Funding Opportunities


Request for Applications

RFA # 10-003:

National NGOs

Who are we

Community Health Alliance Uganda (CHAU) is the linking organization of International HIV/AIDS Alliance-(IHAA). CHAU’s portfolio of work spans technical and organizational capacity building of civil society organizations, policy and advocacy, community systems strengthening, HIV prevention, care and support, sexual reproductive health and rights. CHAU envisions a Uganda where citizens are empowered to live healthy and productive lives. CHAU has an established track record of contributing to national efforts in HIV and Sexual and reproductive health response amongst vulnerable and key populations.

Background for the SRHR-Umbrella grant

Uganda is experiencing significant unmet need for Sexual and Reproductive health and Rights (SRHR) services across all age groups. This unmet demand for HIV and SRHR services is largely as a result of the age structure of the population who are predominantly young (10-24) comprising 48% of the total population and 78% below 30 years. The major SRHR challenges faced include; limited access to SRHR information and services, high unmet need for contraceptives, high STI infections, gender inequality, socio cultural and harmful traditional practices. Meanwhile HIV remains an important public health problem, the prevalence varies by sex, geographical area,  key and vulnerable populations (13% for men who have sex with men (MSM) and 35% for sex workers (SWs), disproportionately distributed amongst males (4.7%) and females (7.6%). Adolescent girls (3%) aged 15-19 live with HIV and this figure doubles by the time they reach 24 years.

The Uganda Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Umbrella (SRHR-Umbrella) is a five year program and now in its third year implemented by CHAU, working with IHAA in Brighton, UK through a grant from the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda.

This Request For Applications (RFA) is aimed at soliciting services of Ugandan CSOs/NGOs to accelerate improved SRHR and HIV outcomes for young vulnerable (10 -24 years) and key populations in Uganda. Under this grant, CSOs/NGOs are expected to design impressive, innovative, creative strategies and interventions that can deliver services and information; advocate for comprehensive integrated SRHR and HIV services and information for vulnerable and key populations in accordance with the priorities of the government of Uganda as well as respond to district based disease burdens. Through this grant, CSOs’ capacity will be enhanced to advocate for an enabling environment at the district and national level, that supports the target population to access quality, inclusive integrated SRHR and HIV services in Uganda.

The Uganda SRHR Umbrella program aims to successfully attain the overall goal of this program, through the following measurable outcomes:

  1. Outcome 1: Expanded access and increased use of quality, inclusive and integrated SRHR and HIV services among vulnerable and key populations.
  2. Outcome 2: Increased adoption of safer sexual practices among vulnerable and key populations.
  3. Outcome 3: An enabling SRHR and HIV environment for vulnerable and key populations.
  4. Outcome 4: Strengthened institutional capacity of implementing organisations (NGOs/CBOs) to deliver quality and inclusive SRHR and HIV programmes in Uganda.

SRHR- Umbrella program geographical focus; 9 districts in central and east-central


Clusters Districts Budget for July 2018-July 2019
Central 1 Wakiso, Mukono and Kampala 2,128,601,283 UGX
East-central Buikwe, Kayunga and Buyende    606,221,073 UGX
Eastern Jinja, Kamuli and Iganga    758,661,506 UGX

Target populations:

  • Vulnerable populations who are Adolescents & Young people 10 to 24 years, in and out of school.
  • Key populations (LGBT, SWs, truckers and fishing communities).


Instructions to applicants;

This is a competitive process and is open to civil society organizations/NGOs.

  • Prior experience of implementation of similar or related activities is required.
  • Applicants are expected to work closely with districts and physical presence of an office in one or more districts in a cluster will be an added advantage but not a requirement.
  • Applicants must show evidence of meaningful engagement of communities which will benefit from the programme in all aspects of the programme cycle.
  • CSOs with a record of fraud from any donor in the last five years need not to apply. Any applicants detected to have poor accountability record shall be disqualified at any stage of evaluations.
  • Any lobbying or covert request for consideration will automatically lead to disqualification.

Awards will be made to the 3 strongest bidders that best meet the objectives of this funding opportunity in line with the selection criteria. The budget ceiling for each cluster for first year of implementation Junis as indicated above and applicants are free to apply to work in all 3 clusters if they have the capacity.

Hand delivery of Proposals with an accompanying CD should be submitted to CHAU offices located at Kawalya-Kaggwa close plot 19 Kololo.

No Activity Indicative timelines
1 Advert for request for proposal 17th September 2018
2 Deadline  for seeking any additional clarifications about the funding opportunity; clarifications should be sent to, 24th September 2018
3 Deadline for submitting proposal note proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted 1st October 2018

Details of this funding opportunity can be found on CHAU’s website under ‘funding opportunities’:  We urge interested applicants to continue to interface with this site for up-to-date information since the Technical Review Panel (TRP) will from time to time update the requirements under this funding opportunity.

Dr. Richard Wamimbi Wotti

Executive director

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