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:  http://www.ejaf.org/pages/grants/eligibility/index.html

The National AIDS Fund, with support from the Social Innovation Fund, has announced the opportunity for grant support through its Access to Care (A2C) initiative.

The goal of A2C is to increase the access and consistent utilization of effective HIV healthcare by People Living With HIV/AIDS, particularly those living in poverty, who know their HIV status but are not receiving HIV-specific care or support. Over the next three to five years, NAF will support approximately eight to twelve states, regions, and communities with high rates of infection to facilitate access to healthcare by strengthening support and service systems and addressing barriers that affect people’s readiness or ability to participate in HIV healthcare.

Grantseekers are encouraged to focus their applications on marginalized populations that traditionally have less access to, and retention within, medical care. Additionally, NAF seeks to spur innovative solutions to problems that have existed for PLWHA since the beginning of the epidemic — intersecting structural barriers to HIV care that include systems of care that do not address health needs with cultural competency, a lack of quality HIV care in rural or impoverished areas, lack of treatment self-efficacy among PLWHA, stigma and its impact on prevention, care and treatment deficiencies, and the individual-level dynamic that is the result of HIV infection being only one of many competing health and well-being challenges.

Applications should be coordinated by a lead entity for each project; priority will be given to efforts that share resources and involve multiple community partners that together have the trust of populations that experience the greatest challenges accessing healthcare.

Grantees must provide a local 1:1 dollar match toward their awards. NAF recognizes that communities will require assistance in identifying and accessing additional resources and will work with grantee communities in an effort to facilitate the process. Grant amounts are expected to fall into a range of $200,000 to $800,000 each annually, depending on the scope, scale, and numbers of individuals being reached in the proposed project. This range includes the local match amounts that grantees will be responsible for raising with NAF’s assistance.

Visit the National AIDS Fund Web site for complete grant guidelines and application materials: http://www.aidsfund.org/2010/09/20/national-aids-fund-with-support-from-the-social-innovation-fund-announces-availability-of-grant-resources-for-access-to-care-a2c-initiative/

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the opening of round six of its Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million grant initiative to encourage bold and unconventional global health solutions.

Grand Challenges Explorations offers researchers the chance to win grants of $100,000 to foster innovative projects with the potential to transform health in developing countries. The initiative focuses on areas where creative, unorthodox thinking is most urgently needed.

For this round, applicants are asked to focus their proposals on one of five topic areas: new approaches to cure HIV infection; next-generation sanitation technologies; low-cost cell phone-based applications for priority global health conditions; new technologies to support maternal and newborn health; and the poliovirus endgame: ways to accelerate, sustain, and monitor eradication.

The topic focusing on sanitation technologies highlights the integrated approach the foundation is taking toward health in developing countries. Improved sanitation is essential to reducing waterborne illnesses and has profound economic, educational, and social benefits.

The initiative uses a streamlined grantmaking process. Applications are two pages, and preliminary data about the proposed research is not required. All are encouraged to apply.

The foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately four months from the proposal submission deadline.

Initial grants will be $100,000. Projects showing success will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million.
Grand Challenges Web site

From World YWCA

Short Film Commission Where is the Money for Women’s Rights and HIV? – We Are Watching

We are writing to you to let you know about a new resource that the World AIDS Campaign, the World YWCA and Women Wont Wait are developing.

“Where is the Money for HIV?” is a joint campaign building on ARASA’s work, which is planned to be undertaken in partnership by ARASA, APCASO, Art Global Health Center at UCLA, LACCASO, Mosaic (South Africa), World AIDS Campaign (WAC), World YWCA and Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV.

As part of this campaign, WAC, the World YWCA and Women Wont Wait are sending out a Call for anyone interested who has the necessary experience to produce a 2 – 3 minute video campaign focusing on “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights and HIV?”.

The video will seek to highlight three main issues:

1. The realities of women and girls around the globe, particularly in regards to HIV related human rights violations
2. The money that is needed to work towards overcoming these violations
3. How money is misspent by governments instead of investing in women’s rights, going for example towards military expenditure instead of financing for women.

