Rapid Response Fund FAQs

Find our answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) we receive about the Rapid Response Fund.

Can I send an application or a concept note by email?

Unfortunately we can only accept requests via the online application form on our website.

Can I get feedback about why my application was not successful?

Unfortunately we cannot provide feedback on individual applications. This is due to the high number of applications that we receive. We provide guidance about eligibility on the main Rapid Response Fund page and the Apply for a grant page as well as in these Frequently Asked Questions. We also carry out due diligence checks on every application to ensure that our limited funding goes to those most in need and best equipped to respond to situations.

I applied to the Rapid Response Fund but was rejected. Why?

There are a number of reasons that your application may have been rejected. Please check the eligibility criteria on the main Rapid Response Fund page and the Apply for a grant page. We often reject applications because the applicant or the proposal does not directly involve and reach the groups served by the Rapid Response Fund: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; people who use drugs; people who sell sex. Please see the other Frequently Asked Questions below for additional reasons why your application may have been rejected.

I have applied to do HIV prevention work in an eligible country with marginalised group/s. Why was my application rejected?

The Rapid Response Fund provides small grants where there is an urgent need to address barriers to HIV services. We cannot fund general HIV prevention work because this requires long term planning and sustainability.

I have applied to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda. Why was my application rejected?

The Rapid Response Fund receives the highest number of applications from these countries and for these communities. We seek to support the strengthening of existing LGBT rights movements in these countries. For this reason we can only provide grants to organisations that have already implemented a successful Rapid Response Fund grant in the past.

I have applied to work with people who use drugs; people marginalised by their HIV status; or people who sell sex in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya,  Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda. Why was my application rejected?

The Rapid Response Fund receives the highest number of applications from these countries. We seek to support the strengthening of existing movements and networks supporting these communities. For this reason we can only provide grants to organisations that are members of relevant networks for marginalised and key populations. Membership of such organisations is indicated on the application form.

I have applied from a network to distribute funding to member community-based organisations. Why was my application rejected?

The Rapid Response Fund only issues grants to organisations that will be directly implementing the proposed activities. We do not issue grants to networks or others for onward granting.

I have applied to work with adolescents, girls and women at risk of HIV transmission. Why was I rejected?

The Rapid Response Fund focuses on the following marginalised and key populations: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; people who use drugs; people who sell sex. We do not issue grants for HIV prevention activities targeting adolescents, girls or women, unless they are also part of one of these groups.