Funding Model

Applying for Funding

As part of the funding cycle, countries apply for funding from the Global Fund through a multistep process.

The funding is available in three-year periods, known as allocation periods or funding periods, and the application process is repeated each period. The current period runs from 2020 through 2022.

The Global Fund supports programs through:

Country funding

The Global Fund designates most funding to country allocations. Applying for funding allocated to countries is the responsibility of the Country Coordinating Mechanism, which is a national committee that includes representatives of all sectors. Through the Country Coordinating Mechanism, each country that receives an allocation submits funding requests for eligible disease components on behalf of the country as a whole.

Looking for funding?

If you are an organization seeking funding from your country’s Global Fund allocation for your project or program, your first step is to contact your Country Coordinating Mechanism. Country Coordinating Mechanisms submit funding applications to the Global Fund. Find contact information using our Coordinating Mechanism Contacts tool. We are unable to accept applications from individuals.

To access country funding, Country Coordinating Mechanisms apply through the processes outlined below.

Funding request

Using the relevant national strategic plan and country dialogue as the basis, a Country Coordinating Mechanism will develop a prioritized funding request, which is the plan for how the country would use the allocated funds if approved. A funding request may be for HIV, TB, malaria and/or resilient and sustainable systems for health, and can also be combined. Only one funding request may be submitted per eligible component. A request can be submitted during any review “window” during the cycle.

See Funding Request Applications for more information.

Prioritized above allocation request

Countries are encouraged to include with their funding application a request to fund priority interventions that should be fully funded but cannot immediately be because of a lack of funding. This “prioritized above allocation request” is reviewed by the Technical Review Panel so that the strategically focused and technically sound interventions can be registered as “unfunded quality demand.” If additional funding becomes available, such as through a donor, the interventions on the register may be funded and integrated into grants.

See Funding Request Applications and Register of Unfunded Quality Demand for more information.

Country Coordinating Mechanism eligibility

For a funding request to be considered by the Global Fund, the Country Coordinating Mechanism must meet six eligibility requirements, two of which are assessed at the time of the funding request submission.

See Country Coordinating Mechanisms Eligibility for more information.


The Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel reviews the submitted funding request. The panel is an independent body that assesses the quality of the application. The panel may ask for changes, or make recommendations for improvement.

See Technical Review Panel for more information.


A country’s funding request to the Global Fund is turned into one or more grants through a process called grant-making. The Country Coordinating Mechanism and the Global Fund work with the partner nominated to implement the grant, a Principal Recipient, to prepare the grant. The process sets out how and when activities will be implemented and evaluated.

See Grant-Making for more information.


The Grant Approvals Committee is a committee of senior management at the Global Fund, as well as representatives of technical, bilateral and multilateral partners. The committee, among other functions, reviews the final grant before recommending it to the Board of the Global Fund for approval. Following Board approval, the first grant disbursement is made.

See Funding Decisions for a list of approved grants.

COVID-19 Response Mechanism

The COVID-19 Response Mechanism directs funding exclusively through existing grants funded by the Global Fund. All funding requests must be coordinated and submitted by the Country Coordinating Mechanism. Current regional/multicountry implementers are also eligible for response mechanism support.

See COVID-19 Response Mechanism for more information.

Catalytic Multicountry funding

The Global Fund serves the needs of countries, but diseases don’t respect borders. Sometimes the most effective solution is one that brings together several countries or regions. Through multicountry funding, the Global Fund addresses a limited number of key multicountry priorities deemed critical to fulfill the aims of the Global Fund strategy. These Catalytic Investments complement the investments made through the allocation methodology.

See Catalytic Multicountry funding for more information.