2019 Small Grants Gender and HIV

Eurasian Key Populations Health Network (EKHN) is pleased to announce an open Request for Proposals (RfP) for 2019 Small Grants Program “GENDER and HIV”.

  • 2019 EKHN project budget
Contacts for questions and submission: Badalyan@ekhn.pl


EKHN Small Grants Program guideline

1. Introduction

Eurasian Key Populations Health Network (EKHN) is pleased to announce an open Request for Proposals (RfP) for 2019 Small Grants Program “GENDER and HIV”.

Through this RfP, EKHN invites proposals from Balkans, Eastern European and Central Asian (BEECA) civil society organizations scaling up access to gender oriented, sensitive and/or transformative HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and assuring that resources are mobilized and utilized appropriately to respond gender gap in HIV epidemic for TRANSGENDER (TG) communities.

The goal of this year’s EKHN Small Grants Program is to contribute to improved health, inclusion and social wellbeing for TG in BEECA. To reach this goal, EKHN provides funding to strengthen the institutional and advocacy capacity of civil society and their alias. The regional networks and national organizations, which meet the definitions and criteria set by this RfP are invited to apply for a grant for up to seven months (May – November 2019). The deadline for submission of proposals is March 04, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) CET.

2. General Background

In the EECA region HIV-related stigma and discrimination constitute a major barrier for key populations, especially TG and people living with HIV to access HIV prevention, treatment and support. Because of stigma and discrimination, or fear of it, TG are reluctant to test and follow up on the results of testing/survey/medical examinations, even if they have access to services. Many transgender also experience gender-based violence, which debars them from the system of prevention, treatment and care services. Meanwhile gender-based differences and inequalities influence the health of TG by decreasing their access to services. Most important human rights and gender barriers to accessing HIV services in the region are defined as follows:

  1. Criminalization and excessive law enforcement practices targeting KPs (especially PWID, FSW and Transgender).
  2. The existence of regulations that limit the availability of community-based HIV prevention services for TG (including rapid HIV testing, testing on outreach) or stigmatizing persons with newly identified HIV status (e.g. obligatory partner notification).
  3. Denial of health care, employment and accommodation rights for PLHIV and TG based on their status and identification.
  4. Persistent myths and insufficient level of knowledge about HIV transmission, patient-centered approaches to prevention and treatment of HIV among medical staff.
  5. Gender blind approaches in services, gender stereotyping, as well as cultural and religious norms, established traditions influencing public opinion in relation to PLHIV and TG.
  6. Internalized stigma among PLHIV and TG, also enhanced by the fears about how they are perceived in their communities and in the society at large.
  7. TG needs are neglected or in most cases are covered under MSM programs without gender focus and sensitization on TG specific needs, the community faces severe human rights barriers to accessing services.
  8. Significant regulatory barriers for TG migrants and travel restrictions based on HIV status.

In general, health data, including HIV prevalence data, are less robust for TG people than for the general population for BEECA region due to challenges in sampling, lack of population size estimates and issues of stigma and discrimination. National programs frequently fail to disaggregate the data for TG population and involve sample sizes too small to make reasonable inferences. TG people remain severely underserved in the response to HIV, with only 0% of EECA countries reporting that their national AIDS strategies address TG people. Currently, all EECA countries National strategies are ignoring the fact that Transgender women had odds of HIV infection 49 times greater than the general population, that the transgender women sex workers had a pooled HIV prevalence of 27%, compared with 15% among transgender women who did not engage in sex work. Of note, no countries in EECA had published HIV prevalence data on transgender, despite a clear massage from UNAIDS Gap Reports suggesting that HIV prevalence among transgender women sex workers is nine times higher than for non-transgender female sex workers and three times higher than for male sex work.

In combination with the worsening economic situations in the region and other social determinants human rights and gender inequalities barriers, continue to reinforce, and diminish further efforts in reaching the Fast Track targets on the national and regional level. 

