Stop TB Partnership

Let's Fund Communities for Impact

Stop TB Partnership launches
Challenge Facility for Civil Society Round 8

4 December 2017 Geneva, Switzerland - Stop TB Partnership, with the support of USAID and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today launched the call for proposals for the eighth round of the Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS).

Stop TB Partnership’s CFCS is a unique small grants mechanism that, since 2007, supports innovative community responses to fight tuberculosis (TB). The theme for this latest round of funding is "Communities for Impact".

To end this epidemic, the Stop TB Partnership working with partners, is driving efforts to find the missing millions of people affected by TB. To facilitate a coordinated and effective response at global, national and subnational levels, the Stop TB Partnership will align CFCS Round 8 with the Global Fund’s Strategic Initiatives on Community, Rights and Gender and Finding the Missing People with TB.

To end TB, there is an urgent need to recognize that community and civil society organizations can strengthen and expand access to quality TB prevention and care services beyond health facilities to settings that cannot be easily reached by public TB programs.

The overall aim of CFSC Round 8 is to contribute to expanding access to quality TB prevention and care services to community- and hard-to-reach settings. Applicant organizations must consider activities that fit under one or both of the following categories:

  1. Boosting demand and access to TB services
  2. Improving the quality of TB service delivery

CFCS Round 8 will award grants of up to US$ 40,000 to civil society, community-based and non-governmental organizations working at a national and sub-national level.

Examples of activities that will be considered for funding include the following:

Boosting demand and access to quality TB services:

  • Building awareness of TB using original means and involving non-traditional actors (e.g. in schools, places of worship, women’s groups etc.);
  • Building community networks and partnerships for collective, coordinated engagement and advocacy;
  • Facilitating dialogue and strategic engagement in the UN High Level Meeting on TB;
  • Implementing creative advocacy to improve TB policy, governance and service provision; and
  • Enhancing an enabling environment to reduce barriers to TB services (e.g. human rights, gender, stigma related).

Improving the quality of TB service delivery:

  • Developing or strengthening community outreach programs, to link people suspected of having TB to health facilities (especially key and hard to reach populations);
  • Developing or strengthening patient support group programs, linking services and treatment adherence support;
  • Introducing novel treatment literacy initiatives; and
  • Conducting TB community-led monitoring for social accountability.

The application period starts today, Monday, 4 December 2017. Applications should be completed by Friday, 12 January 2018 (18:00 hrs Geneva time). For more information on the application process, please see here.