AFSA: Call For Applications For Small Project and Support Fund (SPSF) Program - April 2020

AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 27 February, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals


The Small Project and Support Fund (SPSF) is a project funded by Bread for the World (BfdW) to support small local initiatives that are made up of committed and dedicated people who may belong to any of these structures: self-help groups, community based organisations (CBO’s), faith based organisations (FBO’s) or smaller non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) or small local networks and their members working within their vicinity and context to improve the lives of the marginalised. The BfdW partner organisation AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) is the administrative partner (referred to as the “central project holder” (CPH)) of the SPSF and manages the programme autonomously based on criteria which have been mutually agreed with BfdW. Funding to successful applicants will be channelled through AFSA as the CPH.
The SPSF aims to empower communities to act and participate in their own development through actions that are designed, implemented and owned by the communities themselves. It will target grass-root initiatives that are known in their communities; at least 25% of the funded initiatives will be female led so as to address gender inequalities and drive female empowerment. For this pilot phase, the SPSF will run for 3 years; however, the maximum duration for each supported project or activity will be 1 year.

The SPSF has 2 components:

Component 1: Will support a maximum number of 10 small projects in Kwa Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, and Eastern Cape per annum. Selected applications will need to meet Ukusekela due diligence requirements and if approved, the applications could qualify for a maximum grant amount of 150.000 ZAR, depending on the number of projects supported. There are no thematic focus areas and applicants are encouraged submit applications that relate to work that will benefit their local communities.
In addition to the basic organisational and finance due diligence, organisations for consideration should meet the following criteria:

  • Locally registered and operational in KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape
  • Annual organisational budget is mot more than R1.5 million
  • Have been operational for at least two years

Component 2: Focuses on legal support, mobilisation and/or emergency support with regard to activities that protect human rights. The maximum number of organisations that can be supported under component 2 in each year of the SPSF is 5. The maximum grant amount for component 2 is 75.000 ZAR per funded activity. There are no geographical focus areas. Call for applications for component 2 are ongoing throughout the year and can be found on


  • To support the sub recipients to successfully implement their self-initiated development ideas and projects.
  • To build the capacity of the sub recipients to gain competence and experience in implementing their self-initiated products.
  • To equip the sub recipients with networking skills in order for them to be able to network with other actors in the field.


  • Any organisations that are currently being supported and funded by AFSA will not be eligible to apply for funds from the SPSF.
  • Organisations that are part of government structures or are in any way linked to government cannot be funded.
  • Organisations that are already being financed by BfdW cannot be supported through the SPSF.
  • Any project that requires a ‘top up’ to an existing project will not be eligible for funding.
  • Organisations with an annual budget of more than R1.5M ZAR will not be eligible to apply.
  • Only organisations that fall within the provinces mentioned under Component 1 (KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, and Eastern Cape) will be applicable for consideration. The organisations must operate (their office location/base) from any of the three mentioned provinces and implement their work there.
  • The grant will not support any HIV/AIDS related work.


  • All the sections of the application form must be completed in full.
  • All supporting documentation (including the budget template which you can download here) must be submitted with the application form.
  • Applications must be submitted at AFSA’s offices in person or via courier on or before Thursday 27 February 2020; the call for applications closes at 15h00 on 27 February 2020.

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