amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research has issued the TARGETED Request for Proposals for the MSM Initiative Community Awards in Africa. This is a new funding opportunity to support projects that address HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa. Grassroots organizations in low and middle income African countries are encouraged to submit relevant proposals. Funds for this round of awards are made available through the generous support of Aids Fonds.
Community-based organizations, NGOs, organizations comprised of MSM/LGBT community members and/or that have established links to MSM/LGBT communities with relevant work experience can apply for this funding. Funding is available up to $20,000 per project to support activities for up to 12 months.
This RFP solicits proposals for innovative HIV/AIDS-related, community-led projects that increase access to HIV/AIDS services among MSM. These may include:
- Direct services/interventions for MSM:
- Policy, advocacy, and rights-based projects;
- Community-led research projects; and/or
- A combination of prevention, direct health services, advocacy, and/or research.
Projects should be targeted to reach any or all of the following:
- Gay and bisexual men who are relatively open about their sexual orientation;
- Transgender individuals;
- Networks of hidden MSM or MSM who do not identify as gay; and/or
- Non-MSM/LGBT organizations, public institutions, or individuals that need to better understand and be sensitive to the unique needs of MSM, and/or organizations that can serve as strong allies in helping to ensure increased access to HIV services for MSM.