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Elton John AIDS Foundation: Addressing the Needs of Transgender People and Black Gay, Bisexual, Same Gender Loving Men

Deadline: June 30, 2018

The mission of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is to end the AIDS epidemic by ensuring everyone has the information and means to prevent infection and all people living with HIV have access to high-quality medical care and treatment. EJAF’s new initiative “Addressing the Needs of Transgender People and Black Gay, Bisexual, Same Gender Loving (SGL) Men” aims to meet the following goals:

  • Improved HIV-related health and quality of life of Black men who are gay or bisexual
  • Improved HIV-related health and quality of life of transgender people

To reach the stated goals, effective programs may also seek to address many other correlated health, social, and structural issues such as:

  • Addressing inequalities by race, gender, age, urban/rural locations, and other factors that affect access to health care, education, and social services
  • Supporting sexual health and education, mental health services, addiction support, and community mobilization
  • Protecting people from exposure to and harm from punitive policing and criminal justice systems, including access to legal services, access to education and employment, and opportunities for professional and economic advancement
  • Supporting political organizing and advocacy for systemic change

Funding priorities include:

  • Innovations in health promotion and services at organizations led by Black gay and bisexual men, including programs to increase rates of HIV testing, access to PrEP, and people’s linkage to and engagement in health care and rates of viral suppression
  • Increased accommodation and services for transgender people in HIV-focused programs, such as peer-led health promotion, social and mental health services, and provision of hormone therapy, to encourage increased rates of HIV testing, access to PrEP, and people’s linkage to and engagement in health care and rates of viral suppression
  • Support of leadership and leadership development of transgender people and Black gay and bisexual men in HIV services and other health programs, including efforts to create new professional opportunities for community leaders, professional growth among new managers, organizational leadership transitions, and other activities for organizational management and community leadership
  • Political organizing and advocacy by HIV-focused organizations and coalitions to promote health access, legal justice, and equal opportunity in education and employment for transgender people and Black gay and bisexual men

EJAF welcomes proposals working at the intersection of HIV and the following areas:

  • Healthcare-related Policy Reform: This includes ensuring that transgender people and Black gay and bisexual men have access to high quality medical care, social services, and all other forms of support to ensure physical and mental well-being. These could include efforts to expand access to PreP, Medicaid, HIV treatment, and medically necessary surgeries and treatments.
  • Economic Justice: The goal of working on economic justice is to create an opportunity for transgender people and Black gay and bisexual men to build a material foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and creative life. Examples include professional development and training, opportunities to grow both individual and community wealth, and structures to raise and grow funds for organizations and networks that serve the identified communities.
  • Racial Justice: In this context, racial justice refers to having policies, beliefs, practices, attitudes, and actions that promote equal opportunity and treatment of all races.
  • Gender Justice: In this context, gender justice refers to equitable power relations among all genders where everyone is valued equally and empowered to pursue their human rights and fundamental freedoms. In addressing gender justice as part of this initiative EJAF needs to promote the health and wellness of transgender and Black gay and bisexual communities by fostering activities that enhance the quality of life.
  • Immigrant Justice: In this context, immigrant justice refers to equitable protection for those who have migrated to the U.S. regardless of HIV status.
  • HIV Criminalization: In this context, HIV criminalization refers to criminal laws that penalize alleged, perceived, or potential HIV exposure. Changing these laws is key to improving the health and wellness of the transgender and Black gay and bisexual male communities.

Competitive applicants will explain how meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) is reflected in the organization’s culture, hiring practices, leadership development, and project design. This will be a critical component for all applicants, but especially those who may be newer to HIV work. It is important that the expertise of people most affected by the HIV epidemic are connected to and help inform the applicant’s work.

Amount: Over the next three years (2019-2021) EJAF anticipates awarding approximately $11,000,000 ($3,700,000 annually). First-time applicants should apply for grants of between $20,000 and $100,000 per year. Organizations may apply for two or three years of funding, with detailed budgets for all years, with an understanding and expectation that budgets can be adjusted in the second or third year to reflect evolving programmatic needs.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations or organizations with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor that are based and perform their work in the United States. Additionally, EJAF encourages applicants to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant organizations or networks should be led by and based in the communities being served
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated history of activism, advocacy, community organizing, service delivery, creativity, and urgency in working to address and curtail the HIV epidemic
  • Applicants’ strategies should either be grounded in evidence-based interventions or be willing to replicate best practices to promote health and wellbeing of identified communities

Link: http://newyork.ejaf.org/annual-request-for-proposals-open/

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