COVID-19

Grant Funding & Flexibilities

COVID-19 poses a serious threat to health systems worldwide, but particularly in countries where health systems are least developed. The Global Fund has a vital role to play in supporting countries that implement Global Fund-financed programs with their response to the pandemic, while maintaining its focus in continuing the fight against HIV, TB and malaria.

Our questions and answers document shares details on funding and flexibilities during the pandemic:

  • Question and Answers: Supporting Countries and Grants during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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The Global Fund is supporting countries as they – while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – continue to deliver impact through existing grants, develop quality new grants for the 2020-2022 allocation period and strengthen health systems. We make this available through:

Funding from current grants

Grant flexibilities allow countries with current Global Fund grants to meet immediate COVID-19 response demands by:

  • Using up to 5% of their current grant value if there are savings, and/or
  • Reprograming up to 5% of the value of a grant

Activities include, but are not limited to, epidemic preparedness assessment, laboratory testing, sample transportation, use of surveillance infrastructure, infection control in health facilities, and information campaigns. Repurposing equipment already purchased through a Global Fund grant is also an option to respond to COVID-19.

Up to US$500 million is available through these grant savings and reprogramming, in addition to the funding available through the COVID-19 Response Mechanism.

Flexibilities for current and upcoming grants

As part of the Global Fund’s support to resilient and sustainable systems for health, adjustments to guidelines and other flexibilities are available in certain processes to enable a rapid response to the challenge posed by COVID-19. Countries are encouraged to discuss flexibilities with their Country Teams.

  • Flexibilities documents

Funding requests

New submission dates enable countries more flexibility to present their funding requests. Learn more

Country Coordinating Mechanisms

The Country Coordinating Mechanism’s core responsibilities, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, are to ensure robust engagement and oversight. Our guidance summary consolidates resources to carry out these responsibilities:

Progress updates and disbursement requests

Extended submission timelines and minimum requirements for completion and validation of defined progress updates and disbursement requests are in place. The guidelines vary according to PU/DR deadlines, with extensions of up to 30 days for upcoming deadlines. Learn more