South Africa like the rest of the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing, promulgated as the most effective way to curb the spread of infection, is impractical for rural and informal settlements in South Africa, where people live in close-knit communities both physically and socially and lack basic housing, water and sanitation facilities. Many models point to the burden of disease being highest amongst poor people because of higher incidences of TB and HIV and weak and overburdened health services.
Under these conditions, closely linked to education levels and poverty, it is inevitable that the worst is still to come for poor South Africans who constitute more than a third of the population. Many of these people rely on the informal sector, and as commerce slows down due to the coronavirus, livelihood options will be diminished. COVID-19 has the potential to be an unprecedented humanitarian crisis particularly in communities where poor people live such as rural areas and informal settlements.
There are lessons to be learnt from the Ebola crisis which devastated many countries in Central and West Africa. During the Ebola crisis, it is community-based organisations (CBOs) that found themselves at the coalface of working with communities to mitigate the impact. This is because it is CBOs who have reach in that constituency in terms of spreading accurate messaging and dispensing much needed supplies and offering psychosocial support to those affected. Indeed, they are the experts in what works in their contexts.
Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa (HIDSA) invites eligible organisations to apply for funding to bolster South Africa’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Through this emergency grants facility, Hlanganisa invites grassroots organisations and interest groups to apply for up to R50 000 to provide essential community-led solutions to support local resilience and community wellbeing during this crisis period.
The fund is available from 6 April 2020 and will remain available until it is exhausted. Grant applications will be processed on a rolling basis.
During this time, Hlanganisa will endeavour to process application within a short period and provide an outcome within 10 working days.
Covid-19 Emergency Grant eligibility criteria
Hlanganisa invites applications for emergency funding from community-based organisations and social movements that align to the following objectives and meet the criteria outlined below:
*NB: In cases where a CBO is unable to manage the grant, Hlanganisa may provide funding support through a fiscal host or a more established NGO that has a verifiable existing relationship with the CBO.
Hlanganisa will only consider complete application forms with required accompanying documents