Funding Model

Multicountry Funding Applications

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, the Global Fund aims to address a limited number of key multicountry priorities, deemed critical to fulfill the aims of the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022 and not able to be addressed through country allocations alone.

Multicountry strategic priorities

The Global Fund identified a key multicountry strategic priority for each disease for the 2017-2019 funding cycle:

Component Multicountry strategic priority Funding (US$ millions)
Malaria Malaria elimination in low-burden countries 145
TB Finding the missed people with TB 65
HIV Sustainability of services for key populations 50
Total 260

Within each multicountry strategic priority are specific priority areas.

While several priority areas had pre-identified applicants, there was a competitive application process for the majority of priority areas. For more detail, refer to the guidance note and frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.

Pre-identified applicants

For the following priority areas the Global Fund invited a pre-identified applicant to develop a funding request that addresses the defined objectives and regional focus.

Priority areas with pre-identified applicants

Priority area Application approach Status Number of grants
Elimination of malaria in Mesoamerica and Hispaniola Pre-identified Completed 1
Elimination of malaria in Southern Africa Pre-identified Completed 2
Elimination of malaria multidrug resistance (Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative) Pre-identified Completed 1
TB in mining Pre-identified Completed 1
Supranational labs in Eastern and Southern Africa Pre-identified Completed 1
Sustainability of services for key populations in South East Asia region Pre-identified Completed 1

Competitive application process: Requests for proposals

For priority areas with a competitive application process through requests for proposals, any eligible applicant could submit a funding request to the Global Fund.

The requests for proposals application process has concluded for the 2017-2019 funding cycle.

A core part of each request for proposals was a terms of reference document outlining the scope of the future grant(s). The Global Fund drafted a terms of reference for each priority area. The draft was then be subject to consultations. External consultations took place through different engagement modalities. For more details, contact the respective focal points listed in our guidance note below. Numerous terms of reference were also opened for consultation on our website.

Each finalized terms of reference became an integral part of a request for proposals. Applicants needed to address the requirements reflected in the terms of reference while preparing their funding request. Requests for proposals were published on our website.

The expected number of grants for each priority area was defined and potential applicants were encouraged to work together to prepare a joint submission that fully meets the terms of reference.

Priority areas with competitive application process

Priority area Number of requests for proposals Request(s) for proposals Status Number of grants
Improving the quality of care and prevention for multidrug-resistant TB in Eastern Europe 1 GF-MC-2018-06 Completed 1
Support Latin American and Caribbean countries transitioning from Global Fund TB financing 1 GF-MC-2018-10 Completed 1
Interventions among refugees in Eastern Africa 1 GF-MC-2018-03 Completed 1
Supranational laboratory in Western and Central Africa 1 GF-MC-2018-05 Completed 1
Interventions among migrant and mobile population in Asia 2 GF-MC-2017-01
Completed 2
Sustainability of services for key populations in Latin American and Caribbean region 2 GF-MC-2018-08
Completed 2
Sustainability of services for key populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region 1 GF-MC-2017-02 Completed 1
Sustainability of services for key populations in Middle East and North Africa region 1 GF-MC-2018-07 Completed 1

Multicountry funding is one part of the Global Fund’s catalytic investments, which are a portion of funding for programs, activities and strategic investments not adequately accommodated through country allocations but essential to achieve the aims of the Global Fund strategy and global partner plans.