The Elton John AIDS Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its 2011 open call for grant proposals.

For this funding round, as in previous years, EJAF invites LOIs from any proposed project that is aligned with EJAF grantmaking priorities including HIV programs focused on gay men’s health and rights, African American health and rights, youth mobilization for sexual health and rights, syringe access and harm reduction, prisoner re-entry, and scale-up of quality HIV programming in the southern United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Any nonprofit organization located in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Central and South America may apply for funding.

Unsolicited proposals should request no more than $50,000 during the calendar year of 2011.

Organizations must complete the online LOI by June 1, 2011. Organizations approved to submit a full application will be notified by July 15, 2011, with full online applications due by September 1, 2011.

Visit the EJAF Web site for complete program guidelines and the online LOI form:


2010 Grant Competition: Latin America & Caribbean Development Marketplace

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Call for proposals July 31st to September 30th. Focus on “Youth Developing Opportunity: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sustainability”.

Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program administered by the World Bank and supported by various partners that identifies and funds innovative, early-stage projects with high potential for development impact. Since its inception in 1998, DM has awarded roughly US$40 million to more than 1,000 projects through global, regional and country-level Marketplaces. Using DM funding as a launching pad, many projects go on to scale up or replicate elsewhere, winning prestigious awards for social entrepreneurship.

This year the 2010 Latin America & Caribbean Development Marketplace is focused on Youth Developing Opportunity: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sustainability.

July 31st to September 30th: Call for Proposals

The call for proposals provided on this website is open to participants from the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. The open, transparent and competitive selection process aims to attract ideas from a range of innovators: civil society groups, private firms, foundations, academia, and government.

There are an estimated 1.5 billion youth worldwide – 50% of them live in developing countries and 60% of them living below the poverty line. An estimated 140 million young people live in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Young people can be a source of growth and development, yet a subset of young people – often referred to as “youth at risk” – are prone to becoming victims or perpetrators of conflict, violence, poverty, and/or exclusion, which in turn threatens the economic, social and political wellbeing of their countries.

Youth entrepreneurship, the theme of this year’s LAC DM, exists in many forms, ranging from productive enterprises, operating in the private sector and focused on profit generation to social entrepreneurs, associated with the activities of Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations (NGO/CSOs). Both have a key role to play in the economic and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This competition recognizes innovation across this spectrum, and will reward projects that focus on reducing poverty, enriching lives and generating productive, healthy citizens. A central focus of this competition will therefore be on ideas that have the potential to create employment for young people and bring associated benefits to communities and society at large.

The LAC DM sponsors have identified three themes for this year’s competition. We seek ideas that are youth-led and/or youth-focused in the following areas:

  • The commercialization of locally produced biodiversity and agricultural products without degrading source habitats.
  • Innovative approaches to income generating opportunities for young people living in poor urban areas that are “hot spots” of crime and violence
  • Social and economic initiatives that contribute to the well-being of vulnerable groups

The LAC Development Marketplace 2010 is using a two-step process. Step 1 is to register your organization. The Submission form will then be automatically sent to registered participants who will be required to submit their proposals electronically (by email).

    The Submission Form will be sent to organizations who register under STEP 1. Registered participants can fill out the submission form using the guidelines and the step-by-step guide:



It is clear that HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination impedes all facets of HIV/AIDS prevention, education, awareness, direct care, psycho-social support, and treatment of PLWHA throughout the Caribbean and Central America.


PLWHA in this region universally agree there needs to be laws and policies initiated, enacted, widely publicized and communicated clearly to the public, and enforced that protect women and girls against sexual violence, gender discrimination of all kinds, domestic violence, protection for homosexuals and other at-risk groups (sex workers, prisoners, uniformed personnel, at-risk youth, etc.), confidentiality, and protect PLWHA in the workplace, housing and within the health care systems from discrimination. 


Other consistent challenges throughout the region included the following:


  • Lack of regular communication that ensures consistent information exchange, HIV/AIDS treatment/policy updates, and skills-sharing among AIDS Service Organizations (ASO) and NGOs (peer ASO/NGO in the region)
  • Low literacy levels
  • Limited computer/technical skills
  • Limited free and easily accessible condom distribution
  • Limited media/Public Relations/Marketing experience or skills among ASO and NGO
  • Little to no fundraising skills among key project staff of ASO/NGO
  • National networks are at different stages of development; which poses challenges for project implementation and management
  • Most ASO/NGO offices do not allow the space, comfort and privacy for confidentiality in regards to HIV/AIDS counseling and/or testing
  • Current HIV/AIDS research, treatment and global policy information such as the SMART study results, introduction of the new triple-therapy (“Atripla”) ARVT (one dose a day) , and the development of an algae-based micro-biocide (currently being used in Brazil) have not been funneled from “northern-based” ASO to ASO and NGO in the region
  • Limited or no mental health services available for PLWHA in this region
  • Absence of legislation (or enforcement) to protect PLWHA
  • Ignorance and discrimination within the health care systems, and most other sectors (from education to business/private)
  • Socio-economic issues and constraints such as high unemployment, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty-driven prostitution, illegal and legal immigration among the region, early sexual initiation, some obstacles from various churches, and USAID mandated ABC strategies endorsed by national AIDS responses.
  • (Perceived) Apathy from some of the PLWHA members themselves
  • Confidentiality issues among HIV Support Groups themselves; no grievance policies and regulations designed, implemented and enforced
  • Low self-esteem of PLWHA
  • HIV Drug adherence issues; many PLWHA disinterested in taking ARVT at all or afraid to be identified as “HIV+” by local pharmacist
  • Inconsistent access to drugs and few treatment options for ARVT-related side effects such as neuropathy, lypodystrophy (metabolic and body changes), urinary tract infections, etc. and Opportunistic Infections (OIs.)   PLWHA un-informed of other ARVT combinations and drugs being used in other countries—how can PLWHA do treatment advocacy if they do not know or understand all the drug options that are currently available on the world market?
  • ASO and NGO in the region are currently dependant upon large multi-national grants and this is not sustainable; therefore, a need for alternative funding strategies/skills/projects ranging from income generation projects to private, local and corporate support to capital campaigns and gifts-in-kind needed; local business/community support needed
  • Inadequate medical services such as laboratory services, few have the opportunity/funds/means to obtain a viral load (most PLWHA did not know what a viral load is), poor delivery, no grievance policies, and lack of confidentiality
  • Lack of donor/funding support for administrative and operations costs
  • Few or limited hospice or palliative care services for PLWHA
  • Difficulty in directly observing ARVT treatment (adherence issues)
  • Few or limited services for AIDS-related orphans (and vulnerable children)
  • Competition (instead of collaboration) among peer ASO and NGO in the region
  • Very little discussion about HIV education, awareness and prevention strategies for the youth