The SERVIR E&SA Small Grants Program





Issuance Date: 4th April, 2022


SERVIR Eastern & Southern Africa (SERVIR E&SA) is a joint initiative of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), which partners with countries and organizations in eastern and southern Africa to address critical challenges in climate change, food security, water and related disasters, land use, and air quality. Using satellite data and geospatial technology, SERVIR E&SA co-develops innovative solutions through collaborations with regional and national institutions to improve resilience and sustainable resource management at local, national and regional scales.

SERVIR E&SA is seeking concept papers, from persons in organizations interested in applying for a small grant to facilitate their use of Earth observation (satellite) data, geo-spatial analysis and GIS applications to address societal challenges in four (4) thematic areas in the Eastern and Southern Africa regions: Agriculture & Food Security, Land Use/Land Cover & Ecosystems, Water Resources & Hydro- climatic Disasters, and Weather & Climate. Applicants are encouraged to include aspects of gender and social vulnerability as it pertains to the geospatial applications. The small grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and US Government regulations governing grants under contract and RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA’s internal grant management policies.

Grant Amount

  •  25,000 USD – 30,000 USD

Grant Implementation Period

  •  9-14 Months

SERVIR E&SA Small Grants Objectives

The objective of the RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA Small Grants Program is to expand RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA’s network of organizations in the region and to generate innovative ideas for applying Earth observation data and geospatial methods/tools for development decision-making in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. The anticipated outcome of the grant activities is to stimulate the innovative use of geospatial tools and information to translate science into sustainable policy and practice that addresses the development challenges posed by environmental and climate stresses. The grant program is managed by RCMRD, and applicants will be working with representatives from RCMRD.

Eligible Countries

RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA plans to award grants to organizations in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Eligible organizations

Eligible organizations include: Government organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Public and Private Universities, Private Companies, and Private Institutions, Community-Based Organizations.

Submission Information

Applications shall be submitted in English and may not exceed the page length requirements listed in the application forms (Annexes A-F). Applications should be submitted via the SERVIR E&SA Small grants online platform here: (sign in using the same login credentials used when submitting your concept note). Applications must be submitted no later than 17:00 Nairobi time on December 09, 2022. Late or unresponsive applications will not be considered. 

The full proposal will be considered complete if it has the following attachments:

         Completed & Signed Application Form (PDF Format)

         CVs for project personnel (using CV template) (PDF Format)

         Completed Implementation Plan (PDF Format)

         Completed Grant Budget Spreadsheet (Excel Format)

         Incorporation Papers or Certification of Registration (PDF Format)

         Organizational Chart, if available

         Copy of most recent audit (if no recent audit, a "Balance Sheet" and "Revenue and Expense Statement" for the prior fiscal year)

         Signed Certifications (2) (PDF Format)       

All the documents must be signed by the Authorized Agent of the institution.  

Please submit all questions concerning the application to the attention of Stella Masese, Grants PoC via email to Questions will be accepted throughout the application process. SERVIR will assist applicants in understanding the application process and can provide coaching in application development at the request of applicants.

Download the Small Grant Application materials here:

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