement for the project. A decision regarding the need for a Memorandum of Understanding will be made at this time.


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

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