Rapid Response Fund launched for LGBT groups in hostile environments

From today, people and communities in 29 countries who are at risk of experiencing human rights violations as a result of their sexuality or gender identity will have access to support from a new fund managed by the Alliance.

Organisations that represent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and men who have sex with men (MSM) are eligible to apply to the Rapid Response Fund.

The Rapid Response Fund, funded by a partnership between the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and UNAIDS will support civil society organisations that are led by, or work closely with MSM and LGBT people and communities, to implement rapid responses to situations or events that threaten their access to HIV services. Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

Shaun Mellors, Director of Knowledge and Influence at the Alliance, said: “MSM and LGBT communities are under threat in many countries around the world.

MSM and LGBT communities are under threat in many countries around the world.

“When local MSM and LGBT communities come under threat it is often the local, community-based networks that fill the gap, providing legal, economic and sometimes physical protection from a hostile outside world. This fund has been set up precisely to help those organisations to protect themselves and to support them in working towards a future in which MSM and LGBT communities can be free from stigma, violence and discrimination.” 

Two types of grant are available to MSM and LGBT-led civil society organisations, or organisations that have a proven track record of working with MSM and LGBT people and communities.

  • Emergency Response Grants to support activities that respond to immediate and urgent threats to the LGBT community, and where action must happen very quickly to be effective, and
  • Challenge Response Grants for longer term projects aimed at influencing legal, policy or other developments deemed hostile to LGBT communities and that could affect the ability to access HIV services for LGBT and MSM.

For more information about the Rapid Response Fund, and how to apply, visit the Rapid Response Fund.

Also read our blog: Why do we need a Rapid Response Fund for LGBT and MSM groups?