Apply for Funding
The Friends of Lesotho (FOL) Donations Committee reviews all applications for funding and makes recommendations to the full FOL Board during its meetings, which are held five times per year. Applications for funding must be received by the Donations Committee no later than 6 weeks prior to a Board meeting in order to be reviewed at the next Board meeting. (See calendar below.)
2018-2019 Application Due Dates:
|Applications received by:||Will be reviewed at the following Board meeting:|
|8 April 2018||21 May 2018|
|3 June 2018||16 July 2018|
|5 August 2018||16 September 2018|
|7 October 2018||18 November 2018|
|9 December 2018||20 January 2019|
|7 April 2019||19 May 2019|
|9 June 2019||21 July 2019|
|4 August 2019||15 September 2019|
|6 October 2019||17 November 2019|
|8 December 2019||19 January 2020|
If you are interested in obtaining funding for your project, please review the guidelines below and, if you feel that you would qualify, complete the funding application form and return it to the Donations Committee.
Friends of Lesotho Funding Guidelines:
- Projects/events funded by FOL should assist/benefit Basotho in the areas of community development, health, education, culture and history.
- A completed FOL application, including a detailed budget, is required for consideration for funding. Additional background documents (e.g., organizational strategic plan, business plans) are welcome and may be requested throughout the course of its review of the application.
- The maximum FOL donation per project is $7500.
- Applicants must represent a registered organization, school, or church and show proof of registration.
- Applicant’s organization must have been in existence and registered for at least 2 years or partner with an organization that has been in existence for at least 2 years.
- Applicant must demonstrate capacity to implement the project for which they are applying for funds by describing activities/projects that the organization has successfully completed.
- Applicant must provide names and email addresses of at least two reputable people in Lesotho who can provide a reference for the organization (e.g., Lesotho government official, NGO partner, foreign embassy personnel).
- Funds are available via wire transfer. The recipient must have a bank account and is responsible for associated wiring fees.
- At the FOL Board’s discretion, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Letter of Agreement (LOA) may be required prior to formal approval.
- Applicants for funding should not assume that their application is approved for funding until they receive an official approval from FOL.
- Projects must be completed within one year of receipt of funds by the organization.
- Upon completion of a project, successful recipients of FOL donations are required to submit a Project Completion Report that: 1) details how funds were expended and outcomes of the project/event, and 2) includes an article, pictures or videos (if available) for use by FOL in newsletters, annual reports, FOL website or other venues.
FOL does not fund:
- Individuals’ businesses
- Start-up companies or organizations
- International travel
- Ongoing operational expenses (e.g., salaries, utilities)
Ask FOL for help transferring funds or supplies to Lesotho
Members and friends sometimes ask FOL for help to transfer funds or supplies to Lesotho for special projects when individuals or their organizations do not have the means to do so. Special distributions have included: educational materials, sports equipment and books. FOL has also assisted with university-led service-learning projects and bank transfers. FOL considers all requests on a case-by-case basis. Funds received by FOL for projects not previously established will promptly be returned to the donor.
FOL requires a Completion Report when the project is completed, including photos, video, etc. if available.
Send questions to Kathy Jacquart, FOL Donations Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Peace Corps Volunteers
Peace Corps volunteers seeking funding for a project must apply through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. FOL regularly reviews the PCPP website and considers projects for funding.