Call for Application – The Rapid Response Fund at Frontline Aids

Frontline AIDS Emergency Response Grants are to enable organisations to respond to new threats and unanticipated opportunities. They are to protect, adapt, or advance HIV-related human rights work supporting marginalised communities. We provide Emergency Response Grants of up to $15,000 USD to organisations led by or working closely with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBT+) people; sex workers; people living with HIV; and people who use drugs based in one of 24 countries.   

Eligibilty Criteria

In order to submit an application for an emergency response grant, you must fulfil the following criteria: 

  • Your proposal is triggered by a new and unforeseen situation. The situation either: 
  • Threatens to significantly disrupt your organisation’s existing human rights work or; 
  • Your organisation identifies a specific moment or opportunity to advance HIV-related human rights. 
  • You have a realistic plan for meaningful change within 1-6 months. 
  • Your organisation is based in an eligible country. 
  • Your organisation is led by, or working very closely with, one or more marginalised communities affected by HIV: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBT+) people; sex workers; people living with HIV; people who use drugs.  
  • Your organisation has an annual income of less than $1 million USD.  
  • Your organisation has implemented HIV-related human rights projects focused on marginalised communities in the last 12 months. Recognised HIV-related human rights programmes include;
  • Stigma & discrimination reduction, 
  • Legal services and legal literacy
  • Training healthcare providers
  • Sensitizing lawmakers and enforcement
  • Monitoring and reforming relevant laws, regs, policies.
  • Emergency response to human rights violations.

 Ineligible Situations and Activities

  • Humanitarian relief or direct aid for individuals such as housing, food or medication. 
  • Income-generation activities. 
  • HIV testing and treatment services. 
  • Foreseeable funding gaps. 
  • Activities that have already happened.  
  • Starting strategic litigation.  
  • Fees for conference or event attendance. 
  • Activities relating to women and girls, where there is no intersection with LGBT+ people, sex workers, people living with HIV or people who use drugs. 

Eligible Countries

Organisations must be based in one of the following countries, and planning to implement the Emergency Response Grant in that country:  

  • Caribbean: Haiti; Jamaica; Dominican Republic; Guyana; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago 
  • East Africa: Ethiopia; Rwanda; South Sudan; Tanzania 
  • South East Asia: Cambodia; Vietnam  
  • Southern Africa: Angola  
  • West and Central Africa: Benin; Cameroon; Chad; Côte d’Ivoire; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Mali; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo 

What Support is Available

Emergency response grants of up to $15,000 USD are available to organisations across 24 countries, led by or working closely with LGBTQ+ people, sex workers, and people who use drugs.

Grants are for responses to new threats to HIV-related human rights work, or to seize unanticipated opportunities for change. 

Organisations can apply for Emergency Response Grants here and find our answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) we receive about the Rapid Response Fund here

Please help us raise awareness of our Emergency Response Grant mechanism among your partners based in eligible countries.