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HIV Young Leaders Fund’s Small Grants Programme

Call for Applications: HIV Young Leaders Fund’s Small Grants Programme

Deadline: 10 March 2017

HIV Young Leaders Fund’s Small Grants Programme

HIV Young Leaders Fund’s Small Grants Programme

The HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF) is seeking applications for its 2017 Small Grants Programme to support organizations and projects led by and serving young key populations affected by HIV, with limited access to funding opportunities and working within countries and regions with diverse structural challenges.

The mission of The HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF) is to invest in young people’s leadership in the HIV response by supporting youth-led initiatives with small grants, providing them with technical assistance to implement their projects and making capacity building opportunities accessible for them to ensure their sustainability.

Funding Information

Grassroots organizations (local or national) can apply for up to $5,000 USD and regional networks can apply for up to $10,000 USD.

Funding Priorities

  • HYLF supports youth-led initiatives serving young key populations affected by HIV, in this sense their funding priorities are set in base with a context analysis and taking in consideration regional epidemics and funding gaps.
  • For this year, HYLF through its Small Grants Programme aims to meet the needs of transgender youth considering that HIV prevalence rates in this key affected population are dramatically increasing in most regions in the world.
  • In parallel, it’s important to address the needs of the four million young people aged 15-24 living with HIV in the globe and to make visible the needs and challenges of young people with disabilities living with HIV.
  • HYLF’s 2017 Small Grants Programme will support outstanding grassroots youth-led organizations or projects and regional networks working with and/or for the following young key populations:
    • Young people living with HIV
    • Transgender youth
    • Young people with disabilities living with or affected by HIV

Work supported by HYLF

  • Local, national, regional or international HIV advocacy:

For example: A national advocacy  strategy to make harm reduction  available to young people who use drugs; working with health clinics to change adjust their SRHR programs and services hours so more transgender youth and young people engaged  in selling  sex would  be able to access  them; asking  the National  Aids Council  to  collaborate  together  with  your  organization  to  develop  a  prevention strategy to raise awareness and create programs for young gay men and young people living with HIV.

  • Peer-based services:

For example: Starting or maintaining a support group for young people living with HIV to continue providing information and peer-based services; a project that helps street children and adolescents get health care; or HIV treatment and prevention education for young sex workers.

  • Community mobilization:

For example: Creating a coalition to address stigma in public schools towards young people  living  with HIV or organizing  a group  of young  people  into a treatment activism network.

  • Community-based or community-led research:

For example: Research study by a young positive network on challenges faced by its members in accessing sexual and reproductive health services.


  • Only youth-led organizations or youth-led projects and networks focused on serving young key populations are eligible for funding.
  • Proposals, which clearly demonstrate a team of young people, share decision-making responsibilities and leadership will be prioritized.
  • Organizations that receive funding must be registered as non-profit organizations. Non-registered groups or networks can also apply for a grant but they must have a registered fiscal sponsor and must also have a written agreement with their fiscal sponsor outlining the terms of the sponsorship.
  • Applying organizations and initiatives must be based in a developing country as per the OECD list (mentioned below).
  • HYLF highly encourages applications from initiatives led by young key populations addressed within this 2017 Small Grants Programme.
  • Applicants cannot serve on HYLF’s Community Review Panel if applicants apply for funding as the leader of a project or organization, and their organization can’t be part of HYLF’s Supervisory Board.
  • Individuals, for-profit organizations and networks, and government institutions are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

  • Only one proposal may be submitted per organization.
  • Applicants need to download, fill out and submit the Grant Application Form ( and the Budget Template ( templategs-2017-2/)
  • Applicants can allocate up to 35% of their budget for Core Funding.
  • It is important to us that you are honest in your application, and that you do not misrepresent your work or the people you work with.
  • Fro this Call fro Proposals, applications may be submitted  only in English.
  • All applications must be received  by  10 March  2017, 11:59 pm GMT. No applications will be considered after this time.
  • Submit  your application via email to

To  consider  your  application  the  subject  of  your  email  must  include  the legend “Grant Application” followed by the name and country of your organization,  for example:  Grant Application–HIV  Young Leaders Fund-The Netherlands.

For more information, please visit Small Grants Programme.

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