Sunday, 20 November 2011

amfAR seeks Grant Proposals for Projects addressing HIV/AIDS Issues in the Caribbean countries

amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, is inviting proposals for projects addressing HIV/AIDS issues among men in the Caribbean region. The projects for which grants are sought should specially focus on HIV/AIDS among gay men, transgender (TG) individuals, and men who have sex with men (MSM). The financial support for these grants is received from Elton John AIDS Foundation. Grassroot organizations working with MSM/LGBT communities in the Caribbean region are encouraged to apply for the grants.

About the MSM Initiative
The MSM Initiative was established by amfAR in 2007 and benefits from collaboration with various international and regional agencies including UNDP, UNAIDS, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV, and other partners. The MSM Initiative’s community awards program seeks to address HIV among gay men, other MSM, and/or transgender individuals by supporting the planning and delivery of prevention, treatment, care, and support services; policy, advocacy, human rights efforts; and community-led research. The term “MSM” describes a broad range of male-male sexual behaviours and identities, each with specific cultural contexts and with specific HIV risks, prevention strategies, and needs related to access and rights; included in amfAR’s definition of MSM are gay men and transgendered individuals, among others. amfAR’s MSM Initiative provides vital support to grassroots MSM efforts that are committed to serving individuals whose needs have often been ignored.

Grant Size
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. Approximately $120,000 USD is available for this round of awards in the Caribbean; amfAR anticipates funding from six to eight proposals. Funding recommendations will be announced in February 2012. Organizations that are approved for awards can expect to receive funds to begin activities as early as April 2012.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Community-based organizations located in low-and middle-income countries in the Caribbean
  • 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 proposals is November 30, 2011. For more information, visit this link.

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