Thursday, 6 October 2011

amfAR funding opportunity for grassroots organizations linked to MSM/LGBT communities in Africa addressing HIV/AIDS

amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, is inviting grant proposals for the projects to address HIV/AIDS among gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) individuals in Africa. Grassroots organizations led by or closely linked to MSM/LGBT communities in low- and middle-income countries in Africa are encouraged to submit relevant proposals.

The MSM initiative was started in 2007 with support from different international and regional agencies including UNDP, UNAIDS, and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV. This program seeks to address HIV issues by planning for prevention, treatment, care, and support services; policy, advocacy, human rights efforts; and community-led research.

Funding Priorities and Areas of Interest
This request for proposals (RFP) solicits proposals for innovative community-led projects relevant to reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS among gay men, other MSM, and/or transgender individuals.
The RFP process is different this year in an important way. Based on feedback provided by grantees, applicants and peer reviewers, regional priorities have been determined in advance of issuing the RFP by surveying a wide range of community-based colleagues with experience and expertise in the region. Below (not listed in order of importance) is a synthesis of the priorities they identified, which will be used as a guide by the community peer review panel in making recommendations for applications to be funded.  Well-designed applications that address these priorities will be more likely to be funded by the MSM Initiative.

Funding Size and Availability
Each organization may apply for an award of up to $20,000 USD to support project-related costs for up to 12 months. Only one application may be submitted per organization. Proposals for general operating support will not be considered.

Approximately $100,000 USD is available for this round of awards in Africa; amfAR anticipates funding from six to eight proposals. Funding recommendations will be announced in December 2011. Organizations that are approved for awards can expect to receive funds to begin activities as early as February 2012.

-        Community-based organizations located in low-and middle-income countries in Africa (click here to see list of eligible countries);
-        Non-profit organizations (e.g., NGOs, CBOs, and other charitable organizations) that are the equivalent of U.S. tax-exempt non-profit organizations;
-        Organizations comprised of MSM or LGBT community members and/or that have established links to MSM/LGBT communities and experience directly involving members of those communities in the development and implementation of programs and activities;
-        Organizations with strong management and leadership;
-        Organizations with capacity to carry out the proposed activities and effectively manage award funds.

Last date for submitting the application is October 6, 2011

For more information and details, you can visit this link.

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