Request For Proposal - amfAR: GMT Initiative Community Awards

Posted by Jamal Fida Wednesday, September 19, 2012 0 comments

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is pleased to announce new funding for innovative projects that focus on advocacy and policy efforts and/or structural interventions to promote systems change to address HIV/AIDS among gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals (GMT) in Africa.  Grassroots organizations led by or closely linked to men who have sex with men (MSM) or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in low- and middle-income countries in Africa are encouraged to submit relevant proposals. Funds for this round of awards are made available through the generous support of the AIDS Fonds of the Netherlands and the Ford Foundation.  
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 200,000 USD is available in Africa; amfAR anticipates funding from ten to eleven proposals. Funding recommendations will be announced in December 2012. Organizations that are approved for awards can expect to receive funds to begin activities as early as March 2013.
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 (GMT). 
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. Based on the survey, only proposals that address the following types of programming will be considered: 
Projects that focus on systems change --:
1. Advocacy and Policy Efforts: engaging key decision makers at the local and national level, as well as international donors, to create and implement policies and programs that increase support for a comprehensive response to HIV among GMT.  A comprehensive response recognizes that responding to HIV among GMT is broader than the healthcare sector.  Thus, health policy is vital; however, policies and funding in other sectors including human rights, law, civil protection, and education are needed.  Project activities may include policy maker and donor education, civil society participation in local and national decision making bodies, media advocacy to increase public support, investment tracking and analysis, among others.
2. Structural Interventions: modifying the social, economic, and political structures and systems in which GMT live. Rather than attempting to change individual behaviors, structural interventions aim to change environments. These interventions may affect technology, legislation, media, healthcare, and the marketplace. Structural interventions may also help reduce HIV vulnerabilities by altering the physical environments in which people live, work, play, or take risks.  Examples include challenging local or national policies that discriminate against GMT, engaging health and/or social service professional in GMT sensitization programs, and media campaigns in the general public to reduce homophobia.

Recognizing the increased challenges faced by transgender communities and GMT living with HIV throughout Africa, relevant projects that include transgender communities and. or GMT living with HIV will be given prioritized attention.
Projects that do not focus on advocacy and policy, or structural interventions will not be considered for funding. 

§ 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 communitiesand 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.

Who Is Not Eligible and SHOULD NOT APPLY?: 
§ Individuals;
§ Government organizations or units;
§ For-profit organizations;
§ Organizations based in countries that are not on the list of eligible countries;
§ Organizations with annual operating budgets of more than $1 million USD; 
§ Organizations that do not involve MSM or LGBT community members in the development and implementation of programs and activities.

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