amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS
Research, is pleased to announce new funding for innovative projects that focus on advocacy and policy efforts
and/or structural interventions to promote systems change to address
HIV/AIDS among gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals
(GMT) in Africa. Grassroots
organizations led by or closely linked to men who have sex with men (MSM) or
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in low- and
middle-income countries in Africa are encouraged to submit relevant proposals.
Funds for this round of awards are made available through the generous support
of the AIDS Fonds of the Netherlands and the
This request for proposals (RFP) solicits proposals for
innovative community-led projects relevant to reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS
among gay men, other MSM, and/or transgender individuals (GMT).
priorities have been determined in advance of issuing the RFP by surveying a
wide range of community-based colleagues with experience and expertise in the
region. Based on the survey, only proposals that address the following
types of programming will be considered:
2. Structural Interventions
: modifying the social, economic, and
political structures and systems in which GMT
live. Rather than attempting to change individual behaviors, structural
interventions aim to change environments. These interventions may affect
technology, legislation, media, healthcare, and the marketplace. Structural
interventions may also help reduce HIV vulnerabilities by altering the physical
environments in which people live, work, play, or take risks. Examples include challenging local or
national policies that discriminate against GMT, engaging health and/or social
service professional in GMT sensitization programs, and media campaigns in the
general public to reduce homophobia.
Recognizing the increased challenges faced by transgender communities
and GMT living with HIV throughout Africa, relevant projects that include transgender communities and. or GMT living
with HIV will be given prioritized attention.
Projects that do not focus on advocacy and policy, or structural
interventions will not be considered for funding.
investment is relatively modest, priority will also be given to projects that
can be sustained after the conclusion of amfAR funding, and help to inform
local, national, regional, or international advocacy activities. Each proposal must
clearly explain the involvement of local MSM/LGBT communities in project
design, development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as having a clear monitoring
and evaluation plan.
The GMT Initiative
will provide support for organizational development activities if they are
directly related to the project and linked to longer-term goals related to HIV
among GMT. In addition, amfAR provides successful applicants with technical and
capacity-building assistance, which may include organizational development
activities if needed.
always, the GMT Initiative is receptive to feedback and suggestions regarding
the RFP and application process, so please do not hesitate to let us know what
Who Is Eligible to Apply?
organizations located in low-and middle-income countries in Africa (click here to see list of eligible countries);
organizations (e.g., NGOs, CBOs, and other charitable organizations) that are
the equivalent of U.S.
tax-exempt non-profit organizations;
comprised of MSM or LGBT
community members and/or that have established links to
MSM/LGBT communities and experience directly involving members of those
communities in the development and implementation of programs and activities;
with strong management and leadership;
with capacity to carry out the proposed activities and effectively manage award
Is Not Eligible and SHOULD NOT APPLY?
- Government organizations or units;
- For-profit organizations;
- Organizations based in countries
that are not on the list of eligible countries;
with annual operating budgets of more than $1 million USD;
- Organizations that do not involve MSM or LGBT community members
in the development and implementation of programs and activities.
Previous Award Recipients
encourages current MSM Initiative community award recipient organizations to
re-apply, recognizing systems change takes time. Proposals that are relevant to the focus of this RFP that
are submitted by current GMT Initiative community award recipients will be
prioritized for funding. Applications should include a summary of work
completed to date, accomplishments resulting from current amfAR funding, and
describe how the organization plans to build upon successes or challenges from
groups that are not yet formally registered may consider partnering with a
“sponsor” organization that is eligible to receive funding. The sponsor
organization would receive and manage funds, provide general oversight
for execution of the funded project, and potentially provide technical support
to the applicant. In such cases, the non-registered organization should apply
directly. However, the application should clearly identify the sponsor organization,
describe in detail all technical support that the sponsor will provide
(including monitoring and oversight of expenditures), and include a letter of
agreement from the sponsor.
The GMT Initiative (formerly the MSM Initiative) was
established by amfAR in 2007 and benefits from collaboration with various
international and regional agencies including UNDP, UNAIDS, Johns Hopkins
University – Center for Public Health and Human Rights, the Global Forum on MSM
& HIV, and other partners. The GMT Initiative’s community awards program
seeks to reduce the spread and impact of HIV among GMT individuals by providing
vital support to grassroots GMT efforts that are committed to advocating with
and serving individuals whose needs have often been ignored. For more
information about the GMT Initiative, visit http://www.amfar.org/gmt/.
