THET Africa Grants Programme 2017–2019

Application deadline- 12 November 2017

Funded by Johnson & Johnson and managed by THET, the Africa Grants Programme (AGP) began in 2016 and provides funding to seven health partnerships across Africa. THET has previously worked with Johnson & Johnson to manage the Strengthening Surgical Capacity programme. Projects under this scheme focused on reducing morbidity and mortality from conditions requiring surgical intervention and/or enhancing patient safety as a result of improved anaesthetic care.  Under this scheme 1,390 health professionals have been trained helping to improve care to thousands of patients.

Projects under the AGP 2017-19 Call for Applications must operate within LMICs in Africa and will focus on strengthening the healthcare workforce in one of the following two target areas:

Stream 1: Surgical and Anaesthetic Care

This stream will focus on reducing morbidity and mortality from conditions requiring surgical intervention and/or enhancing patient safety as a result of improved anaesthetic care through the training of relevant health workers. The aim of this stream is to improve the access to, and availability of, quality surgery and anaesthetic care (particularly for maternal, neonatal or paediatric surgical conditions).

 Stream 2: Community Healthcare

This stream will focus on increasing the availability and quality of essential healthcare (including attended births) and health information to underserved populations, including women and children, by training those who work and serve in the community. The stream will support projects focused on the training of cadres working in the community (Clinical Officers, Community Health Workers, etc.), which is aligned with the national strategy and policies in-country. Partners will work at the rural and district level, outside the central hospital systems

Grant and duration

Grants are available for periods of between six and sixteen months, and will begin from 1st January 2018 onwards. All project activity must be completed by 30th April 2019. Grants are available from £15,000 up to £50,000.

Country Eligibility

The core requirements for the Africa Grants Programme 2017 are as follows:

  • Grant recipients must be eligible organisations under this programme (see Q&A document)
  • Applications must be made by eligible partnerships under this programme (see Q&A document)
  • Projects must fit within the parameters of either stream 1 or stream 2, as outlined above
  • Project budgets cannot exceed £50,000
  • Projects must operate within LMICs in Africa.

Project and Partnership Requirement

If the core requirements and country eligibility are met, applications will then be judged throughout the application process against the following criteria:

  • The project is single, coherent and time-bound, and deliverable within the budget and timeline proposed and agreed with THET
  • The project contributes to the overall purpose of the AGP
  • The project is aligned with overseas country policies and plans
  • The approach to the project is appropriate and relevant to the local context
  • The project is based on recognised good practice
  • The project considers how it will benefit women, children and underserved communities
  • The project aims are clear and logical with a focus on measurable outcomes
  • The project demonstrates value for money
  • The partnership has the capacity to deliver the project
  • The project effectively engages short- and/or long-term volunteers in order to deliver project activities.
  • Applications that are clearly rooted in a sustainable partnership will be regarded favourably.
  • Partnerships may submit more than one application. However, applicants should be aware that there is a limited amount of funding available and as such THET is unlikely to fund more than one project per partnership. Applicants are encouraged to focus on quality rather than quantity.

Grant Covers

  • Training and workshop costs, e.g. venue costs, refreshments and training materials (but not per diems, please see below)
  • National and International economy class travel only
  • Travel and associated costs, e.g. travel insurance (if not already covered by a central institution policy), accommodation, subsistence, visas and vaccinations
  • Activity communication costs (cost related to activity overseas) e.g. teleconferencing, telephone and eLearning
  • Publications and the development of web pages
  • Equipment up to a maximum of 20% of the total grant budget (this includes both medical and office equipment)
  • Bank charges for transfer of funds between partners and to others
  • Project management costs. This can include project staff salary contributions for part time or full time posts required to deliver the project within the set project period. THET would not expect this to ever exceed 20% of the total budget and this will form a key component of the value for money assessment of grant applications. Communication around management, e.g. telephone and internet costs, office costs and administrative support is included here
  • Consultancy costs up to 5% of the total budget. THET would expect technical expertise to be delivered by volunteers
  • Monitoring and evaluation costs. THET would expect this to form 5 – 20% of your budget
  • Contingency up to 1.5% of the total budget to factor in exchange rate variances and/or bank charges.

AGP will not fund:

  • Entertainment costs (costs associated with entertaining individuals and/or groups of people, usually involving eating, drinking and other hospitality)
  • Staff salaries for permanent staff, including any hired as a consequence of the project (see above with regard to project management and support costs)
  • Costs relating to the delivery of health services outside of the scope of the project
  • Capital costs (costs which cover the building or construction of new facilities or infrastructure)
  • Per diems (daily allowances given to individuals to cover living expenses whilst travelling. Travel expenses such as accommodation, subsistence should be claimed as per expenditure – see above).

Application and Selection Process

Pre-application Webinar

  • A pre-application webinar will take place on Monday 9th October 2017 from 12pm to 1pm UK time. This will explain the purpose of the AGP 2017-19 grants Call and run through the application process in more detail. It is recommended that a representative from each side of the partnership (UK/Irish partner and LMIC partner) interested in applying attend.
  • To register, please click on the link below or copy and paste it in your browser:
  • Once registered, you will receive webinar joining instructions and reminders via our webinar platform, ZOOM. If you have not received confirmation of your registration from ZOOM within the next hour, please contact for assistance. Follow the link to check that your computer or mobile device is compatible with ZOOM here.
  • If unable to attend the webinar, please note that the recording will be made available online on THET’s website and YouTube channel until the application closing date.
  • THET strongly advises potential applicants to join this webinar or access the recording online if unable to attend.

Application Process

  • This opportunity is now open for grant applications from 3rd October 2017 until 12th November 2017.
  • Download and read all of the following documents: Call for Applications and Grant Application Form and Budget Template.
  • Please also download the Q&A document for important information and examples on how to complete your application.
  • The Grant Application Form and Budget Template should be completed and submitted in one email to by midnight 12th November 2017.
  • If you do not receive an acknowledgment from us within 48 hours, please assume we have not received your application and re-submit. If you plan to submit more than one application, these need to be submitted in separate emails.
  • Visit webpage for more information here

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