Donor: UNOPS
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: UNOPS/CFP-2022/012/ATSCALE
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 10.10.2022

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: 2.500.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 2.500.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Disability
  • Health

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

USAID, through the Inclusive Development Hub in the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation, has been investing in improving access to assistive technology and rehabilitation services for over 30 years. Congress now mandates specific funds to improve access to low-cost eyeglasses. USAID is investing these funds in partnership with ATscale and its partners to implement the strategy outlined within the Product Narrative: Eyeglasses with the ambitious goal to develop national programs that meet the needs of all of its citizens.

ATscale, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology, is a cross-sector partnership with the goal of reaching 500 million additional people with life-changing assistive technology by 2030. ATscale has two primary strategic objectives driving its initial work including (1) developing an enabling ecosystem for increased access to assistive technology by galvanising political will, mobilising investment, driving policy reform, and strengthening targeted, cross-product systems, particularly at the country level; and, (2) building and shaping markets for priority products and their related services by identifying and investing in interventions to overcome specific supply and demand-side market barriers. This market-shaping work is initially focused on five priority products: wheelchairs, hearing aids, prostheses, eyeglasses, and assistive digital devices and software.

2) Eligibility 

Only not-for-profit organisations, such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academic institutions, with demonstrated experience developing health, assistive technology and/or eyeglass programming in partnership with national governments in low-or middle-income countries are eligible to apply. Consortiums may apply, but a prime organisation must be selected as part of that consortium and must be a not-for-profit organisation as described above. For-profit organisations may be included in the project through sub-agreements.

3) Location 

The Grantee must propose one low- or middle-income country (LMIC) eligible for Oversees Development Assistance.

4) Budget

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding one three-year grant for up to USD $2.5 million in partnership with ATscale, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology, with the purpose of expanding low-cost eyeglass provision and supporting strategic AT activities in an identified country.

5) Application 

Applications should be submitted no later than 17:00 hrs Geneva time (CET) on 10 October 2022.

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