Funding decisions will be based upon recommendations generated
by community-based peer review involving experts in the region who have the
same or similar expertise, perspectives, and focus on HIV among GMT as the
Forms and Instructions
Please use the links below to download
a copy of this RFP, the application and budget and justification forms, and
instructions. Please carefully read all
of the instructions before you start. The instructions include all of the
information necessary for the proper preparation and submission of a successful
and budget and justification forms may be submitted in English, French or
Portuguese. For application and budget and justification forms prepared in a
language other than English, amfAR requires that both
the original language version and an English translation also be
submitted. Even an approximate
translation such as one made using an Internet translation engine (e.g., Google
translate) is required. If a translation
is not provided, the proposal may not be accepted for review. Copies of both the original language version
of the proposal and the translated English version will be provided to
community peer reviewers. Please make sure your submission
includes the original language version of your proposal.
also provide the names and contact information of at least three external references
who are familiar with the organization and its work but who are not affiliated
with the organization or the project for which funding is requested. Please do not include letters of support or other
documents from your references. References may or may not be contacted as part
of the proposal review.
Application form (Microsoft Word)
Budget and justification form (Microsoft Excel)
Application instructions (PDF)
E-mail submission (preferred)
the completed application as an attachment to: http://www.amfar.org/gmt/
incoming file size is 5 MB.
If application packet files are larger than 5MB, we suggest you use a utility
such as YouSendIt (www.yousendit.com),
a secure online file sharing software that allows you to easily
send large files and email attachments. YouSendIt has a free service option.
Hard copy submission
by mail or courier to:
/ GMT Initiative Community Awards
120 Wall Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY
remember to mail or ship hard copy submissions with adequate time for delivery
applications (e-mail or hard copy) must be received no later than:
Oct. 18, 2012, 5 p.m. in New York City,
USA (UTC 21:00). Applications have closed.
strictly observed. Applications that are received late, are incomplete, or
exceed page or budget limitations (see instructions) will not be reviewed.
Proposals may include citations, listed references, and resumes (curricula
vitae) for key personnel. Web links to important documents and articles may be
listed, but they should not be
included as physical attachments.
are encouraged to e-mail msm.awards@amfAR.org
if they have any questions or seek advice about this RFP, program design, or
the application requirements.
Confidentiality and Communications
the review and award process, amfAR routinely respects the privacy of the
applicant and is committed to protecting from disclosure any confidential or
proprietary information contained in a submitted proposal.
However, the GMT
Initiative also recognizes that many organizations working to address HIV among
GMT individuals are doing this work in complex and sometimes dangerous or volatile
social, political, and legal environments. Groups that require special measures
to protect confidentiality, particularly due to security and safety concerns,
should indicate this need in the application for funding. In such instances we
will inform reviewers that extra confidentiality is needed, and we will limit
what we communicate about your organization with other funders, partners, and the
public. Indicating that extra confidentiality is not needed means that we will maintain routine confidentiality
about the funding proposal, but will feel free to communicate about the
proposal and the organization to other funders and partners in the interest of
While we will
make every effort to ensure confidentiality in these situations, amfAR, the GMT
Initiative, and its partners cannot guarantee complete confidentiality and/or
be held liable for the disclosure of information that causes harm to
individuals or groups associated with funded projects. Groups should be aware
that any information provided carries the risk of being shared publicly through
open dialogue about funding priorities, peer review processes, and
communications about GMT Initiative directions, decisions, and reported
outcomes. Submission of a funding application is deemed to indicate the
applicant’s understanding and acceptance of these risks.
Requirements and Restrictions
GMT Initiative aims to encourage, support, and document activities of the
highest quality. Therefore, all organizations funded by the GMT Initiative will
be required to provide interim and year-end progress reports of program
activities and expenditures. Organizations should be able and ready to document
appropriate financial and accounting controls, including measures to prevent
duplicated use or misappropriation of funds. Any renewal of funding will be
contingent upon careful adherence to these reporting requirements. In addition,
the GMT Initiative will work with partners within the region to be in contact
with award recipients, to monitor and document any needs for technical support
and assistance, and, if possible, to provide this support.
the GMT Initiative is made possible primarily through the private donations of
individuals and philanthropic foundations. The GMT Initiative will report
regularly to these funding partners about the use of funding and all supported
organizations and activities (except where confidentiality is specifically
Applicants whose proposals are recommended for funding will be required
to submit the documents listed below in the original language and in English as
part of the pre-award due diligence review and eligibility verification.
- Registration certificate
or other document demonstrating legal recognition of nonprofit or similar
- Organization bylaws,
charter or other document describing the organization’s purpose,
governance structure, etc.
- Audited or certified
financial statements for the most recently ended year; if such statement
is not available then a list of grants and other revenue will be required.
These documents should NOT be submitted with the application. They should
be submitted only if requested. Applicants should, however, be prepared to
submit the documents within three weeks if their proposal is recommended for