The SERVIR E&SA Small Grants Program





Release Date: 4th April, 2022

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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

  •  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 Deadline

Please be advised that the submission deadline for concept papers is on 17:00 Nairobi time on 5th May, 2022.

Download the Small Grant Application materials here:

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