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Small Grants Program



Communities in malaria-endemic regions can embrace anti-malaria projects. For MPI and its Rotary Member partners, these small grant projects are instrumental in helping in the global campaign to end malaria.


In 2013, Malaria Partners International began its Small Grants Program. It was aimed at empowering Rotary Clubs in malaria-impacted regions to take direct action in controlling the spread of malaria in their community. Successful applications must address needs carefully defined community needs, utilize best malaria control practices, and provide measurable and attainable goals.


Malaria Partners International works separately within the Rotary International community raising its own funding independently through donor appeals to individuals, foundations, and corporations.



You can apply for a Small Grant through our online application here:




Learn More About our Small Grants

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The Process: Small Grants from Start to Finish

Interactive Small Grants Breakdown for 2022

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can the small grant be used for?
A grant recipient can use MPI awarded funding for new projects or to augment existing funding committed to previously approved projects within the Rotary International framework. Projects must reflect current best malaria control practices and be geared to producing quantifiable results measured from baseline data.
What is the largest grant we can receive?
Approved projects will receive up to $5,000 from Malaria Partners International which can be matched from a fund established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Applications are subjected to a competitive grantmaking evaluation process.
What are the minimum qualifications for a grant to be considered?
  1. The applicant is a Rotary Club in a malaria-endemic area and is in good standing with Rotary International.
  2. The grant proceeds are intended to offset costs directly related to malaria control.
  3. The application presents baseline data specific to the existing conditions in the project’s immediate domain.
  4. The application quantitatively lays out a proposed project’s anticipated positive community impact, such as in reducing prevalence, morbidity, and/or mortality.
  5. The grant request includes a detailed budget showing the sources and the uses of all funding.
  6. The Host Club has a meaningful financial investment in the project.
What are the submission deadlines for a small grant?
Small Grant applications operate on a quarterly submission schedule:

Q1: 01/31

Q2: 04/30

Q3: 07/31

Q4: 10/31

How long will my application take to process?
Applicants are better served when their applications are advanced to MPI at least two weeks before the above deadlines.  Each application that meets the minimum criteria and considers the additional criteria listed on the MPI website, will be assigned an MPI representative who will fully intake the application and present it to MPI’s Small Grant Committee for funding.  If approved, it will be recommended to the MPI Board of Directors for final approval at a meeting that occurs on the second Wednesday of each month.
Do grant applicants receive a confirmation that they submitted their application?
Every applicant receives an email confirmation that the application has been received and is under review.
How will I know if I will receive a grant?
Malaria Partners will primarily utilize email to communicate with all small grant applicants. Be sure to check email regularly, including spam folders. Grant awardees will be notified by email and should respond promptly.
What happens if our application is refused?
MPI will notify applicants will be notified via email it declines to fund applications or if we need additional clarification in order to reach a decision.

Should the grant be declined by the Small Grants Committee, the applicant can address its shortfalls and resubmit before before a subsequent quarterly submission date.

We recommend that initial applications be submitted as early as possible in each review quarter to allow time for modifications, if needed.

Can I change my application after it has been submitted?
Yes, applicants can adjust applications accepted into the process by separate emails referencing the changed items. Once the deadline elapses, applications cannot be changed.
Will there be additional documentation required?
Upon review additional information may be requested.

Applicants should respond promptly when asked to furnish any additionally requested information.

If denied, do applicants have to apply again or will their applications roll-over?
A once denied application will receive a second chance, presuming that it is modified to address the shortfalls of the initial submission.
I've received my small grant. How do I send progress updates?
You can send progress updates by using our project update template.
Have additional questions?
We are monitoring inquiries sent to info@malariapartnersinternational.org with the subject line denoting “Small Grant Inquiry.”

Read More from Our Blog on Successful Small Grant Projects

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