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Africa Grants Programme 2019 - 2020

Call for applications is now open!

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THET is pleased to announce a third round of grants under the Africa Grants Programme (AGP) with support from Johnson & Johnson.

The AGP supports the training of health workers in low- and middle-income countries, through engaging established partnerships between health organisations in the UK and Ireland and their counterparts in Sub-Saharan Africa.  More information on the AGP and the projects funded in the first and second rounds of the grant programme is available here.

THET welcomes grant applications to strengthen the healthcare workforce in one of the following two areas:

Stream 1: Essential Surgical and Anaesthetic Care

This stream will focus on reducing morbidity and mortality from conditions requiring essential 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/or 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, particularly women and children, by training those who work and serve in the community. The stream will focus on the training of cadres working in the community (Clinical Officers, Community Health Workers, etc.), which is in line with the national strategy and policies in-country. Partners will work at the rural and district level, outside of the central hospital systems.

Funding Available and Application Details

Grants are available from £15,000 up to a maximum of £50,000. All funded projects are expected to last between 6 and 16 months. Project activities can be implemented from May 2019 until August 2020.

Core Eligibility

All those considering applying should carefully read the eligibility and funding criteria contained in the Call for Applications and Q&A document as these may differ from previous THET grant streams. This grants round will only accept applications from established health partnerships. Next week we will announce a call for new health partnerships to apply.

How to apply:

Download and read all of the following documents:

Call for Applications


Grant Application Form


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, along with letters of support from each of the lead partner institutions and any managing partners, in one email to AGP@thet.org by midnight 28th February 2019.

If you have questions or difficulty downloading or accessing any of the documents listed please email AGP@thet.org.

Pre-application Webinar

The webinar ran through the purpose of the grant and the application process in more detail.

To view the webinar please click here.


THET is delighted to announce a call for applications for Start-Up Grants. These grants form part of the third round of the Johnson & Johnson Africa Grants Programme, and offer the chance for UK institutions working in the fields of Essential Surgery and Anaesthesia, or Community Health, to form health partnerships with their counterparts working in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Africa Grants Programme, now in its third year, supports the training of health workers in LMICs, through engaging partnerships between health organisations in the UK and Ireland and their counterparts in Africa.  More information on the AGP and the projects funded in the first round of the grant programme is available here.

What are Health Partnerships?

A health partnership is typically a formalised relationship between a health institution in the UK and a counterpart health institution in a low-income country.  Health institutions can include NGOs working in global health, academic bodies, professional bodies, clinical networks, or healthcare facilities. In many cases, the partnerships are developed by institutions with complementary objectives and, on the UK side, are typically made up of volunteers from the UK partner institution.

Start-up Grants

The Start-up Grants will help to facilitate the development of new and effective health partnerships between UK institutions and their counterparts overseas working in Essential Surgery and Anaesthesia or Community Health. They are designed to meet the costs of the activities necessary to establish and formalise a health partnership and are up to the value of £10,000.


Eligibility for Start-up grants

  • Grant recipients are eligible institutions as stated in the Eligibility Criteria section of the Call for Applications document
  • Grant recipients are based in eligible countries (see Call for Applications document)
  • Applicants must show commitment to forming a long-term partnership
  • The partnership must be new or have been working together for six months or less
  • It will be expected that the start-up grant will fund a needs assessment. The results of this needs assessment will form part of the reporting
  • Based on the outcome of the needs assessment, the partnership may formalised with a Memorandum of Understanding and an initial health systems strengthening activity may be completed. While the nature of these may not be explicitly finalised before completion of the needs assessment, these can be included in the budget

How to Apply

Download the Start-up Grant Call for Applications, the Q&A Document and the Application Form. Submit your completed application form, along with letters of support from each of the partner institutions, to AGP@thet.org by midnight on Sunday 7th April 2019.

Grants will be awarded by the beginning of May, with projects starting from 1st June 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact THET’s Grants Management Team on 020 7290 3891 or AGP@thet.org .