Apply for an Emergency Response Grant

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Learn who is eligible for a Rapid Response Fund grant and apply.

What is Rapid Response Fund grant-making?

Rapid Response Fund grant-making is a funding mechanism to help organisations led by and serving marginalised communities affected by HIV to act quickly in the face of external threats to their HIV-related human rights work, or to respond to urgent opportunities for change in HIV-related human rights. 

Emergency response grants of up to $15,000 USD are available 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.  

Grants are for urgent, time-specific work to protect or adapt HIV-related human rights work, or to seize urgent opportunities to advance the human rights of marginalised communities. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about what situations we can support. 

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Your organisation is based in an eligible country and planning to conduct the proposed activities in that 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. 
  • You can evidence that your organisation has implemented HIV-related human rights projects focused on LGBT+ people, sex workers, people living with HIV or people who use drugs in the last 12 months. 
  • Your proposal relates to an external threat to HIV-related human rights work, or an urgent advocacy opportunity to advance HIV-related human rights. 
  • You can evidence that the situation is unanticipated and time-specific. 
  • Your proposal demonstrates a realistic plan for strategic change within 1-6 months. 
  • Your proposal is supported by others in the sector who are familiar with your work and the situation. 
  • You can demonstrate capacity to sustain the activities in future if there is need. 

The following situations and activities are not eligible for funding through an emergency response grant: 

  • Direct humanitarian or material relief for individuals such as housing, food or medication. 
  • Foreseeable funding gaps.
  • Starting general HIV-related human rights projects that do not respond to a specific, urgent external threat or opportunity.
  • Activities that have already happened. 
  • Starting strategic litigation. 
  • 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; 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

Still have questions?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the grant-making process.

Check eligibility and apply here

Please answer the following questions to find out if you are eligible to apply for an Emergency Response Grant.