Aidsfonds and AFEW International call for applications on Emergencies threatening HIV service provision to key populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Organisations from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan.
In order to reach the overall goal, the Fund aims at supporting 80-100 organisations in the EECA with small grants in the period of 2019-2020. The maximum amount per grant is € 5 000. In exceptional cases, a maximum of € 10 000 can be requested.
With these grants, the Emergency Support Fund supports organisations representing key populations that face difficult circumstances due to legal barriers, stigma and discrimination, financial challenges, and political restrictions.
Support will be given to organisations carrying out activities that ensure access to HIV prevention, treatment and/or services for key populations, or projects protecting the human rights of key populations.
The HIV epidemic in EECA, particularly in the Russian Federation and Ukraine, remains the fastest growing in the world. Access to prevention and treatment in EECA is a crucial need, in particular for key populations most at risk.
NGOs and CBOs are the main actors who have the ability to reach these groups with effective programs, but they suffer from toughened legal environments and funding cuts, especially in Russia. They often deal with emergency situations due to poor basic healthcare, funding uncertainties and changing policies.
Applications can be submitted via the online application portal on an ongoing basis.