The Rapid Response Fund
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What is the Rapid Response Fund?
The Rapid Response Fund helps with urgent situations where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) and men who have sex with men (MSM) are facing stigma, discrimination and threats of violence that impact their access to HIV services.
Grants of up to $20,000 are provided to civil society organisations that are led by, or work with, LGBT people or MSM. Organisations can apply to support individuals whose situation meets the criteria for the grants outlined below.
What types of grants are available?
Two types of grants are available and applications for either can be made at any time:
Emergency Response Grants
These grants help with immediate threats to LGBT people and MSM and the HIV services that they need, where action must happen very quickly to be effective.
Examples of activities are: relocation of premises following forced eviction of CBOs or service providers that support LGBT people and their access to HIV services; post-violence psychosocial support; providing urgent HIV medication; and emergency safety measures for individuals or service providers that ensure access to HIV services can continue.
Challenge Response Grants
These are available for new or worsening situations that are urgent, but where activities take place over a number of months and contribute towards the removal of barriers for LGBT people and MSM to access HIV services.
For example, engaging local government and other stakeholders to respond to sudden legal, political or social developments affecting the ability of LGBT people and MSM to access HIV services.
Funding will only be issued for situations where it is necessary to respond urgently in order to have an impact.
What is the eligibility criteria?
In order to be eligible for a grant, an organisation must:
• be based in one of the 30 eligible countries, and
• be led by, or work with, LGBT people and/or MSM