Funding Model

Applying for Funding

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

Funding from the Global Fund is available in three-year periods, known as “allocation periods” or “funding cycles.” For the current 2017-2019 allocation period, funding is available in two forms: country and multicountry.

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.

Further information is available on the Funding Applications page.

Multicountry funding

The Global Fund serves the needs of countries, but diseases don’t respect borders, and sometimes the most effective solution is one that brings together several countries or regions. Through multicountry funding, we aim to address a limited number of key multicountry priorities not able to be addressed through country allocations alone.

See Multicountry Funding Applications for more information.

Seeking funding

If you are an organization seeking funding for your project or program, your first step is to contact the Country Coordinating Mechanism for your country. The Global Fund accepts funding applications for a country’s allocation amount from Country Coordinating Mechanisms. You can find contact details by selecting your country on the list under the “Where We Invest” tab at the top of this page. We are unable to accept applications from individuals.

In addition, the Global Fund accepts funding applications from eligible organizations for certain pre-defined multicountry programs, as explained on our Multicountry Funding Applications page.


To access country funding, countries apply through the process outlined below.

Country dialogue

Country dialogue is an open and inclusive conversation between different groups of people who respond to and are affected by the diseases in a country. Country dialogue is ongoing, beginning before the development of a funding application and continuing through implementation of the grant. It forms the basis for a country’s funding request. The Country Coordinating Mechanism is the formal body that organizes the country dialogue.

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National strategic plan

A national strategic plan outlines how a country responds to HIV, TB or malaria. The Global Fund supports efforts by countries to develop and advance their national strategic plans, and encourages them to base their funding requests on these plans. If a country does not yet have a plan for a disease or if the plan is no longer current, countries can base their requests on an investment case.

Funding request

Using the relevant national strategic plan and country dialogue as the basis, a Country Coordinating Mechanism will develop a 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. As such, a Country Coordinating Mechanism may submit more than one funding request. A request can be submitted during any review “window” during the cycle.

See Funding Applications for more information.

Prioritized above allocation request

Countries are encouraged to include with their funding application a request to fund priority programs 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.

See Funding Applications and Register of Unfunded Quality Demand 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 is turned into one or more grants through a process called “grant-making”. The Country Coordinating Mechanism and the Global Fund work with the organization nominated to implement the grant, a “Principal Recipient,” to prepare a grant, which sets out how and when the activities in the grant 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.