Interested persons should send a brief treatment and shot list/paper edit to womenshivfilm@gmail.com no later than September 1st 2010.
Late submissions will not be accepted. For more info: http://www.worldywca.org/YWCA-News/World-YWCA-and-Member-Associations-News/Short-Film-Commission-Where-is-the-Money-for-Women-s-Rights-and-HIV-We-Are-Watching

M·A·C AIDS Fund Accepting Grant Applications for Housing Services and Programs

The M·A·C AIDS Fund U.S. Community Grants Program supports organizations working to address the link between poverty and AIDS through grants for programs that are providing food and nutrition and housing services to people living with HIV and AIDS.

There are two application deadlines per year for the U.S. Community Grants program — one for food/nutrition applications and one for housing applications. (The 2010 deadline has passed.) Organizations may only apply for one of the two programs each year.

Priority will be given to direct-service programs. For the housing program, priority will be given to established AIDS housing services providers and programs providing direct housing services to clients.

Applicant organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.

The maximum grant amount that may be requested is $50,000.

Visit the M·A·C AIDS Fund Web site for complete program information and an eligibility quiz.

For application details: http://www.macaidsfund.org/#/work/application

The Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation (WWD-F), in Costa Rica, works mainly with women living with HIV/AIDS through the Granos Solidarios and GMAS programs, however, WWD-F also felt the need to help out the children affected by HIV/AIDS. Recognizing that it is important for these children to enjoy their childhood; to play; to laugh; to feel loved and respected. Above all, these marginalized children need to feel that they are not different from any other children, and that they are still an important and valid part of their community.

To assist these children, WWD-F created the Illori Project which organizes educational workshops for children affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as those living in high social risk situations. These workshops awaken the children’s creativity through dance, art and music, offer exercises to improve their flexibility, motor coordination and equilibrium, and use creative visualizations to develop their concentration, attention and memory. An important part of these workshops is to convey to the children different values, like respect, empathy, generosity, etc.

These workshops take place monthly, with an average attendance of 50 to 70 children at each workshop. The workshops have become so popular that WWD-F not able to accommodate all the children who want to participate. This Christmas, WWD-F wants to hold a Christmas Party, complete with gifts for each child, on the 22nd of December at the Parque del Este, in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Therefore, they are currently seeking gifts-in-kind donations as well as financial support to cover the costs of the party, food and gifts. Just know that is will be the ONLY gift these kids receive this holiday season.

Donations can be made through their website, http://www.wwd-f.org, or alternatively you can send a check (if you reside in the USA) to:

WWD-F
22 Ravenscroft Drive
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
USA
Tel: (506) 241-3736

If you reside in Costa Rica, WWD-F’s bank details and address are as follows:

Name: WWD-F
Swift: BSNJCRSJ
Name of Bank: Bac San Jose, Costa Rica
Account Number: 906417993 (American and Foreign Currency)
Account Number: 906418017
Urbanización Montelimar, del costado oeste de los Tribunales 500 m norte y 100 m este, frente a Radio Sonido Latino, casa color papaya. Calle Blancos, Goicoechea, San José.
Tel: 2241 3736
Apartado postal Nº 1323, Correo de Guadalupe, San José

For all other countries, please donate through their website: http://www.wwd-f.org.
And please add “Costa Rica” to all donations. If at all possible, please send an email to sonia@wwd-f.org advising her of your donation so she can send you a photo of the party.

Any questions? Contact Sonia Torres at sonia@wwd-f.org

Organisation

School of Environmental Design and Rural Development , University of Guelph

Deadline

August 31, 2009

Region / Country

Global

Summary of RFP

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development is looking for research projects which focus on HIV/AIDS-related rural agricultural development to include in a knowledge base for research on HIV/AIDS, agriculture and rural development.

This knowledge base will be accessible as databases and a web portal. It will compile past and current research projects, literature and publications, multimedia, and organizational case studies, as they relate specifically to HIV/AIDS and its intersection with food security, agricultural and rural development issues.  The goal of this project is to create a knowledge base which can be used by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and research, and development organizations.

Submission Instructions

To share information about any pertinent research project(s) with which you may currently be, or have in the past been involved, please contact: agaidsnet@gmail.com