Community Grants Program

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

The ELMA Community Grants Program provides grants, mostly in the form of general support, to child-focused community-based organizations in Southern and Eastern Africa. The services provided by grantees in The ELMA Community Grants Program provide for essential needs of children – both physiological (e.g. food, water, clothing, shelter) and safety (e.g. protection, psycho-social support, health) – especially for those in vulnerable circumstances, from children with disabilities to unaccompanied minors crossing country borders.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


Not applicable or unknown


Moya trust, Siphilile Maternal and Child Health, Vusumnotfo, The Action Foundation, Hatua Likoni Organization, Jitegemee Children’s Program, Little Rock ECD Center, Pepo La Tumaini Jangwani, Riziki Kenya, Stara Peace Women Organization, Tumaini International Trust, Village HopeCore International, Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research, Phelisanong Pitseng with Disabled Group, Thuso-E-Tla-Tsoa-Kae Primary School, Touching Tiny Lives Trust, Children of Blessing Trust, Foundation for Community and Capacity Development, Fountain of Life Limited, KINDLE Orphan Outreach, Life Concern Organization, Mangochi Orphans Education and Training, Matunkha Development Trust (MDT), Rights Institute for Social Empowerment, Urunji Child-Care Trust, Youth For Development and Productivity, Associacao Hixikanwe, Associacao Comunidade Mocambicana De Ajuda, Associacao Kindlimuka, Associacao Mocambicana de Apoio a Crianca Orfa de Pais Vitimas De HIV-SIDA, Associacao Mocambicana para o Desenvolvimento Comunitaria Concertado (AMDEC), Associacao Movimento Social Sao Gabriel, Associacao Para o Desenvolvimento Comunitario Kuwangisana, Associaçao Wona Sanana, Caritas Regional De Chokwe, The Association for Children with Language, Speech and Hearing Impairments of Namibia (CLaSH), Cheshire Homes (Namibia) Trust, Light for the Children Foundation, Oonte Orphans and Vulnerable Children Organization, The Promiseland Trust, Walvis Bay Child and Family Centre, Centre Marembo Organization, Centre Cyprien et Daphrose Rugamba, We-ACTx For Hope, Bizweni Centre for Children with Disabilities, Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities, Bulungula Incubator, Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa, Community Action towards a Safer Environment (CASE), Dlalanathi, Enlighten Education Trust, Feed the Babies Fund, Hantam Community Education Trust, HI HOPES, Isibani Sethemba, Kliptown Youth Program, Kuyasa Horizon Empowerment, Lesedi Educare Association, Malamulele Onward, Musicworks, Net vir Pret, The Rachel Swart Fund, Refugee Children's Project, Siyakwazi, The Sunshine Centre Association, Thanda After School, Tholulwazi Uzivikele, The Ububele Educational & Psychotherapy Trust, Uhambo Foundation, The Westlake United Church Trust, Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability, Woza Moya Community Development Project, Zisize (Ingwavuma) Educational Trust, Amani Centre for Street Children, Forever Angels, Malaika Orphanage Foundation, Monduli Pastoralist Development Initiative, Umoja Tanzania Incorporated, Adina Foundation, African Community Center for Social Sustainability, Fr. Alex You Memorial School, Arlington Academy of Hope Uganda, Art of a Child Uganda, Bless a Child Foundation, Brick by Brick Uganda, Bugerere Education Support Organisation (BESO), Child Restoration Outreach (CRO), Family of Africa, Girl Up Initiative Uganda, Health Child, Kabubbu Development Project, Katalemwa Cheshire Home for Rehabilitation Services, Kyaninga Child Development Centre, Mukisa Foundation, Soft Power Education, Soleterre Strategie di Pace ONLUS, SOUL Foundation, Tunaweza Children’s Centre, United Future Foundation Uganda, Wakisa Ministries, Wells of Hope Ministries, Africa Directions, Children In Distress (CINDI Kitwe Trust), Pride Community Health Organization, Special Hope Network Zambia, Tiny Tim and Friends, Chiedza Child Care Centre, Chiedza Community Welfare Trust, Child Protection Society, Edward Ndlovu Memorial Trust, Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care, Kidzcan, Children’s Cancer Relief, NZEVE Deaf Children's Centre, Rozaria Memorial Trust

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

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Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education


  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school)


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status


School Level

  • N/A

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Orphans and vulnerable children
  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • People with disabilities

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms

Health and childcare services

  • Adolescent-friendly health services
  • HIV prevention
  • HIV treatment and care

Life skills education

  • Sexual and reproductive health (including puberty education)

Reducing economic barriers

  • Conditional cash transfers (including non-cash goods) to individuals/households
  • Reducing/eliminating school fees
  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools
  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)
  • Violence prevention curriculum/activities for students


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general
  • Pre-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action
  • Empowerment training

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased literacy
  • Increased numeracy
  • Increased school completion (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved health - other
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health
  • Reduced STI/HIV/AIDS
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being
  • Reduced violence against children in the home