3. Specific Background

EKHN Small Grants Project proposals open call is developed and launched in response to the pressing need to address the persistent gender inequalities and human rights violations that putTransgender at a greater risk of, and more vulnerable to HIV. EKHN seeks and will fund innovative and client-centric ideas focusing on actions in Gender and HIV and that would achieve the following results:

  • Strongly contribute to the EKHN ’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities,
  • Promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals, as the EKHN motto for the Strategic Plan 2017 – 2019 is “Sustainable Development Goals for Key Populations”,
  • Institutionally stronger TG community and civil society in terms of Gender and HIV,
  • Improved and sustainable Gender and HIV advocacy capacity for TG community,
  • Increased TG community influence to make changes with regards Gender and HIV issues,
  • More enabling and gender equality affirming social, policy and legal environment for TG community,
  • More accessible, gender based, quality HIV services and programs for TG community,
  • Resources made available and spent properly to create better conditions for gender approach to HIV,
  • Most strongly demonstrate commitment to build TG organizational gender capacity,
  • link TG groups to each other as a way to jointly share, strategize and build gender and HIV solidarity.

Here are some examples that can be funded, but not limited to:

  • Organization of National Gender Academies with the adaptation of Eurasian Gender Academy curriculum and approaches. (for more information about Eurasian Gender Academy, please visit: ekhn.pl),
  • Designing and conducting gender and HIV activities targeting the Sustainable Development Goals,
  • Elaborating and conducting evidence-based gender assessments, analysing, studies, researches with community, national and external team, experts and consultants involvement,
  • Designing and implementing public events, companies, mass media, awards, social mobilization, advocacy on Gender and HIV,
  • Organizing and conducing trainings, seminars, workshops, conferences, camps and other educational events, as well as elaboration and publication of informational and educational awareness raising materials on Gender and HIV,
  • Developing TG led and based organizations’ Strategic Plan, Advocacy Plan and Financial Plan with gender based approach,
  • Reviewing and adapting national and local Strategies, Polices, Budgets, Curriculum on HIV and healthcare in terms of gender equality,
  • Developing mechanisms, instruments, polices, competences and capacities in provision of the gender oriented, gender sensitive and gender transformative services,
  • Organizations of the art and culture activities, festivals, exhibitions, film and video making aimed to promote gender equality in Public Health and HIV, etc.

EKHN will be able to provide technical support in conducting some trainings, i.e. adaptation and conduction of Eurasian Gender Academy model, developing gender inclusive institutional documents, i.e. Strategic Plan, Gender Policy, etc.

4. Eligibility

Each application received by this RfP deadline will be screened by EKHN to ensure that it meets the defined eligibility criteria:

  • EKHN issued this call for proposals for international, regional and national officially registered civil society organizations in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
  • The minimum required sum should be 2000,-USD with the maximum being up to 4000,-USD.
  • One organization can submit ONLY one proposal as the main applicant but can be partner in several projects.
  • The project maximum duration can be 7 months or less starting in the 01stMay and lasting until the 30th November 2019.
  • Calibri 11 font size needs to be used with maximum page number for entire application being 20 pages.
  • Applications need to be submitted in English.
  • Attachments other than the documents required will NOT be taken into consideration.
  • Applications need to be received no later than: the 04th March, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) CET.

Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered eligible for further review and will NOT be sent a notification of this. With the aim to increase coverage with quality HIV interventions, EKHN will pay a special attention for policies and procedures on Corruption, Fraud and Mismanagement (CFM) and whistle-blowing as well as Diversity Integrity in project and within applicant organizations.

5. Deadline and application procedure

Under this round, EKHN is requiring projects for an estimated period of May – November 2019 with 3 up to 7 months duration.

Interested organizations should submit the following 2 documents to Badalyan@ekhn.pl

  1. Project Narrative Proposal and
  2. Project Budget

The deadline for submission of an application is the 04thMarch, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be taken into consideration.