Successful anti-malaria projects are embraced by their communities. MPI and its Rotary Member partners work together to serve as important advocates in the global campaign to end malaria.


Our small grants program is one way we do that. Learn more about our successful projects and apply for a small grant here: 


In 2013, Malaria Partners International began its Small Grants Program aimed at empowering Rotary Clubs in malaria endemic regions to take direct action in controlling the spread of malaria in their community. Each local project must address needs carefully refined by community leaders, utilize current 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. While Rotary Clubs can and do participate in the funding of some small grants, most of the small grant funding is sourced through funding raised through charitable giving.




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 form baseline data.

What is the largest grant we can receive?

Approved projects will receive up to $5,000 from Malaria Partners International which will be matched from a fund established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the Seattle Rotary Service 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 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 awards will be notified by email and should respond promptly.

What happens if our application is refused?

Applicants will be notified via email if their applications will not be funded or if we need more information to decide.

Should the grant not be approved by the Small Grant Committee, the applicant can address its shortfalls and resubmit before the first of the following month for deferred approval.

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 if received sufficiently before the quarterly deadline.  One the deadline elapses, they 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.

Have additional questions?

We are monitoring inquiries sent to info@malariapartnersinternational.org with the subject line denoting “Small Grant Inquiry.”

2022 Interactive Small Grants Map

2022 Interactive Small Grants Map

In 2022, Malaria Partners International continued to make a difference in malaria-endemic countries through their small grants program. We successfully funded grants in six different countries, with many more grants already in the pipeline for 2023. Projects ranged...

A Small Grant With A Large Impact: The Busime Malaria Project

A Small Grant With A Large Impact: The Busime Malaria Project

Laughter, dancing and singing was the mood in Bulosi village during the MPU/RC Busia visit to Busime Malaria Project on Saturday 28th May 2022. Funded by a small grant from MPI, RC Busia has since received 1,500 mosquito nets from Youth Environment Services and UGX 1,000,000 from Equity bank, Busia branch. According to the bank’s Credit Manager James Sekairi, “Giving to Rotary is no loss.”  

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