The Rapid Response Fund

The Rapid Response Fund provides grants to support marginalised communities to continue accessing HIV services in emergency situations.

We are currently closed for applications. We will aim to reopen in autumn 2021.

What is the Rapid Response Fund?

The Rapid Response Fund helps with urgent situations where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, sex workers and people who use drugs – are facing stigma, discrimination and threats of violence that impact their access to HIV services.


For five years the Rapid Response Fund has provided vital emergency support for marginalised communities affected by HIV. Following an internal review, we will move to a new localised model, through which funds can be disbursed more quickly and efficiently to where they are needed most.

This new phase will place community-based organisations at the frontline of responding to human rights violations. Whilst we are hugely proud of the speed and depth of our support so far, we believe a localised model will be even faster, more locally relevant and accountable.

Under this new model, Frontline AIDS will continue to work with community-based organisations, firmly embedded within the marginalised communities they serve, to respond to emergency and challenging human rights violations.

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We aim to reopen for applications in autumn 2021.

Finding support 

If you or members of marginalised communities are facing stigma, discrimination and threats of violence that impact your access to HIV services, the following organisations may be able to assist you:

Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs), people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders addresses the protection needs identified by HRDs themselves and the Protection Grants programme aims to provide rapid and practical financial support to human rights defenders at risk. These protection grants help to pay for provisions to improve their individual or organisational security and protection.

For further information visit: Front Line Defenders

Dignity for All

The Dignity for All: LGBTQI+ Assistance Program provides rapid response financial assistance, short term activity grants, and proactive, holistic security trainings, including well-being support, to human rights defenders and civil society organizations under threat or attack due to their work for LGBTQI+ rights.

For further information contact:

Initiative Sankofa D’Afrique de L’Ouest

Initiative Sankofa D’Afrique de L’Ouest (ISDAO) is an activist-led fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights. Focus countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo. Please note that ISDAO does not issue emergency grants.

For further information visit: ISDAO

Urgent Action Fund-Africa

Urgent Action Fund-Africa works to support African Womn’s Human Rights Defenders, their organisations, collectives and movements to take actions that sustain their work and themselves before, during and after urgent situations. Urgent Action Fund-Africa provides technical, solidarity and financial resources to African Womn’s Human Rights Defenders and their movements.

For further information visit: Urgent Action Fund-Africa


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